Course overview

Ever wanted to really find out about the types of materials and techniques artists use? Then this introductory course is for you. You will be shown a tremendous range of different kinds of artwork, and we will discuss how different periods in art history have developed very different techniques as well as materials. You will discover the benefits and drawbacks to using such diverse practices as mosaic and fresco.

Course description

This course will allow you to linger over glorious works like Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling and the astounding mosaics in Ravenna and consider how and in what ways they were made.

We will discuss key works of art by well-known artists, such as the panel paintings in tempera by Duccio, the early use of oil paint by Jan van Eyck and we will compare them with later examples by Rembrandt and Vincent van Gogh.

More recent techniques will be explored, such as the use of acrylic paint by David Hockney and screen printing by Andy Warhol. These will help you discover how the materials and techniques these artists used affected the work they created.

There is so much to see when you get under the surface of a painting or a fresco, so many layers and so many different techniques to discover, also some key theories you might find of interest, like colour theory and how, for example this theory influenced specific artists’ work.

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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