The Art of the Garden

Ref: C2224494

Gardens in history have not just been admired for themselves but have been a popular subject for painters. They have also been used to suggest all sorts of meanings, both in their design and in art. In this course we will look at examples of gardens and depictions of gardens and try to unravel some of their meanings, what depictions tell us of the way they were used and maintained and the way that different artist made the subject their own. The course will start with ideas of the medieval and early modern garden with its different symbols and meanings, then look at gardens which sought to dominate the landscape, or depict ideas of the wider world. We will also consider the hard work of the garden and seek out images of gardeners at work. By the nineteenth century there are masses of pictures of gardens and people using gardens and we will study examples of the Victorian and the Impressionist garden.

Course aim

This course looks at examples of historic gardens and the way that gardens have been depicted in painting, combining garden history, the history of architecture and the history of painting.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Discuss how painters have used gardens as the subject of their work in different periods of history
  • Discuss how painters have used gardens as the subject of their work in different periods of history
  • Recognise some of the key features of garden design as represented in our chosen examples
  • Enjoy visiting and interpreting gardens more

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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The Art of the Garden

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • 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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