What is Spanish Art?

Ref: C3127119

In our current global society it is sometimes irrelevant to apply national boundaries to art. However, historically, it still makes sense to examine artwork produced within such a framework. This course sets out to examine how the natural environment, culture, religion and politics of the Spanish region has influenced its art, starting with studies of the caves of Altamira, the influence of the Moorish invasion, and the evolution of Romanesque art and architecture.It will then focus on the impact of Spain's wealth, derived from its plundering of South American cultures, on the religious and court paintings of El Greco, Velazques, Zurbaran, Murillo, and Goya before examining the reasons for the explosion of modern art in the twentieth century starting with the Spanish Impressionist Sorolla and moving on to the world changing art of Picasso, Dali, Juan Gris, Miro and Tapies.

Course aim

To provide an overview of the culture of Spain to help to understand how Spanish art has developed over time.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify key historical events that have influenced Spanish art.
  • Recognise some of the key Spanish artists and their work
  • Recognise the influence of Moorish architecture

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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What is Spanish Art?

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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