Artists and the Thames

Ref: C2421418

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The Thames, its bridges, embankments, and the monuments standing alongside it are world-renowned symbols of London. Over the centuries, artists have represented the river from many different viewpoints, for all sorts of occasions, and in a variety of artistic styles. We will start on the South Bank, by the Westminster bridge opposite to the Houses of Parliament, and we will then walk along the river to the Golden Jubilee bridges, where we will cross the river and walk toward Trafalgar Square where we will finish. Along the way, we will discuss works by Claude de Jongh (1631) and Andre Derain (1906), Canaletto (1747), Watts (1849-50), Gustave Dore, and many others. Our meeting point is the top of the steps by the South Bank Lion on Westminster Bridge.

Course aim

From Canaletto and Constable to Monet and Townsend, the Thames has been represented by many artists. As we retrace their steps we will study the sights and events they depicted, and discuss the river's artistic and historical signifcance.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • We will be walking and standing for almost 2 hours.

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

  • Name some artists who have painted the Thames and the sites around it
  • Discuss the significance of the Thames for a city like London.
  • Discuss the variety in styles and purposes, and identify the one painting that, in your opinion, represents the Thames the best

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

What else do I need to know?

  • We will use a tablet to look at the works of art. But to make it easier you will also receive a file with the pictures beforehand. You can either download them to your phone or tablet, or print the pictures and have them with you during the walk.

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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Artists and the Thames

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Waiting List 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 student privacy notice

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