Looking at Landscape

Ref: C3742692

When did the representation of the land, the study of a view, become an element in western art? Why are they so popular and yet regarded as relatively unimportant in the hierarchies of art history? We will explore painters from the Roman world, medieval manuscripts, painters of peasants, seascapes, the urban environment and views with a particular emphasis on the changing role of nature in art. Major artists reviewed will include Ruisdael, Constable, Turner, Ansel Adams and Edward Hopper.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by The Education and Skills Funding agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available. Contact the branch for further details.

Course aim

This day school aims to introduce the world of landscape art through a review of paintings, prints and photographs from the earliest descriptions from the ancient world to contemporary views made using the camera and other modern technology.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Be able to identify and describe one landscape painting by JMW Turner
  • Be able to identify and describe one work by Edward Hopper
  • Begin to discuss the development of landscape art in the western tradition

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
  • No work outside class as this is a day school but students are encouraged to look at as much landscape art as they can find in, books, galleries and exhibitions.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • This is a day school, feedback will be in the form of informal discussion on the day and feedback on any further work the student wishes to undertake

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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Looking at Landscape


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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