Victorian Art and Craft

Ref: C3126031

Victorian Art and Craft will explore and make three items or gifts based around beautiful papers and shells. The Victorians had a fascination for tartan patterns. Students will create their own example using tartan papers. Papier Mache imitated fashionable lacquer ware imported from China. Students will make a decorated container or bangle. The Victorians were captivated by the seashore around our coasts. The third project will be to craft an item that displays the splendour of seashells. Margate Shell Grotto will be considered as an example of amazing shellwork from Kent. The course will focus on learning craft techniques for students to make other examples of their own.

Course aim

The Industrial Revolution created leisure time for certain Victorians. We will explore and make three items in Tartan Ware, Papier Mache and Shellwork. Margate Shell Grotto will be introduced.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course
  • This course is to be a fun and informal series of craft techniques and activities, while also exploring the world of shells. It will be an opportunity to make new friends.

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

  • Create an item of Tartan Ware with paper and a container.
  • Make and decorate a Papier Mache container or bangle.
  • Create a box or frame with real shells.
  • Understand more about the Victorian fascination with seashells.
  • Go on to make projects and gifts of their own, using the techniques learned on the course.

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
  • Craft techniques will be demonstrated and students will make their own items with tutor support. Students will be encouraged to think about the natural world and its inspiration for arts and crafts, while learning new vocabulary.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • With tutor support each student will be encouraged to explore Victorian arts and crafts, and to be helped to find answers to any questions they may have.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • As these activities use PVA glue and paint, students should wear an apron or appropriate clothing.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • A desire to learn new art and craft techniques and activities, as part of an interactive group.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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