Joseph Wright and The Enlightenment - Walk & Talk

Ref: C2339456

Joseph Wright was one of the leading artists of the 18th century, and his paintings encapsulate the age of the Enlightenment of which his home town, Derby, was an important centre. This workshop will build a picture of what Derby was like at that time, partly through a walking tour and investigation of the city as well, but also through the works of Wright and his circle.

Course aim

The aim of this workshop is to look at the impact of the Enlightenment on Derby through the life and works of Joseph Wright.

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:

  • identify locations in Derby significant to the Enlightenment period
  • identify Enlightenment themes in Joseph Wright's paintings
  • Describe the part played by other key Enlightenment figures and institutions, eg Erasmus Darwin

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
  • Students will go on a walking investigation of the city

What kind of feedback can I expect?

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

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Suitable outdoor clothing for the weather

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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Joseph Wright and The Enlightenment - Walk & Talk

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