English Cathedrals - Part 2

Ref: C2338819

The course will cover two types of Decorated Architecture - Geometrical and Curvilnear. Examples of this architecture include Westminster Abbey; The Angel Choir at Lincoln; Southwell Chapter House; Salisbury spire; Ely octagon; York nave; Exeter Cathedral. Secondly we will study the origins of Perpendicular architecture by examining Gloucester E end and Cloister; York E end; Canterbury nave; Perpendicular towers; Fan vaulting.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to show the development of English cathedral architecture in the late medieval period.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Describe the main differences between Geometrical and Curvilinear Decorated Architecture
  • Assess why the Decorated period is the most imaginative era in English church architecture
  • State two reasons for the development of the Perpendicular style
  • Give an example of a pendant vault
  • List two features of a Perpendicular tower

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

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

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English Cathedrals - Part 2


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