Day School: The Early Stuarts

Ref: C3741523

Gunpowder, treason and plot - we explore the age of the Stuarts from the union of the crowns to the Civil War. 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 James VI and I, Charles I , the Commonwealth, Stuart Oxford

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 the course is to examine the art and architecture of the age of the early Stuart monarchs in Great Britain 1603 - 1660

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 some 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

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 is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Books you may find useful Alan 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
  • A further day school on the Later Stuarts

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Day School: The Early Stuarts


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  • 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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