Day School: The Dutch Golden Age - Art in the 17th century

Ref: C3744248

In this day school we will investigate the development of painting, prints and some sculpture in the Dutch Republic in the seventeenth century. This was a unique period politically, economically socially and in terms of religion and the particular circumstances associated with the northern Netherlands provided a rich atmosphere for the development of a new, exciting world of art making In this period millions of pictures were made, notably portraits, landscapes and pictures of everyday life. These seem to represent life as it was actually lived, but does it? We will look at the symbolism and meaning behind these enigmatic art works. Major artists to be studied include Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Ruisdael, de Hooch and Frans Hals.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

This course aims to provide a brief introduction to the great art made in the Dutch Republic in the seventeenth century with a view to better understanding this unique period.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify works by Rembrandt.
  • Describe at least one work by Vermeer.
  • Begin to discuss the development of painting in the Dutch Republic in the seventeenth century.

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Day School: The Dutch Golden Age - Art in the 17th century

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
  • 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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