Women in Art: Part 1

Ref: C3744440

The first drawing was by a woman. According to Pliny the Elder, that is. Legend has it that the Corinthian Dibutades traced the shadow of her lover on a cave wall. Clearly, this once popular legend contradicts the historical record. Cave painting, after all, predates by several thousand years the Graeco-Roman world. The gender of the creators of prehistoric art is not known. What is known is that since antiquity women have participated in the visual arts; whether as subject, maker or patron. Spanning history and art movements, this course will not only consider the lives and work of these often marginalised female art makers, commissioners and collectors and the obstacles they faced but also the socio-cultural conditions that shaped them and the representation of women in the visual arts and the wider culture, whether that be idealised, demonised, objectified or sexualised. Definitely not in any way a feminist rant, but rather a journey of discovery for all. Come join us!

Course aim

Over ten weeks Women in Art (Part 1) provides an introduction to the cultural conditions, issues and debates that shaped the lives and work of female artists. Not simply 'model, muse, mistress' but 'patron, painter, photographer' and much more.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • discuss a range of historical and contemporary socio-cultural issues and debates associated with the role of female art practitioners and patrons throughout the history of art using appropriate language and terminology
  • consider a range of historical and contemporary socio-cultural issues and debates associated with the representation of women in art and culture employing language and terminology appropriate to the subject area
  • name and be conversant with the lives and work of a number of once culturally marginalised and/or unrepresented female art practitioners using appropriate language and terminology

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
  • Group discussion will be encouraged

What else do I need to know?

  • Course presentation handouts and supporting material will be provided as will access to a selection of texts. Writing materials will be required

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • A suggested reading list will be provided during the course, as well as access to a limited range of texts

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

Women in Art: Part 1

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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