Art Appreciation Taster

Why do we experience art in certain ways? What makes us respond to one work of art, rather than another? During this course you will learn about fundamental elements in art, develop an understanding of how artists use materials to communicate ideas, and gain confidence talking about art in an informed way. This classroom-based course will focus on looking at and discussing artworks located in a variety of galleries and museums around London. You will be introduced to art from a wide-range of time periods, with discussion focused mainly on modern and contemporary art.

Who is this course for

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in art. No previous knowledge of art or art history is necessary, though an interest in modern and contemporary art is desirable. Course materials are designed to be beneficial for new students to the subject, as well as those with more experience.

What does this course cover

Each class will focus on a fundamental element within art, such as: space, tone, rhythm, texture or colour. Class time will include short tutor talks on artists and themes, alongside a variety of group discussions and activities. You will be introduced to art across a wide range of time periods, with discussion primarily focused on modern and contemporary art.
By the end of the course you will:
- Develop confidence speaking about artwork and using art vocabulary.
- Be able to identify visual elements, art materials and techniques.
- Develop an awareness of how artists use visual elements to create a composition.
- Develop an understanding of how artists use materials and techniques to communicate ideas and concepts.

What will it be like

During the course you will learn how to identify art materials and techniques, and use art vocabulary to express and debate ideas. You will also gain insight into the artistic process; and develop an understanding of how artists use their materials to communicate ideas and concepts.

What else do you need to buy or do

Seeing art in person is an important part of understanding the ideas in class. Most of the artwork discussed in class will be located in London museums and galleries which can be visited free of charge. Each week you will be provided with a list of artworks and encouraged to visit these in your own time (prior to class if possible, but his is not essential.)

What this course could lead to

Students may gain an understanding of how artists use materials and techniques to communicate ideas and concepts.Students may join other art appreciation courses at the college and with other providers, or they may decide to join a practical art making class.

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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