Day School: The Rise of British Landscape Painting 1750-1850

Ref: C3744383

This course will explore the growing popularity of landscape painting in Britain, from eighteenth-century aesthetic debates to the work of Constable and Turner in the early nineteenth century, within its broader social and historical context. Key topics will include the emergence of landscape painting; topographical landscapes; the aesthetics of the sublime and the picturesque; Constable and 'the English landscape'; and industrial landscapes

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by The Education and Skills Funding agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available. Contact the branch for further details.

Course aim

To consider the growing interest in topographical images, explore aesthetic notions such as “the picturesque” and “the sublime”, and discuss how landscape artists engaged with ideas of Britishness and modernity.

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 different aesthetic approaches to the depiction of landscapes.
  • explain some of the ways in which landscape art shed light on and shaped social attitudes of the period.
  • look at examples of landscape painting from this period and comment on some of the features of their period they display.

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 preparatory reading is required. Some initial suggestions for general reading include: Michael Rosenthal, British Landscape Painting (1982) Ann Bermingham, Landscape and Ideology: The English Rustic Tradition, 1740-1860 (1987)

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Day School: The Rise of British Landscape Painting 1750-1850

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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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