Day School: Story of a City - London in Art

Ref: C3741352

For centuries London has been at times the economic, political and cultural powerhouse of the World. In the 18th century, and for much of the 19th, it was also the largest and wealthiest city. Naturally, artists were drawn to London to make their reputations. They set out to portray the great and the good, but also the hectic and often chaotic life of the ordinary people. The broad themes for discussion will be: “The Wonder of the World”; The River; The Streets; Work and Leisure; War and Peace. Artists from Canaletto and Hogarth to Sickert and Gilbert & George and many more besides, have drawn inspiration from this teeming and vibrant city.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

The aim of this day course is to explore the rich artistic legacy of London from the 16th century to the present day.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Appreciate how artists responded to the growth of London and its rich variety of life
  • Achieve an in depth knowledge of the importance of the River Thames over the centuries as expressed in the art of important visiting artists
  • Research further the way art reflected work and leisure; transport; economic change; and the effects of war

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

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Day School: Story of a City - London in Art


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