Arts and Crafts

Ref: C2227094

The Arts and Crafts movement grew out of an increasing anxiety about social injustice (never fully addressed), and a heightened awareness of religion and its architecture generated by the Oxford Movement of the 1830s. This created a fertile intellectual landscape for William Morris when he went up to Oxford in 1854. And it is Morris, and his pursuit of so many fields of craft and design, taking his friends with him by sheer force of personality, who is the central figure of the movement – though it was not really recognised as such until the decade of his death (in 1896). Questions such as What characterises the Arts and Crafts movement? Does it encompass Art Nouveau or Art Deco? Did its influence reach overseas? How far do its echoes reach into the 20th century? Where locally can it be seen? will be illustrated and discussed during the course.

Course aim

To look at the reasons behind the Movement, the main people involved, and to follow through into the 20th century, seeing how long the influence lasted.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Demonstrate understanding of some of the sources of the movement
  • Identify some of the main figures involved
  • Explain the significance of at least one of these figures
  • Give examples of where their work can be sen
  • Be able to explain the link between the movement and architecural conservation

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
  • Handouts summarising the week's session, and including books for further reading, will help to reinforce 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

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Students are encouraged to visit some of the places mentioned.

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Arts and Crafts

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