The Human Body in Art - Richmond Branch

Ref: C2421659

This course will look at different expressions of the human body through the history of art. Topics that will be explored include Leonardo di Vinci's fascination with science and anatomy; Henri Matisse's joyful expression of the body in movement; Frida Kahlo's depiction of the female body in pain, and Lubaina Himid and Jean-Michel Basquiat's representation of black identity. The artists' expressions of the body will be related to contemporary religious, philosophical and cultural thinking. While there will be a chance to explore our place in relation to some of the raised issues like beauty, intimacy, illness, and wellness, the course will also explore problematic politics in some representations of the body.

Course aim

Michelangelo, Matisse, Frida Kahlo and Jean-Michel Basquiat were all fascinated by the human form. This course will explore what the human form means to various artists.

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:

  • Understand/ and enjoy various expressions of the human body in art.
  • Be more knowledgeable about art.
  • Be more knowledgeable about different cultural positions on the human body.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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

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The Human Body in Art - Richmond Branch

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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