Art Nation Street

Ref: C3127480

As a self confessed ‘Telly Addict’, Artist, Grayson Perry has said, “I always say to people if you want to see what Britain looks like, watch Gogglebox. It's brilliant and funny and warm and clever”. In this course we will be looking to TV past and present for our inspiration to develop interesting and original art. Our aim is that this course will have a real accessible feel to all. Each week we will take a different theme or series to pick out imagery that resonates with us and discover ways to improve our artistic skills - to represent our favourite characters, scenes and catchphrases. In particular we will be looking at programmes that are quintessentially British with all their charm. Whether you feel like,'No Nothing Mr Fawlty' or 'Don't Belieeeeeve it' can be done, you are welcome to join this class and find out more. In addition to creating art, we will also be having discussions and playing along with quizzes too.

Course aim

The television has been something that has sat in the corner of many of our rooms for years and has fed us no end of imagery, why not take those images, characters and places and transform them into exciting pieces of Art, for students at any level?

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Discuss confidently with my peers, which shows I enjoy watching and say why they are important to me - analysing characters, plot lines and imagery.
  • Take inspiration from shows, creating a minimum of 2 pieces of Art featuring characters, text and location.
  • Demonstrate how I can create effective portraits using techniques shown to me by my tutor - creating at least 1 example.
  • Explore the medium of collage: cut up TV magazines to create playful and inventive new artwork.
  • Make people smile when they look at my art work as I find ways to incorporate humour and nostalgia into my pieces.

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?

  • 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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • You will need to bring your own sketchbook and possibly a folder to keep the collection of art you will be producing. An apron or old clothes would also be necessary in weeks where we will be using paints.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course information sheet

Art Nation Street

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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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