Gardens in Art

Ref: C3670379

This course will explore & analyse a wide range of examples of the ways in which artists from various periods have depicted gardens in their paintings with different styles - including Medieval, Victorian, Impressionist, Modern. Fully illustrated with discussion.

Course aim

To explore the range of ways in which artists from different periods & in different styles depicted gardens & how these various examples fitted into a wider chronology of art.

Who is the course for?

All welcome

What topics will this course cover

* Introduction * Medieval gardens & Garden of Eden * People's Paradise * Flower Power * Victorian & Edwardian watercolours * Helen Allingham * George Samuel Elgood * Impressionism * 20th Century modern

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:

Analyse a wide range of examples of different artists, comparing & recognising different styles Contribute to constructive discussion about the paintings Place the examples within a wider chronological context Describe the background of the paintings & the artists studied Explain why garden subject matter was of significance to the artists

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 & pen may be of use for taking notes

Reading and information sources

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

What could the course lead to?

* further study & courses * background reading * visiting exhibitions & art galleries * personal study

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Gardens in Art Course Outline


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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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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