The Illustrated Book through the Ages

Ref: C2225530

The Illustrated Book - from illuminated manuscripts to modern graphic novels. Explore the wonderful world of book illustration! From the earliest illuminated manuscripts through to the famous book, newspaper and pamplet illustrators of the 18th to 20th centuries, we will finish our journey with some of the 21st centuries cutting edge graphic novels. Famous illustrators will include Albrecht Durer, Gustave Dore, James Gillray and William Hogarth, John Tenniel, William Blake and William Morris, Arthur Rackham, Aubrey Beardsley, Beatrix Potter, Quentin Blake, E.H. Shepard and Raymond Briggs. This will be a highly visual course with handouts, booklist, discussions and quizzes.

Course aim

To introduce students to the beauty, humour, social comment and diversity of illustrations in books, newspapers and manuscripts through the ages.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for anyone with an interest in illustrated books, newspapers and manuscripts through history,

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

  • Appreciate the diverse range of illustrations in books, newspapers and manuscripts through history
  • Identify some key illustrators by their works
  • Understand how these illustrations have contributed to our understanding of social life in the past

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
  • Discussions, quizzes, question and answer and group work will used. A booklist and handouts will be provided.

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A notebook may be helpful for your own notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • A booklist and websites list will be provided in the first session

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Your own reading and research

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The Illustrated Book through the Ages


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