Course overview

An exciting course exploring the work of a range of great artists who initiated significant developments in the art of their age and who set the stage for the modern era of painting. The course will help you to learn about the work of Titian, Albrecht Durer, El Greco, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Velazquez and Goya. Topics will include learning about the influence of the aesthetic, social, cultural and political context of their times, and the art historical terms used to describe their work. No experience necessary, just an open-minded interest in art.

Course description

This is an online art appreciation course taught by an experienced, enthusiastic and supportive tutor who will display artists’ paintings on screen as you learn more about each one. If you have an open-minded interest in art, the course will help you to understand and recognise the impact made by these seven artists - Titian, Albrecht Durer, El Greco, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Velazquez and Goya - on the work of subsequent artists. You will be able to ask questions and provide feedback if you wish. You will learn to identify some of the key characteristics of the work of artists under discussion, for example Rembrandt’s use of light and dark contrasts to deepen a sense of realism; the impact of the different developments and innovations initiated by the artists under discussion; the meaning of terms used to describe artists’ work such as “mannerism” to describe the elongation and exaggeration of form developed by El Greco; and you will also learn to identify the influences – social, cultural and/or political – on the work of the artists, such as the Counter-Reformation and the work of Caravaggio. After the course you may wish to study the artists independently or enrol on a further WEA course.

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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