Nobels, Knights and Damsels

Ref: C2341628

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood of artists created some of the most readily recognisable images of the Victorian period which still resonate with audiences to this day. Recent and forthcoming major exhibitions at the National Gallery (2017), Tate Britain (2016, 2019) and The National Portrait Gallery (2019), as well as a recent dramatization of the artists' lives shown on mainstream television have generated renewed interests in this fascinating group of artists and their followers. Over nine weeks this course will explore the art of the Pre-Raphaelites Brotherhood and those associated with it, and examine the intellectual and social background to their works.

Course aim

This course will enable students to identify, understand and discuss the art of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and it's associated artists.

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:

  • You will be able to identify Pre Rapahelite art in a museum, country house or other exhibition context
  • You will be able to identify meaning and contemporary social contexts in pre Raphaelite art
  • You will gain experience in analysing art and discussing it
  • You will develop confidence in your own views about art, and expressing them

How will I be taught?

  • Team taught (see below), slide-presentation based with plenty of room for discussion and questions

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Verbal feedback will be given during discussions. Any individual or formal feedback requirements or requests can be discussed with the tutor in advance.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • This course will be team-taught by three lecturers, Dr Conny Bailey (lead), Dr Miriam Gill and Dr Ellie Pridgeon. All three lead modules on the BA Arts and Humanities offered by the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning, the University of Leicester's adult education department.

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
  • You could consider volunteering at a local museum or other cultural venue. You could derive artistic inspiration (style, expression) from this course.

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Nobels, Knights and Damsels

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