The Stuarts - Art and Architecture in an Age of Turmoil

Ref: C3741129

Gunpowder, treason and plot - we explore the age of the Stuarts from the union of the crowns to their final exile. British art and architecture was opened to influence by Northern Europe and Italy and the personal taste of kings and queens led to the present riches of our Royal Collection. The sessions cover all the Stuart monarchs and the Civil War, look at theatre during 17thc, visit the Ashmolean Museum and walk round the Stuart city of Oxford.

Course aim

The aim of the course is to examine the art and architecture of the age of the Stuart monarchy in Great Britain

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Name some of the European artists working in the period
  • Name some British artists and architects working in the period
  • Describe the influence of Charles I on the Royal Collection
  • Account for the influence of royal queens on the art of the period

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • lively participation is welcomed a walking visit to Oxford takes place towards the end of the course

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

What else do I need to know?

  • handouts are provided in advance by email a notebook will be useful

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Books you will find useful Allan Massie, The Royal Stuarts, a history of the family that shaped Britain Jerry Brotton, The Sale of the Late King’s Goods, Charles I and his art collection

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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The Stuarts - Art and Architecture in an Age of Turmoil Course Outline


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