Nuts about Grayson

Ref: C3127869

Through this course, your tutor will share their enthusiasm for the artist, Grayson Perry. Perry has recently hit the our screens during lockdown to present his show, 'Grayson's Art Club' where he chose a different theme each week and invited viewers at home to produce their own responses. There is something about the artist and his artwork that is very accessible, inclusive and often full of humour and stories. On the course, you will learn new techniques and develop your own ideas. The artist is also a self-confessed TV addict so we may well take inspiration from things like popular culture, including the soaps and fashion. Each week we will look at a different element of his work, ranging from his potteries that feature scenes 'picking apart our class system', to his dresses he wears as his alter-ego 'Claire', which are designed for him. From his Art to his writing and his personality, we will discover more about this artist, until you too are 'Nuts about Grayson'!

Course aim

A course that focuses on the work and relevance of the artist Grayson Perry. Each week we will look at different aspects of the artist’s work and move to produce our own artwork inspired by his themes, style and teachings.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Take part in a discussion, share your informed opinion - how you feel about Grayson Perry's work?
  • Create a piece of artwork that tells a story and has some sort of social commentary in it, inspired by the artist's work and developed by your own ideas.
  • Show progression in a sketchbook that demonstrates at least two different techniques, inspired by his work.
  • Talk to the group or write about your artwork with a more positive outlook than you did before this course, embracing the quote 'Your mistakes are your style'
  • Create a piece of art, inspired by an object in your home, which reflects who you are as an artist.

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
  • 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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • You will be able to keep a digital portfolio of your work on WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas.
  • 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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

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 also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • 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
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • A Sketchbook is needed and pens, pencils.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

Nuts about Grayson

Enrolment Conditions

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

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