The Arts and Crafts Movement

Ref: C3744357

In the nineteenth century a number of artists began to explore the idea of combining the traditional fine arts of painting, sculpture and architecture with the applied or decorative arts. This course will cover the work of William Morris and explore the diverse range of practice by a number of individuals and societies associated with his ideas in the late nineteenth century. We will investigate the problems Morris saw as a result of mass production in the industrial revolution and study his ideas to resolve these problems through an embrace of traditional handicrafts, local materials and historic styles. The course will include examples from Britain, Europe and the United States.

Course aim

This course aims to introduce students to the art and architecture associated with the Arts and Crafts movement through a study of the founding members, the principles behind the work they made, and the buildings and objects produced.

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 one work of art by William Morris.
  • Describe the beginnings of Morris and Co.
  • Begin to discuss the characteristics of Arts and Crafts buildings and objects.

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?

  • 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

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The Arts and Crafts Movement

Enrolment Conditions

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  • 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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