The Arts and Crafts Movement

Ref: C3741292

Arts and Crafts is a very broad term that covers a movement, a style and a way of thinking about the arts that began in the middle of the nineteenth century. This course will explore the work and ideas of its main founder in this country,William Morris and will study his life and work with a view to providing a context for the explosion of craft and design made and inspired by him. The broader recognition of the importance of craft and the decorative arts as an antidote to mass production and industrialisation will also be covered. Other artists such as Rossetti, Philip Webb, Edward Burne Jones, Mackmurdo, Godwin and the artists associated with European arts and crafts will also be explored.

Course aim

This course aims to introduce students to the art and architecture associated with the Arts and Crafts movement. We will cover the founding members of the movement, the principles behind their work, and the objects produced.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify the Red House in Bexley Heath.
  • Identify and describe at least one other work by William Morris.
  • Begin to discuss the importance of the arts and crafts movement in the development of design in Britain.

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
  • Students are encouraged to visit buildings and museums with objects associated with the subject to enhance their 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

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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The Arts and Crafts Movement

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