History of Art: The Pre-Raphaelites

Ref: C3671424

The original first three founding artists were:- William Holman Hunt, John Everett Milais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, later to be joined by William Michael Rosseti, James Collinson, Frederick George Stephens and Thomas Woolner, then later by Ford Madox Brown, Edward Burne Jones, and John William Watterhouse. Over eleven weeks we will study their art, why they painted in their distinct style, their social world, and patrons.

Course aim

To study the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood which existed between 1848 and 1853, and the movement later known as the Pre-Raphaelites which existed in certain forms until the end of the century.

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:

  • Recognise different Pre-Raphaelite artists
  • Characterise the style of a Pre-Raphaelite painting
  • Define the reasons that began the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
  • Locate collections of Pre- Raphaelite paintings

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
  • Sometimes you may or may not wish to follow up an artist or a collection for yourself. This is not an accredited course so this is absolutely on a voluntary basis.

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • I will offer a day trip to a notable Pre-Raphaelite collection.

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Our venue has the internet and I will give you the connection. If you do not have a smart phone or tablet I will enable you to have access to this, if you are not happy with this technology you do not need to work with it yourself.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • visiting an art gallery

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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History of Art: The Pre-Raphaelites


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