Aspects of Art

Ref: C3746369

Classifying art according to type and importance was established in the wake of the Italian Renaissance by the great European Academies. As this 'hierarchy of the genres' was based on the notion of man as the measure of all things, landscape and still life were the lowest because they did not depict human events, while History painting (including the Nude from the nineteenth century) was the highest because it narrated the noblest events of human endeavour. Throughout history, however, the main genres of art have been constantly rearranged in terms of importance to the period and dominant cultural ideologies. Where once History painting was the pinnacle of art and still life its lowliest, in contemporary visual culture history painting, apart from the nude, has virtually disappeared. This course will take you on a fascinating journey through the origins, developments and various manifestations of each of the five main genres of art, considering their artistic and socio-cultural worth.

Course aim

This ten-week course will take you on a journey through the origins, developments and various manifestations of each of the five genres of the visual arts.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • discuss a range of historical and contemporary socio-cultural issues and debates associated with the main five genres of art and visual culture, employing appropriate language and terminology
  • historically situate the origins and discourses surrounding the five main genres of art and visual culture, their meanings and development through the employment of suitable art terms and language
  • consider the contemporary visual culture developments of the five main genres of art, their relevance and aspects from an informed historical perspective

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?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Writing materials will be required

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
  • A suggested reading list will be supplied

What can I do next?

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Aspects of Art

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

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