Art in the Home

Ref: C2345388

Josiah Wedgwood, Thomas Chippendale, William de Morgan, René Lalique and Charles Rennie Mackintosh are each acknowledged as leaders in the design and production of goods for domestic or interior use. Their names are synonymous with quality, and the goods they have produced remain sought after. Museums around the world list their output amongst their most popular exhibits, and individual originals realise significant value on the open art market. Each lecture will introduce one of these producers, the design and manufacturing processes they used, and often revolutionized, to create their works, and place them in their wider art historic context.

Course aim

Art in the Home tells the story of five domestic objects which now are valued, and traded, as artworks in their own right, considering their historical, social and artistic contexts.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats.

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

  • You will be able to recognise relevant works in a museum, country house or other exhibition context
  • You will be able to understand the meaning and social contexts of the relevant works.
  • You will learn about the art historical context of the selected works.
  • You have an opportunity to develop your own views about art, and express these

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Art in the Home


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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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