Seminar: The Art of Mayans and Aztecs

Ref: C3744516

Before the European Conquest, the geography of Central America was home to an array of extraordinary cultures, producing some of the most powerful art and monumental architecture the world has ever seen. In order to give a balanced account of Native arts & cultures, we’ll set them in their own Native cultural and historical context. Even though culturally diverse, the Maya and Aztec material worlds (craft, architecture, food, landscape) were intimately linked to their expressive worlds (song, myth, art, ritual drama), and fundamentally linked to their natural environments. To better understand and appreciate all these vital elements, the emphasis throughout will be on Indigenous original sources.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Education Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

A very visual, compact and informal introduction to the marvellous worlds of Maya and Aztec art and culture from a Native perspective. Emphasis will be on the enormous diversity of Native art and cultures before the European invasions.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • Everyone welcome!

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

  • Recognise significant Aztec and Mayan artworks
  • Discuss the main characteristics of Aztec and Mayan art and architecture
  • Plan your next field trip to Mesoamerica

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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Any exploration (via courses, research, reading, distance learning, web work, etc.) of individual cultures and their arts, of European colonial history, of the history of food and agriculture; better yet, visit Central America to experience them directly.

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Seminar: The Art of Mayans and Aztecs

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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