A History of Gardening as seen through British Art

Ref: C2228479

Ever wondered about the history of the British garden? This course will use representations from British art in order to discover elements of gardens from the humble greenhouse to the potting shed. We will look at drawings, illustrations, and paintings from artists throughout history up to modern times. Artists include Stanley Spencer, Leonard Knyff, Marianne North, and Beatrice Parsons.

Course aim

This course aims to provide an introduction to the history of gardening as recorded in British art.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify at least five artists who have represented British gardens in their artwork.
  • Discuss a piece of artwork in relation to the garden features represented, stating at least the period shown.
  • Be able to identify at least two different art genres used in depicting British gardens.
  • Discover 2 facts on how Victorian greenhouses could kill.
  • Relate elements of historical garden design to your own/or last garden.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

A notebook and pen would be useful to record artists and paintings that you like. Access to the internet and Zoom necessary

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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A History of Gardening as seen through British Art


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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