Paintings in eighteenth century Europe: narrative and domestic

Ref: C3125133

This seven-session course demonstrates through close-viewing how aspects of the Enlightenment were portrayed in the work of 18th century painters, including Watteau, Hogarth, Chardin, David, Goya, Blake, Raeburn, Reynolds, Kauffman and Lebrun. The course will be open to anyone interested in giving attention to visual works of art and will not expect prior experience of the artists or ideas involved. The course will endeavour to provide new ways to think, feel and appreciate in an environment of enjoyment.

Course aim

To provide a vocabulary to describe specific eighteenth century European paintings and to enhance recognition of the functions and styles involved in the production of work from the period.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for improvers

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

  • Understand a vocabulary to describe eighteenth-century European paintings.
  • Enhance recognition of the functions behind the production of eighteenth-century painting.
  • Enhance recognition of aspects of period style.

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 invited to use a web site specifically linked to the sessions you attend.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Some students would benefit from a notebook.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • A specific itemised calendar will be provided on day one which could lead you to research some of the works by the artists involved.

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Paintings in eighteenth century Europe: narrative and domestic


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