Day School: Working People in Art

Ref: C3742825

All too often in the 18th and 19th centuries, the visual arts dealt with the lives of the upper classes. However, once the Industrial Revolution took hold working people came more into focus and the rising middle class bought and commissioned works of art which dealt with the everyday lives of those they employed or lived alongside. They also liked to illustrate their philanthropy, which was designed to improve the living and working conditions of the poor. This day course explores these subjects in detail and tracks the depiction of the lives and conditions of the working and workless poor into the 20th century.

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

To explore the way artists depicted the lives and conditions of the working and workless poor from the onset of the Industrial Revolution.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Appreciate the impact for good or ill of rapid industrialisation in the 18th and 19th centuries, particularly in Britain
  • Consider working conditions in a broader cultural context
  • Enhance my visits to galleries and museums.

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
  • 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?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Day School: Working People in Art

Enrolment 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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