19th Century Art, Architecture & Society

Ref: C2419188

The nineteenth century was a dynamic period in English history and one in which the arts flourished. In this course we will make the connection between the buildings, paintings and other works of art and the society which they served.

Course aim

The art and architecture of the nineteenth century reflected its society. This course will relate the arts to wider themes of the period and therefore deepen students’ understanding and appreciation.

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:

  • Suggest ways in which paintings, architecture and sculpture reflected social attitudes in the nineteenth century.
  • Show some of the ways that towns established their importance visually
  • Discuss the significance of the Gothic Revival as an aspect of nineteenth century taste
  • Develop your appreciation of nineteenth century art, architecture and artefacts

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?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • The classes are informal and plenty of discussion is encouraged as are questions and answers. You will quickly gain confidence and be able to join in the conversation in the sessions.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • 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?

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19th Century Art, Architecture & Society


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  • 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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