Art, Architecture and Society in the 19th Century

Ref: C2225797

The nineteenth century was a period of rapid change and we will discover ways in which art reflected this. At the same time works of art can deepen our understanding of the history of the period and the course will show works that represent different aspects of nineteenth century life. We will see the gothic revival in churches and secular architecture and imagery, and how towns expressed their local pride. At the same time there was a longing for nature and the countryside and this was a major subject in art. Transport and industry transformed how people lived, childhood took on a new importance, but life could be short and death became significant theme. On a lighter note, the seaside holiday was popular. All these themes will be examined through works of art and architecture.

Course aim

The art and architecture of the nineteenth century reflected its society. This course will relate the arts to wider themes of the period and therefore deepen students’ understanding and appreciation.

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:

  • Suggest ways in which paintings, architecture and sculpture reflected social attitudes in the nineteenth century.
  • Show some of the ways that towns established their importance visually
  • Discuss the significance of the Gothic Revival as an aspect of nineteenth century taste
  • Develop your appreciation of nineteenth century art, architecture and artefacts

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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Art, Architecture and Society in the 19th Century


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