Art History: Art in Britain & France 1600-1800

Ref: C2419169

From the frivolity of Fragonard to the satire of Hogarth, from Claude’s sweeping grandeur to Gainsborough’s society portraits, from the baroque glory of St Paul’s to the pastiche of Strawberry Hill, we will examine the brilliance and lasting legacy of art in the Baroque and Rococo periods, in Britain and France. All the major artists will be included, as well as the art movements and design styles.

Additional information about this course

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Course aim

To show the impact of political, social and religious changes on the visual arts and architecture in Britain and France between 1600 and 1800. To develop a critical appreciation and enjoyment of the arts of this period.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course

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

  • Understand the impact of political, social and religious developments on the visual arts and architecture in the 17th and 18th centuries.
  • Discuss the dominant styles of the period and how they developed
  • Develop visual analysis skills
  • Critically assess the contribution of artists and makers in the period
  • Identify the works of many of the famous names of the period

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 visit art galleries, museums and historical houses, to enhance your knowledge and appreciation.

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
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Most art galleries, museums and historical houses employ volunteers. After the course you may consider volunteering in an art institution

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Art History: Art in Britain & France 1600-1800

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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