Day School: Art History - Palladio and Palladian Architecture

Ref: C3740046

Inspired by the noble beauty of ancient Roman architecture Palladio sought to build according to their principles. His architecture in Venice and the Veneto influenced architects including Inigo Jones and Lord Burlington and is still seen in British public and private buildings.

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

The course aims to offer an introduction to the work of one of the most important European architects and his influence on British architecture since 17th century.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Roman inspiration, city churches and palaces in the Venetian empire, villas of the Veneto and British country houses. His enduring legacy - locally, in Ireland, London and USA.

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. Describe some principles of Roman construction. 2. Name some buildings by Palladio in the Venetian empire. 3. Assess Palladian influence on British architecture.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Each session is interactive, with students encouraged to share their previous knowledge and experiences. The conclusion will recap on what has been learned together.

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

Students will be given handouts for each session. A notebook will be useful.

Reading and information sources

Both the following are good reads: Robert Tavernor, Palladio and Palladianism Bruce Boucher,Andrea Palladio Other specialised books will be brought on the day.

What could the course lead to?

This course may contribute additional information to students volunteering at local historic houses. Students could progress to further courses in the rich programme offered by WEA in history and architecture.

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Day School: Art History - Palladio and Palladian Architecture Course Outline


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