Day School: Art History - Sea Fever

Ref: C3740230

The sea has provided inspiration for artists for centuries. We will explore how and why artists from J. M. W. Turner to Gerhard Richter have attempted to capture the ever-changing effects of this most volatile of elements in their work.

Additional information about this course

NOTE: Pay-Early price £12 if booked in advance, or Pay-on-the-Day price £15. 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 discuss why the sea has provided such huge inspiration for artists for centuries and explore some of the key works of art dealing with this theme.

Who is the course for?

No previous knowledge or experience of art history is necessary.

What topics will this course cover

From J. M. W. Turner's depictions of the often turbulent North Sea to Raoul Dufy's joyous paintings of the Mediterranean, we will explore the way in which artists have attempted to capture the ever-changing effects of the sea and the coastal light. We will focus on a range of works and discuss how artists have attempted to distill the emotions and the effect on the senses of this most powerful of subjects.

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. Discuss the reasons why artists have been drawn to the sea as inspiration for their work. 2. Recognise and discuss key elements about the subject matter and techniques used to create the works in focus.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Through feedback during class discussion and in question and answer sessions.

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

No special equipment required.

Reading and information sources


What could the course lead to?

Further art history courses, gallery visits or reading recommended by the tutor.

Download full course outline

Day School: Art History - Sea Fever Course Outline


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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
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