The Dramatic Art of the London Underground

Ref: C3741386

This course explores the vast distributed galleries of permanent artworks that have been created across the London Underground network. The illustrations of dramatic and historic events and of famous personalities will enable students to enjoy a wide-ranging review of London's rich past. In addition, those stations serving major art galleries and museums display selections from their treasure troves of fine art and ancient artefacts, from such institutions as the National Galleries, Tate Britain, the British Museum and the Natural History Museum. The course examines each of these historical and classic works, as well as the more modern art created for the Tube since the 1970's to reflect the local characteristics of the areas served by each station.

Additional information about this course

This course is full. Interested students should apply to the Branch to be put on a waiting list. Val Bradley 01189774959 or weasheila@gmail.com

Course aim

To explore and enjoy the range of permanent art-works by leading artists that adorn the platforms of the stations of the London Underground. To study the history of London, its people and art treasures that the Underground art portrays.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Cite four impressive examples of art-works on the Underground.
  • Find the famous mosaics of Eduardo Paolozzi in a London Underground station.
  • Relate the 700-year history of the Cross at Charing Cross.
  • Solve the mystery of whether Sherlock Holmes ever traveled by Tube.
  • Explain the reason for 270 "labyrinths", one in every station.

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • There is one outstanding book on the amazing design and art of the Underground, which would reinforce the course learning: "Underground Heritage" by Antony Badsey-Ellis

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • The tutor also provides corresponding courses addressing the art of the Paris Metro and the Berlin U-Bahn which may be available locally in the future.

Download full course outline

The Dramatic Art of the London Underground Course Outline

Conditions

You can 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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