The Art of Things: An In-Depth Study of Still Life as an Art Form

Ref: C3744577

In this course we will investigate the genre in art that has come to be known as Still Life. We will look at examples of the depiction of food, of exotic objects and those that are more mundane and discuss how they fit in with the development of art history more broadly. Examples will be plucked from the religious and historical art of the past, notably the work of northern European artists such as Jan Van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden. Works of art that are more obvious still life studies will be investigated in depth, using the work of great artists such as Helst, Caravaggio, Chardin, Van Gogh and Picasso. Modern and contemporary photographic studies will also be included

Course aim

This course will investigate the representation of objects in fine art, from the ancient world to the present day. Major artists will include Jan van Eyck, the artist of the Dutch Golden Age, Chardin, Picasso and more.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Identify and describe one still life by Caravaggio.
  • Identify and describe one flower painting by Rachel Ruysch
  • Begin to discuss the innovations in still life painting and sculpture in the modern period.

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

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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The Art of Things: An In-Depth Study of Still Life as an Art Form


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