The Art and Architecture of Turkey: Classical, Byzantine and Ottoman

Ref: C3741210

Turkey’s cultural links with the Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires inspired the production of unique artworks : among those to be explored are the classical ruins of Pergamon and Ephesus; the Seljuk and Ottoman architecture of Edirne and Konya; the painted churches of Cappadocia and Istanbul’s Byzantine churches and Neoclassical palaces. References will be made to other art forms such as carpets and tiles.

Course aim

To examine selected masterpieces with a view to understanding the richness and diversity of Turkey's art and architecture and the cultural context in which they were created.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Examine some art works studied during the course in a critical manner
  • Describe one building by Mimar Sinan using correct terminology
  • List two main buildings in Ephesus and explain their function

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?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • A short reading list will be provided at the start of the course

What can I do next?

  • Students might undertake further research on selected aspects of the course by joining WEA courses or by doing independent reading.

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The Art and Architecture of Turkey: Classical, Byzantine and Ottoman Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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