Art History: Landscape into Art

Ref: C3740108

The course examines one of the principal types of Western art from its origins in classical antiquity to the 20th century. We shall study the idealized landscapes in the religious and mythological narratives of Claude and Poussin, the naturalistic landscapes of 17th Dutch painters and the innovations brought to the genre by artists such as Constable, Turner and Impressionist masters. Reasons for the continuing popularity of the genre will be discussed together with the different techniques used by the artists to convey the subject matter

Additional information about this course

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL. Half term: 30/05/2017.

Course aim

the course will provide an introduction to different types of landscape painting produced in Western Europe through the centuries while considering the reasons for its popularity and some of its functions

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Landscape painting from classical antiquity to the 15th century; the Golden Age of Dutch landscape painting; Poussin's and Claude Lorraine's ideal landscapes; Constable and Turner, sublime and picturesque landscapes; Impressionist masterpieces; 20th century developments: Cezanne and Hockney .

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. explain the content and style of some landscapes examined during the course 2. list three types of landscape painting 3. give two reasons for the popularity of landscape painting through the centuries

How will I know I'm making progress?

in in-class activities will help the participants to make progress in their study

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

no materials are required to join the course

Reading and information sources

a short reading list will be provided at the start of the course

What could the course lead to?

To continue the study of the topic by focussing on a specific period/country

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Art History: Landscape into Art Course Outline


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