Course overview

Part of the free Taster courses to All; this Art Appreciation course will show you how to look at Art. Have you ever wondered how to look at a painting or a sculpture, and how to figure out what it means? This session will give you some keys to develop your understanding and appreciation of works of art. This should make your next visits to art galleries even more enjoyable!

Course description

In this three-hour session, we will discuss what we do in front of works of art. This short session aims to be practical and useful, as it is designed to give you some keys to be more confident in your appreciation of paintings and sculptures.

The first hour will be on paintings and their main visual elements: light, colour, space, line, scale, texture, and more. You will have opportunities to test your knowledge and skills at regular intervals. We will do a 5 minutes comfort break.

The second hour will be dedicated to sculptures. Here again, we will focus on the visual elements and look at the scale, the three-dimensionality, the lines and light, the mass and volume, and more. As for the paintings, the presentation is designed to teach you what to look for in a sculpture, and will be punctuated with several small exercises. We will do another 5 minutes comfort break

Finally, in the third and last hour, we will turn our attention to the question of meaning: how do we figure out what a work of art means? What techniques can we use? We will wonder whether a lot of knowledge is required to find a work’s meaning, or if we can rely on what we perceive and feel, as viewers, in front of the work of art.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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