Day School: Art History - The Original Chelsea Set

Ref: C3739793

Far from its fashionable, exclusive present, in the 19th and much of the 20th century, Chelsea was an artists' mecca, initially because it was run-down and cheap and later because of its rakish, bohemian reputation. This day school traces this fascinating story.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To provide an overview of Chelsea as one of the most influential artistic quarters of London from its squalid past to its 19th/20th century bohemian heyday.

Who is the course for?


What topics will this course cover

The main focus will be on the life and work of the artists who lived in Chelsea in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Among others, these range from the secretive J M W Turner to the flamboyant Whistler, Sargent and Wilde, via John Ruskin, William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites and of course the ever present Augustus John.

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. Show they have achieved some knowledge and appreciation of the subjects of the course 2. Reflect on what they have learned about the principal artists covered 3. Consider some further study related to the artistic life of this quarter of London and be encouraged to visit museums and galleries.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Orally, in discussion and question and answer.

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


Reading and information sources


What could the course lead to?

Further WEA courses.

Download full course outline

Day School: Art History - The Original Chelsea Set Course Outline


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