Ancient and Medieval Techniques of Building and Architectural Decoration

Ref: C2226792

Understanding how buildings were built can greatly enhance our appreciation and enjoyment of architecture. But recognising building materials and methods is often difficult, and matching material evidence with written sources can prove ineffective. This course will focus on the more elusive ancient and medieval buildings. By using buildings and their fragments as primary evidence, we will explore how hands-on observation and analysis of materiality of a building can be supported by the visual and written sources such as building manuals and illuminated manuscripts.

Course aim

To enhance understanding and enjoyment of ancient and medieval buildings and to enable participants to recognise principal materials and methods of building and architectural decoration, as well as the rationale behind them.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • recognise the principal materials and techniques of building and architectural decoration in the period discussed
  • name the principal architectural forms and features of buildings from the period discussed
  • recognise a variety of decorative features used in building of the period
  • discuss basic structural principles

How will I be taught?

  • Most of your learning will take place in your class, but one or two sessions will be online using WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas, working by yourself or engaging with other students. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Ancient and Medieval Techniques of Building and Architectural Decoration

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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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