Day School: The Shakers

Ref: C3743145

For over 200 years, the Shakers created American religious communities dedicated to simplicity and perfection. This principle was expressed in how they lived and everything they made, from the smallest sewing box to the cathedral-like glory of the Round Barn. Shaker design has been recognised as American art of the highest order, profound yet simple and eminently practical. In this informal day school we'll explore the Shakers as passionate believers, visionary artisans and remarkable innovators. In the end, Shaker life was their ultimate art form. Everyone welcome. NB: Richard Cupidi grew up in Shaker Country, has lived in various Shaker communities, and curated the Shaker photo-documentary “Simple Gifts”.

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

The Shakers created American communities based on the notion of “the gift to be simple”. This visual day school presents the Shakers through their lives, music architecture and art.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • summarise the main elements of Shaker history and beliefs.
  • identify the main characteristics of Shaker art and design.
  • appreciate what "community" meant to the Shakers.

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • OU or similar access to art courses; practical courses on Shaker furniture and related crafts; visit the American Museum in Bath; or visit the last remaining Shaker community in Sabbathday Lake, Maine.

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Day School: The Shakers

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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