Smaller London Art Galleries

Ref: C3744582

London’s smaller art galleries offer a wealth of hidden treasures to be discovered. This course aims to explore the origins, development and present day collections of some of them: from the Impressionist masterpieces of the Courtauld Gallery to the Old Masters of Dulwich Picture Gallery; from Italian modern art of the Estorick Collection to the Pre-Raphaelite paintings of Guildhall Art Gallery. Works will be studied in terms of style, content, provenance and reasons for their acquisition. The architecture of each gallery will also be considered.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the history of six of London's smaller art galleries with a view to exploring their architecture and their collections.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • examine some of the artworks discussed during the course in a critical manner
  • describe the main architectural features of either Dulwich Picture Gallery or Guildhall Art Gallery
  • list two reasons for the creation of Courtauld Gallery

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
  • visit one or more of the galleries studied during the course

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Smaller London Art Galleries

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
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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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