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This free course, Commemoration: Visual texts, explores the commemoration of war through treating two war memorials the Sandham Memorial Chapel and the Royal Artillery Memorial as 'visual texts'. By helping you to respond to visual cues the course aims to develop your understanding of these memorials, not only as memorials, but as artefacts or 'made objects'. It does this through consideration of such factors as the location of the monument; its function and purpose; its symbolism or realism; use of materials; and overall form.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand that 'texts' are not restricted to the written word
- understand war memorials as text
- interpret a visual text at a basic level.
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Commemoration: Visual texts
This course explores the commemoration of war through treating two war memorials – the Sandham Memorial Chapel and the Royal Artillery Memorial – as 'visual texts'. By helping you to respond to visual cues the course aims for you to develop your understanding of these memorials, not only as memorials, but as artefacts or 'made objects'. It does this through consideration of such factors as the location of the monument; its function and purpose; its symbolism or realism; use of materials and overall form.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 1 study in.
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Visual Art courses or view the range of currently available OU Visual Art courses.
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Originally published: Monday, 18th January 2016
Last updated on: Monday, 18th January 2016
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