Painting in the Early Renaissance: Love & Measurement

Ref: C3127124

This eight-session course will draw from a selection of works by artists working in Italy and Northern Europe in the period 1300-1500. The course will include close-views of work by Giotto, Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, Masaccio, Piero della Francesca, Andrea Mantegna and Botticelli. The course would suit those taking an interest in early Renaissance paintings for the first time and also provide the opportunity to close-view selected paintings for those wishing to refine and develop their understanding and viewing skills. This course encourages a focussed view of early Renaissance painting choosing examples from the period. A theme for the sessions will be the ideas of Love and Measurement. A specific itemised calendar will be provided on day one which could lead you to research some of the works by the artists involved.

Course aim

To provide a vocabulary to describe visual works of art and to enhance recognition of the functions behind paintings produced in Europe during the early Renaissance before 1500.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for students who attend a specific centre only. For more information please call 0300 303 3464

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

  • Use a vocabulary to describe visual works of art.
  • Enhance your recognition of the functions behind art produced in Europe in the early Renaissance.
  • Begin to recognise intrinsic and extrinsic contexts for visual art works.

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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in 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.)
  • All books should be provided by the learner. No equipment is required.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Students are provided with a detailed itinerary of works displayed and discussed at each session.The tutor provides a weekly online web page, giving the content from the previous sessions. An indication of sites to visit is provided during the course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • The skills and knowledge gained would facilitate further study of similar visual studies with the WEA and, for the more determined, the Open University. Progression would also be experienced, at a personal level, by those students following up the sessions with reading and visiting galleries.

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Painting in the Early Renaissance: Love & Measurement

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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