Art History: 19th Century Arts

Ref: C2419270

Learn more about the arts of the nineteenth century in the United Kingdom, including the founding of art institutions and an influential infrastructure for the arts to flourish from which artistic movements: the "Modern" British painters: Turner and Constable; the notorious and Bohemian Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood; Arts and Crafts, Aesthetes and Scottish School, which emerged at the avant-garde of the art world. What ever your interest in art and design, there will be something for you in this course.

Course aim

This course provides an introduction to the artistic movements and influences in the United Kingdom in the "long nineteenth century", from the Act of Union to the eve of the First World War in 1914.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • An overview of the arts of the period in the United Kingdom, including significant artistic influences from Continental Europe and North America.
  • A good working knowledge of artistic terms and frames of reference in the subject which can be applied to art appreciation more widely in museums and galleries.
  • Greater understanding of key artistic, design and craft movements of the period.
  • Increased knowledge of art held within national collections.
  • Some new ideas and perspectives on categories of "Victorian" and "Modern" art and design.

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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • There is usually some lively discussion in the class which is enjoyed and adds to the learning experience.

What else do I need to know?

  • A note pad and pen is handy, or a tablet but nothing else is required other than interest and curiosity.

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • 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
  • Some WEA members write articles on art history subjects in face book or their own blogs.

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Art History: 19th Century Arts


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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