Why Art Anyway?

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 63 Conc £24 Full £123

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00 5 MAC 18/09/2019 23/10/2019 HA100

What will the course cover?

This course looks at the first traces of art 60,000 years ago from handprints in caves through to our modern day. Why do we feel the need to create art, what is it trying to express and does this change depending on who and when it is created? Is “old” art irrelevant to us today or has modern art lost its meaning and purpose? What is the relationship between art and nature and is it a means with which humans have sought to make sense of our place here? We will look at art from each part of the world and see whether there are differences and sameness. Your perceptions and responses to art matters and this will include plenty of opportunity to develop your appreciation of art and fine tune your senses, your intuitions and your embodied skills. Art is usually only analysed but this course will invite you to develop different qualities of attention in you which may change what and how you look at art.

Who is the course for?

Anyone with an interest in history and art but also for those interested in finding meaning and who like to ask the big questions about life, consciousness, philosophical enquiry and open the senses, especially the eyes, to a more engaged and embodied way of looking at art.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

None at all, just an open and intriguing mind.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Participants should be able to identify at least one work of art they feel drawn to and describe it in a number of different ways. Creative writing skills and attention to detail will be heightened. Participants may feel inspired with a renewed sense of exploration and want to venture out into galleries and nature.

How is the course organised?

This is a five week course which will begin chronologically and work its way into modern day.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Finding a work of art you like and (optional) writing a description about it and why you like it.

How will my progress be assessed?

Each week there will be a recap on the previous week and any issues or questions will be shared either with the group or with tutor.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

A diploma or 6 month - 1 year course in art history, you may also find that your imagination is developed and creative writing courses are appealing and made easier.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

No other costs are involved.

What support is available?

Tutor email support.