Poetry and Art: From Ancient Greece to the Present-day

Ref: C3128142

The course provides a broad selection of visual works linked directly to poetry. The selection covers a historic range from ancient Greece to recent examples in Europe and North America. Examples of visual work will be the focus of the online sessions linked to specific readings of poetry that students may undertake in their own time. Examples will draw from Greek vase painters and Roman wall paintings; illustrations for the poetry of Dante by Botticelli, William Blake and Robert Rauschenberg; illuminated manuscripts and paintings in the Renaissance; work by poet-artists William Blake and David Jones; illustrations for the work of John Milton; American twentieth-century works by Philip Guston, Larry Rivers, Grace Hartigan, with Frank O’Hara and Clark Coolidge; R.B. Kitaj, Paula Rego, Cy Twombly and Anselm Kiefer. A specific itemised calendar will be provided on day one which could lead students to research some of the works by the artists and poets involved.

Course aim

To understand and enjoy aspects of the relationships between poetry and art over a wide range of European and North American examples from ancient Greece to the present-day.

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.
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Use a vocabulary to describe the relationship between poetry and visual works of art.
  • Enhance your recognition of the functions behind poetry and art produced in Europe and North America.
  • Begin to recognise intrinsic and extrinsic engagements for visual art works in relation to poetry.
  • Begin to recognise the variety of practices in the visual responses to poetry.
  • Consider the contexts for many examples of poetry and visual art.

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
  • Students are provided with a detailed itinerary of works displayed and discussed at each session.Extracts from some of the poetry discussed will be available on the Canvas site. The tutor provides a weekly online web page, giving the content from the previous sessions.

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.
  • You will be able to keep a digital portfolio of your work on WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas.
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • The course will use self-assessment, agreed by the tutor, using a prepared form. The tutor will give indications of how students might improve their skills.

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

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Poetry and Art: From Ancient Greece to the Present-day

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 declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions
  • I declare that the address I have provided is correct and that I will provide evidence of this and my eligibility to live and work in the UK

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