Art Appreciation

Ref: C2337388

Continuing from the previous course but free standing, looking at the Victorian visual arts' complex and sometimes contradictory representations of attitudes to the town and country

Additional information about this course

Every picture tells a Story, and this course contrasts town and country life.

Course aim

To familiarise students with the range of visual responses to the debate around town and country life in the Victorian period

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

paintings, periodical illustrations, photographs, cartoons, engravings reflecting the ongoing debate within Victorian society of values in town and country life

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

1. be familiar with a range of visual responses to the subject 2. appreciate the quality of selected artists 3. understand the complex and contradictory attitudes of the period

How will I know I'm making progress?

individual discussion of verbal feedback

What else do I need to know, do or bring?


Reading and information sources

Victorian novels and history would be useful background

What could the course lead to?

further study in the same subject area

Download full course outline

Art Appreciation Course Outline

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