Victorian Art in the Age of Progress 1837-1869

Ref: C2224298

The course introduces students to the varieties of artwork produced during during the early Victorian period. Topics include the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, paintings of everyday life, the Great Exhibition, new markets for art in an industrialised society and Ruskin's advice to 'go to nature'. Artists include John Everett Millais, William Powell Frith, Elizabeth Siddal, Owen Jones and many more. During our period British art was original, yet also influenced by the medieval past and the wider world, including non-western art. We will see how artists responded to these seemingly contradictory influences with fascinating and often beautiful paintings, prints, designs and buildings. Our period, 1837-1869, shows Victorian art and society at its most confident and, arguably, at its most successful.

Course aim

The course introduces students to the varieties of fascinating artwork produced during the early Victorian period. Topics include the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, paintings of everyday life and new markets for art in an industrialised society.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Discuss and compare some British artworks produced during the years 1839-1869.
  • Identify the inter-connections between art and society, including markets and commissions, within the limits of an introductory course.
  • Evaluate the importance of style and technique, as appropriate to a short introductory course.
  • Participate in looking at artworks and visiting galleries and museums.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Victorian Art in the Age of Progress 1837-1869 Course Outline

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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