Ways of Seeing in Times of Covid

Ref: C3679066

John Berger's BBC programme Ways of Seeing is as relevant today as it was when it first appeared in 1972. The book, adapted from the series, is lauded as ‘one of the most stimulating and influential books on art in any language.’ Watching and reading Ways of Seeing will structure into four parts the ways we see art in galleries, as well as the images we encounter beyond gallery walls. 1) Technology and art and the issues of reproducing images. 2) Gender, race and art in the history of European art. 3) Class and the entanglements of oil painting and privilege. 4) Commerce and art. Given our current locked-down lives, we’ll set aside bricks and mortar in favour of touring cybernetic collections and exhibitions available in on-line galleries across the country, and around the world. The course will involve mini-lectures, short screenings, discussion, exploring a range of on-line galleries, and encourage participants to see how art and the visual world we live in are inextricably entwined.

Course aim

The course encourages you to explore new ways of seeing art and galleries as well as the art and images you encounter in your daily life.

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

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

  • . . . contribute to discussion about course materials and navigate online galleries with confidence.
  • . . . appreciate the roles of technology, gender, class, race and commerce in how we understand art and images.
  • . . . see how John Berger's ideas about art are both part of their historical moment (1972) and very relevant in 2021.

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

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 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?

  • 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
  • A notebook could be helpful to record your observations/impressions of the artwork and images you encounter both within and outside our sessions. These notes could provide helpful prompts to ongoing class discussion.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Referring frequently to John Berger's book will be helpful. Though you will have access to a pdf version of Ways of Seeing through our learning platform, it would be easier to have you own copy of Ways of Seeing (Penguin), still widely available, new or used.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

Download full course information sheet

Ways of Seeing in Times of Covid

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This course is not available for online 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 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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