Art Appreciation - Looking at Pictures - COURSE CANCELLED (OL09L19A)


When? Wednesday, 10:00am - 12:00pm from 7th October 2020 until 18th November 2020 for 6 weeks.

There are no classes on 28th October (Half Term)
Where? This is an online course.
How much does it cost? The full fee is £79.00. The concessionary fee is £40.00. Reduced fees are available to students in receipt of certain means-tested benefits. For more information on applicable benefits and eligibility please see the Financial Support page on our website or contact the ACRES team.

How to enrol?

You can enrol by phoning ACRES' House on 01825 761820 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10 am and 3 pm. Alternatively, to register your interest in a course please email with the course title and your contact details and a member of the team will call you back to enrol you on your chosen course.

Course overview

Have you ever visited an art gallery or exhibition and wished you understood more about the works of art on display?
This course takes a close look at a selection of iconic paintings by some of Western Art's most famous painters. The course is designed for those who know a little bit about art, but want to find out more.
In addition to looking at a selection of famous paintings and their artists, you will gain an overview of art history and an understanding of the context in which the six masterpieces were created.
Using a single painting as a starting point, each week you will build up an overview of leading art movements and develop an understanding of different styles and techniques.
By the end of the course you will have developed enough knowledge and insight to make future trips to art galleries and exhibitions rewarding and enjoyable.

What you already need to know

For those with little or no previous knowledge

What you will learn

In this course we will be taking a close look at the following selection of paintings and artists:
How Van Gogh used colour in his 'Sunflowers'
Vermeer's use of light in 'The Girl with the Pearl Earring'
The hidden meanings in Van Eyck's 'The Arnolfini Portrait'
Claude Monet's brushwork in 'The Thames below Westminster'
The political message of Picasso's 'Weeping Woman
The story behind Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Virgin of the Rocks'

How you will learn it

A fun, informative class that uses a mix of presentations, discussion, handouts and audio-visuals to bring artwork to life. Using the online medium you will have plenty of opportunity to join in discussions, ask questions and interact with the tutor and other group members.

What do I need to bring to the first session?

ACRES' online courses will be taught in real time using the video platform Google Meet, supported by other online resources. To ensure you get the most out of the course and can fully participate in the sessions you will interact with your tutor and other students through speaking, listening and the chat function, as well as being able to see each other via the video links, though you can turn off your camera and microphone at any time.

You will therefore need to have access to either a laptop, computer or portable device (eg tablet or phone) (this ideally needs to be less than 5 years old), with a camera / webcam and microphone, as well as a good broadband / Wi-Fi connection.

Though it is not essential, you may choose to create a separate email account for your online learning (preferably Gmail which is most compatible with Google Meet). This will give you the added security to allow you to share your email address with your tutor and other students on the course to enhance your learning experience, without disclosing your personal information.

At the start of the course and before each lesson your tutor will send you an invitation with a link to join the class and any further information including resources and equipment you will need for the lesson.

How much extra study or practice is involved?

Many of the pictures and artists that we will be looking at are on display in collections in London and you may wish to go and view them with fresh eyes once you have completed the course

What do previous students say?

Students taking Heloise's Local History courses say:
'Tutor very knowledgeable and encouraging'
'Excellent multimedia presentation, lots of handouts and good use of resources'
'Extremely informative with excellent handouts'
'Learning a lot under expert, sympathetic guidance among like-minded people'
'Interested and interesting!'

What are the next steps within this subject with ACRES?

"Looking at Pictures" will continue in the New Year looking at different works of art.

What are the future steps beyond ACRES?

Find out about other courses with the National Careers Service for opportunities to extend your skills and knowledge.

How can I get further information about these?

Please visit the ACRES website, see our brochure, or alternatively contact a member of the team on 01825 761820.