Epic and Enchanted Landscapes Painters

Ref: C3673774

In the early 19th century in Britain paintings of epic, historical and mythic events, in suitably awesome landscapes, were contrasted with enchantingly diminutive vistas of fairy land, both encapsulating a complex relationship between man, nature, and the supernatural. These paintings expressed responses to the tumult following Napoleon's defeat in 1815 with images embracing the Wild, Millenarian hysteria, garden design and 'panoramania'. This course continues from the previous term.

Course aim

This course continues from the previous term and intends to continue to explain something of the bizarre cultural expressions of the earlier 19th century

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:

  • have begun to engage with a fascinating period of British history
  • learned of artists responding to the changing world in which they lived
  • have some familiarity with the concepts of the Sublime and the Picturesque
  • go further with personal research should I wish to, regarding some of the historical esoteric aspects of the early 19th century

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
  • illustrated lectures and discussion throughout, also including students' research

What kind of feedback can I expect?

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

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Epic and Enchanted Landscapes Painters


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