Pictures of Buildings Part 2

Ref: C2225711

Paintings and other images can tell us about how artists saw the age they lived in, particularly when they show us their built surroundings. In this course we will concentrate on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. We will consider how the great houses and gardens were shown, and how painters and print makers responded to the industrial scene and the associated towns. Turner in particular was an astute observer. London was a particular centre of interest, and we will look at some of the depictions, such as those in Pugin and Rowlandson’s Microcosm of London. In the 19c painters like Atkinson Grimshaw made townscapes a particular subject, and they can tell us about the significant buildings. We will also consider rural subjects such as Repton’s Red Books and ways in which country cottages were depicted. By the end of the nineteenth century architects like Voysey attracted their patrons by fine watercolours, while artists made colourful depictions of gardens in full flower.

Course aim

Artists have left us a rich heritage of images of buildings and towns. They tell us about how people in the past understood their visual surroundings.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Discuss how Romanticism affected the design and depiction of buildings and gardens
  • Illustrate how images can show attitudes to industrialisation
  • Give examples of how the urban scene is depicted
  • Demonstrate how depictions of buildings can show how they were used

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Pictures of Buildings Part 2


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