The Golden Age of Dutch Painting

Ref: C3744273

In the 16C and 17C the Dutch Republic was a rich and vigorous society which produced some of the most familiar and well loved works by artists such as Rembrandt, Jan Steen, Franz Hals and, of course, Vermeer. In this course we shall study a wide variety of major themes, portraiture, landscape, mythology and genre painting, and seek to ground them in the political, economic, religious, and domestic culture of the period, in cities such as Amsterdam, Haarlem, and Delft, at a time when this staunchly middle class society was at its height.

Course aim

This far reaching course will not only study some of the best loved artists of the Dutch Republic in 16C and 17C, like Vermeer and Rembrandt, but also seek to understand the diverse and often complex society which their works reveal to us.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • to recognize and appreciate the major art works produced in the 17C Dutch Republic
  • to identify a range of themes chosen by artists and to compare these themes between one workshop and another
  • to evaluate the political, economic and religious background to these works
  • to appreciate and appraise the richness and complexity of the domestic culture of this period.

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?

  • A series of detailed weekly handouts are provided on the course but students often wish to bring a notebook to record their thoguhts.

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
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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The Golden Age of Dutch Painting

Enrolment Conditions

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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