Painting in the Low Countries

Ref: C2342611

Next to Italy, the Low Countries was undoubtedly the school that was so vital to the development of European painting between 1400 and 1700. The course will trace the development of Netherlandish painting, from the empirical, oil painting techniques of van Eyck and van der Weyden to the emergence of Rubens as the outstanding artist in Europe, challenging Italian dominance, and the golden age of Dutch 17th century art. Other artists to feature include Bosch, Bruegel, Rembrandt and Vermeer.

Course aim

The aim of the course is to look at painting in the low countries between 1400 and 1700 and consider the impact it had on European art.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify at least 2 key developments in painting in the Netherlands eg use of oil paints.
  • State how political developments impacted on art in the Netherlands.
  • Identify the key painters eg Jan van Eyck or Rembrandt and the innovations they introduced.
  • Identify a range of at least 3 key paintings.

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?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • 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 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

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Painting in the Low Countries

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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