Glass and Sculpture in the English Cathedral

Ref: C3747147

We will examine the materials and methods used in making stained glass and trace the development of the glazier's craft deployed in our cathedrals. We will range from Canterbury's early medieval glass to York's Great East window, and on to the nineteenth century revival of glass making, and the extraordinarily varied use of modern glass in our great churches. From Romanesque stone carving via fourteenth century misericords to modern sculpture, such as Peter Ball's figures in wood, we will see the place taken by sculpture in the cathedral.

Course aim

The colour and imagery of glass - medieval to modern in the English cathedrals combines with sculpture in stone, wood and metal to create the remarkable visual impact of these great churches.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

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

  • recognise the key periods and styles in the historical development of glass in the English cathedrals
  • describe the use of materials and the methods of design and production of glass used in the cathedrals
  • track the changing forms of sculptural work in stone in the cathedrals - from medieval to modern
  • understand the crucial importance of wood in the building of the cathedrals, and the carved forms used to furnish them

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need an internet connection, and a device providing speakers, a microphone and a camera You will also need access to the internet outside of the online sessions to use WEA’s digital learning platform Canvas You will also need a personal email address to join Canvas

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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Glass and Sculpture in the English Cathedral

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