History of British Art from the 4th Century to the 19th Century

Ref: C2337986

A different area of British Art will be studied starting from the earliest art in the country up until the 18th Century. Different styles, movements and artists will be considered as we will look at how art in the rest of the world influenced art in Britain, what British artists brought to the art world and how foreign artists help keep art alive in the country

Course aim

This course will raise awareness and appreciation of art in Britain. This course looks not only at the paintings but also the artists’ lives behind the canvas. To realise that our own opinion on art history is as important as the historians.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Explain the painting style of art created by The Winchester School
  • Identify two key points that began the Renaissance of British Art
  • Explain why British artists in Tudor times lost their confidence
  • Explain how art changed during the 18th Century

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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History of British Art from the 4th Century to the 19th Century


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