Art Appreciation: The Pre-Raphaelites

Ref: C3740054

This short course will outline the activities of a group of artists associated with the first flowering of the small anti-establishment group the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, led by Millais, Hunt and Rossetti. The course will also examine the work of Edward Burne Jones and William Morris, including a close investigation of the ideas behind the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Additional information about this course

Half term: date TBC.

Course aim

This course aims to introduce students to some of the main artists and designers associated with the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood in the latter part of the nineteenth century in Britain, with a view to gaining a greater understanding and appreciation of their work.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

The classes will begin with a detailed introduction to the ideas behind the formation of this small artistic group, with particular emphasis on the works of John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William HolmanHunt. We will also examine the work of the second generation of PRB artists, Edward Burne Jones and William Morris, with a close investigation of the ideas behind the Arts and Crafts Movement. We will also look at the women associated with the movement – both as artists and muse, and at a second generation of painters associated with the group, notably J.W.Waterhouse, G.F. Watts and Lord Leighton. We will also look at the women associated with the movement and at a second generation of painters associated with the group, notably J.W.Waterhouse, G.F. Watts and the very establishment Lord Leighton.

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. Identify and describe John Everett Millais' Ophelia. 2. Identify and describe one work by Edward Burne Jones. 3. Describe the beginnings of the Arts and Crafts movement.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Through in class discussion, individual discussion with the tutor and through the use of individual learning plans.

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

No extra resources necessary.

Reading and information sources

None necessary but students may wish to look at The Pre-Raphaelites by Heather Birchall.

What could the course lead to?

Further courses with the WEA, visits to exhibitions and historic buildings, and a greater appreciation of the arts and crafts movement

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Art Appreciation: The Pre-Raphaelites Course Outline

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Conditions

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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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