Arts and Crafts in Dorset

Ref: C3528450

The Arts & Crafts movement of the late nineteenth century initially aimed to provide a showcase for both good design and craftsmanship. It not only succeeded in this, but had many surprising and unforeseen results. It placed women on an equal footing in the arts for the first time, it led to the serious study of historical design and the developing conservation movement. Many of the artists involved used their skills in other ways to, from the collection of folk songs to the campaign for women’s suffrage. Local examples, of both buildings, art works and artists will be used as much as possible, to encourage students to go out and see these wonderful buildings and works of art for themselves.

Additional information about this course

Non SFA-no fee remittance

Course aim

To look at the work of the Arts & Crafts movement, and its later influences, using local buildings, or the work of local artists as examples

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Understand the origins of the movement, in the various artistic movements of the nineteenth century.
  • Be able to identify arts and crafts buildings and objects.
  • Know something of the life and work of some of the multi-talented artists and craftspeople of the movement.
  • Appreciate how the Arts and Crafts movement has affected the way we live today.

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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

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.)

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

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Arts and Crafts in Dorset


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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