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Art Appreciation Classes with the WEA

“Figurative Painting in Britain and Europe over three centuries” 

Tutor Allen Fisher 

Mondays 14th February – 11th April 2022, 10:30 am to 12.30pm

To find out more visit the WEA website at or ring 0300 303 3464, quoting course reference C3128718.


The course will focus on the art of drawing and painting the human figure developed after the European Renaissance and the seventeenth century. It will include Close Views of paintings by Antoine Watteau and William Hogarth, Jacque-Louis David and Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun in the eighteenth century; Berthe Morisot and Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas and Suzanne Valadon in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; Pablo Picasso and Laura Knight, David Hockney, Paula Rego and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Participants may learn at their own pace to match what it is they need with what they may achieve. The course provides the potential for extended study and recognises that many participants would prefer not to do that. A specific itemised calendar will be provided on day one which could lead you to research some of the works by the artists involved.

Course aim

The course will provide a good basis for enjoying and understanding figurative painting produced in the last three hundred years after 1720. The subjects include historical and poetic themes, portraits and landscapes.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

 This course is for beginners and improvers


By the end of the course I should be able to:

 Use a basic vocabulary to describe visual works of art. Recognise the functions behind the production of different kinds of painting. Recognise traits of a period style from the works discussed.Identify extrinsic and intrinsic content of a visual work. Recognise the historical context for a visual work in the period discussed. 

What else do I need to know?

The course uses a selection of images and written documents. The course is delivered through a series of illustrated talks, making use of the papers participants are encouraged to read in their own time.


Fees £64.00
Includes accreditation & materials if applicable





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