From the roots of Halloween to the history of Christmas

Ref: C3841901

The English have marked Halloween (Samhain) and Christmas (Yule) for centuries, in fact, lives depended on marking these important days of the year. They weren't always a way for big companies to part you from your money! As a group investigating the ancient traditions we will use natural or recycled materials and practical activities to reconnect with the methods and reasoning behind the ancient marking of the changes in the season.

Course aim

To investigate the history of our seasonal celebrations and use this as inspiration for all manners of creativity

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:

  • Produce at least one creative work, pertinent to the celebration of Halloween or Samhain
  • Produce at least one creative work pertinent to the celebration of Yule
  • Give three reasons, relevant to the history and meaning behind these celebrations

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
  • Spoken word and handouts, discussion and practical activities within the classroom. You will be free to work outside the classroom but this will not be a requirement of the course

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • short 1 to 1 tutorials within the classroom aimed to be at least one every other week

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • We will try to use recycled materials wherever possible. Please bring a notebook, sketchbook and pencil and perhaps something to keep handouts in. Craft materials will be made from materials of your own choosing or dictated by history

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
  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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From the roots of Halloween to the history of Christmas


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