The Tudors: Their History Through Art

Ref: C3742796

Illustrated by the paintings of the period, the course will focus on the Tudor dynasty from Henry VII to Elizabeth 1. It will consider the social, political and religious matters that marked each of the five Tudor monarch's reigns. It will show how art contributes to our understanding of key events including: Henry VIII's break with Rome (which could be described as the first Brexit); the dissolution of the monasteries and the establishment of the Church in England. It will appraise England's rise as a sea-faring nation including its development in trade and industry and the rise of the merchant classes. Finally, it will assess the 'glorious age' of Elizabeth 1 which brought Tudor history to an end..

Course aim

With reference to the art of the period, the course will consider the historical and cultural significance of the Tudor dynasty from Henry VII to Elizabeth 1.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Recognise the contribution that art makes to our understanding of the historical and cultural aspects of the Tudor dynasty.
  • Appraise the political and religious matters which drove the Tudor monarchs.
  • Describe the wider context of Europe as a power house including Henry VIII's break with Rome and the establishment of the Church in England
  • Identify the reasons for England's development as a trading nation and the rise of the merchant classes.
  • Recognise the importance of the 'golden age' of Elizabeth 1 and England's rise as a world power.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • 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?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

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The Tudors: Their History Through Art

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • 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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