Myths, Legends and Romance in Art and Music

Ref: C3744541

Have you ever looked at art works and struggled to understand the stories they show, or wanted to know more about the characters in art works and music. Myths, legends and romances have been the lifeblood of art and music throughout history. Enjoy this journey through the landscape of literature from ancient to modern times. Hear the tales behind the sculptures and pictures, from the flood stories of ancient Iraq and the bible to modern "classics". Listen to the music, from folk tunes to the symphony orchestra and the operas, music inspired by the stories of the ancient heroes in Greek mythology and the intrigues of the devious gods. Enjoy the golden braid of literature, art and music from different epochs: Babylonian and Egyptian myths. Greek and Roman stories. Bible stories. Dark Ages literature. Arthurian legends. Medieval Romances. Shakespearean tales. Middle Eastern tales. Victorian and 20th century stories.

Course aim

Myths, Legends and Romance in Art and Music. The course will explore the enriching links between stories, art and music, from ancient to modern times. Each week examples from a different epoch will be examined, with music.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • No particular qualifications are required but a level 2 (i.e. GCSE) standard of English will be assumed.

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

  • To enjoy and understand art works with more confidence through a greater knowledge of the stories they illustrate.
  • To be more aware of the influences of literature in art and music
  • To appreciate the cross-cultural links in the 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
  • Full illustrated notes will be provided in all the lectures. In addition there will be quizzes to enable the students to reinforce their knowledge at home. The Powerpoint presentations will be available to anyone who requests.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • As a preparation, students are encouraged to visit galleries and read art books, and note how many art works have a literary background, knowledge of which will enhance enjoyment of the works.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Information will provided about: Becoming a volunteer guide (or general helper) at an art gallery, museum or historical house. Joining a higher level art history course. Gaining qualifications in guiding or msueum work.

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Myths, Legends and Romance in Art and Music


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