Art and Architecture of the English 18th Century Part 1

Ref: C2226842

The early eighteenth century English art was developing rapidly and developing a style of its own. We will consider English art and architecture in 1700 and the flamboyant individualism of Vanbrugh and Hawksmoor. The great painter of the period was William Hogarth, with his modern moral subjects like Marriage a la Mode, but he also produced some remarkable portraits. Augustan classicism was reflected in a new generation of architects – Burlington, Kent and Gibbs. As well as the great names there were many who were less famous painters and we will consider them too. And sculpture also flourished in this period, and repays our attention.

Course aim

This course aims to survey the main aspects of art and architecture in early eighteenth century England and introduce some of historical factors that influenced the development of the arts in our period.

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:

  • Outline the main developments of English art in the first half of the eighteenth century.
  • Describe different aspects of architectural development.
  • Analyse the content of paintings of the period.
  • Appreciate the art of the early eighteenth century with greater confidence and insight.

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

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Art and Architecture of the English 18th Century Part 1


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