Art Appreciation

Ref: C3530712

Through a selection of various artworks across mediums (painting, sculpture, printmaking, new media), genres (landscape, still life, figurative, social and political) and historical periods, this course will help participants start to develop a critical awareness and appreciation of art through a process of visual analysis and study. The course will introduce and develop a vocabulary of appropriate terminology as well as distinguish between personal judgement and critical analysis through a process of individual and inter-participant study and discussion.

Course aim

An introduction to developing a critical awareness and appreciation of art through a process of visual analysis.

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:

  • Recognise at least 2 relevant areas of consideration around critically appreciating a work of art
  • Identify and differentiate between personal opinion and objective opinion
  • Develop a vocabulary around critical art analysis and list at least 5 useful terms and/or descriptive words
  • Identify and describe 6 different media employed within the visual arts

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?

  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Art Appreciation

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