'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.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • be more familiar and confident to read the narrative embedded in many Victorian paintings
  • have knowledge of a selection of significant Victorian painters
  • take the skills learned in the class into a gallery to derive more enjoyment from the Victorian pictures

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
  • illustrated lectures with discussion throughout including students own research

What kind of feedback can I expect?

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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

What can I do next?

  • 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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