'Every Picture tells a Story': Victorian Narrative Painting

Ref: C3671294

Victorian narrative pictures are legible, entertaining, thought provoking, stimulating, moving; the visual equivalent of chapters from Dickens, Eliott or Thackeray. These pictures provide a fascinating insight into the attitudes, values and morals of this crucial period of British cultural history. In this illustrated lecture course we will be turning Sherlock Holmes' deductive reasoning on the visual legacy of the Victorian world, to find out what fun it is to retrieve the lost art of "reading" pictures

Course aim

This course is an introduction to Victorian society seen through the eyes of the painters who constructed legible themes in their paintings in order to draw their audience into engaging with the narrative.

Who is the course for?

- No skills or experience needed - This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

What topics will this course cover

- 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 - illustrated lectures with discussion throughout including students own research

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

How will I know I'm making progress?

- You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

- Nothing else is needed

Reading and information sources

- No pre reading or pre course work is required - any familiarity with Victorian society would be helpful

What could the course lead to?

- Progress to another WEA course

Download full course outline

'Every Picture tells a Story': Victorian Narrative Painting Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online 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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