Ref: C2420893

West Sussex is a county of small towns and modest churches, but there are some treasures to be found. There is a series of remarkable Saxon churches, astonishing medieval wall paintings and intriguing memorials. The villages and towns are rich in vernacular architecture – the most important being Chichester. There are some great houses, notably Petworth , with its extraordinary collection of paintings from the sixteenth century on, its remarkable architecture and Capability Brown parkland. This course looks at some of the most interesting examples of the art and architecture in the county and we will make some fascinating discoveries.

Course aim

West Sussex is less well known than East Sussex, yet it has some artistic and architectural treasures. This course will uncover some its gems, from thirteenth century wall paintings to some great Van Dycks, from humble cottages to a palatial mansion.

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:

  • Identify some of the characteristic features of Saxon architecture as represented in West Sussex churches
  • Recognise some of the local building traditions in West Sussex
  • Describe the examples of the early wall painting as found in Sussex churches
  • Show how the collections and architecture at Petworth illustrate the concerns of its owners
  • Develop more skills in observing, analysing and enjoying works of art and architecture

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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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