Art and Architecture of the English 18th Century Part 2

Ref: C2227090

The second half of the eighteenth century saw the rise of some of the most famous names in British art. Reynolds and Gainsborough are renowned for their portraits but they were more varied in their output than just likenesses. Stubbs painted horses with a realism that had never been achieved before, while Joseph Wright explored the dramatic and emotional power of light. Artists such as Wright were part of the age of Sensibility. In architecture the influence of the classical world became stronger than ever, but there was a new elegance and inventiveness in the work of Robert Adam and his contemporaries. At the same time Capability Brown was creating his landscapes, but he was not alone, and garden design became more varied. And sculpture too took on classicism in a new way. A hugely varied era with plenty to explore and discover.

Course aim

In this course we will survey the art and architecture of the later eighteenth century and put it in its historical context. Students should develop skills in the appreciation and interpretation of the work of this 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 some of the significant developments of English painting and architecture in the later eighteenth century.
  • Describe the main characteristics of neo-classicism in painting and architecture.
  • Discuss the role that Reynolds played in the wider contexts of art in the eighteenth century.
  • Suggest ways in which different of portraiture can be interpreted.
  • Approach the art and architecture of the period with greater appreciation and understanding.

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

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 2

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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