Turner: Foundation Stone to Fighting Temeraire

Ref: C3669175

This course will explore the work of Turner and his background, with an emphasis upon changes in his style. From his early precise architectural drawings to later atmospheric paintings. Fully illustrated with digital images and opportunity for discussion.

Course aim

To explore a wide range of Turner's work and identify the significant changes which took place within his style and approach to subjects.

Who is the course for?

All welcome

What topics will this course cover

* Background of J.M.W. Turner's life and career * Changes in styles - from early precise architectural studies to later, more expressive paintings * Chronological context * Will include a wide range of examples, fully illustrated with digital images

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:

To analyse a wide range of examples of paintings by Turner. To understand the background of the artist and work produced, and place it in context. To realise how significantly Turner's style changed and recognise different aspects of his style. To make comparisons and contrasts within the artist's work. Contribute to constructive discussion about the artist and paintings examined.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Through discussion with the tutor

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

A notebook and pen may be useful for making notes.

Reading and information sources

A full list of relevant background reading will be provided during the course.

What could the course lead to?

* Background reading * Visiting Art Galleries * Personal study * Further courses

Download full course outline

Turner: Foundation Stone to Fighting Temeraire Course Outline


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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