Art Appreciation Inspired by East Anglia

Ref: C2224335

Working thematically, from clouds to sea, churches to fields, this course examines how artists have responded to our beautiful region during the 19th and 20th centuries. Artists include the Old Masters like Constable and John Sell Cotman alongside the 20th century artists Stanley Spencer, Maggi Hambling and others, whilst artwork includes JMW Turner’s “Aldeborough” and Sir Alfred Munning’s “Floods near Nayland”. Using themes like the East Anglian skies and landscapes, topics include: The methodologies used by artists to represent aspects of East Anglia. Comparative discourse on the paintings. Contrasts with modern East Anglia and how we could/do represent it.

Course aim

To provide opportunities for students to acquire an appreciation of art inspired by our region.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify five British artists who have represented East Anglia in their artwork.
  • Discuss with at least one person 2 pieces of artwork in an informed way stating medium and styles used.
  • Discover the artwork of at least one previously unknown artist.
  • Recognise at least 2 locations that artists have represented throughout the period studied.

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
  • You will be encouraged to take notes during the classes.

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?

  • Pen/pencil and paper.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • A Broad Canvas: Art in East Anglia Since 1880, Ian Collins Turner & Constable: Sketching from Nature by Rosenthal and Lyle (or similar book) A History of British Art by Andrew Graham-Dixon

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Art Appreciation Inspired by East Anglia


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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