Cartoonery: English Attitudes - Part 2

Ref: C3675829

Many artists have discovered that humour is the key to winning the hearts of the English! Caricature, satire and the cartoon have given pleasure, satisfaction, amusement and relief, whilst drawing down censure and puncturing pomposity across class divides since the Eighteenth Century. From the witty and genteel to the vicious and scurrilous, these pithy encapsulations of the recognisable, continue to have relevance today. They are miniature masterpieces, ephemeral yet enduring through time. From the Georgians; Gillray & Rowlandson, to Punch and Strand cartoonists, Tenniel, Sambourne, Leach and Dickie Doyle and from Thelwell to Scarfe these visual drolleries have lost none of their appeal. This is part 2 of the series. It is not necessary to attend part 1.

Course aim

This lecture series will continue to trace the history of cartoonery in British public life, as a means of observing and commenting upon society and the politics of the day.

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:

  • recognise the significant and distinctive contribution of the periodical press cartoon image to British culture
  • appreciate the widely varied and idiosyncratic style of the major contributors in the cartoon medium
  • be able to contextualise the images within our own recent history

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
  • illustrated lectures with discussion throughout

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • illustrated lectures with discussion throughout

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Cartoonery: English Attitudes - Part 2

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