From Platform to Destination: The Art of Railway Posters

Ref: C3671669

This day session will explore the way in which railway posters, particularly in the 1920s & 1930s, attracted passengers with their colourful commercial art & evocative images of destinations. Fully illustrated with discussion.

Additional information about this course

‘From Platform to Destination: The Art of Railway Posters’ – Take a visual journey through the bold and colourful world of the posters which Railway Companies commissioned in the 1920s & 1930s to persuade passengers to travels to a range of destinations. Fully illustrated with discussion.

Course aim

This day session will explore the way in which railway posters, particularly in the 1920s & 30s, attracted passengers with their colourful commercial art & evocative images of destinations.

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:

  • Contribute to constructive discussion & analysis of the subject
  • Consider a range of examples of images of the posters
  • Understand the background to the production of the posters & wider social context
  • Realise the significance of the posters within the context of advertising & more widely within Art
  • Make comparisons & contrasts between the approaches of different commercial artists commissioned by the Railway companies

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

What else do I need to know?

  • A notebook & pen may be of use to take notes

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

Download full course outline

From Platform to Destination: The Art of Railway Posters 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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