Day School: Paris and the Art of the Metro

Ref: C3744622

The buildings and platform walls of more than 80 of the Metro stations of Paris provide travellers with a sumptuous feast of French art and design. Images are depicted in murals, mosaics and panels, spreading in many cases across the whole interior surface of the station - along the length of the platform walls and right over the tracks. These images depict much of the exotic & traumatic history of Paris, illustrating major events and illustrious heroes as well as times of suffering and shame. Many of the station buildings can themselves be considered as works of art, from the fluid designs of the original Art Nouveau entrances to the hi-tech architecture of today. The course will start with an overview of the city to set the Metro art in context, outlining the history, architecture and art of this spectacular "City of Light" and wonderful "City of Love".

Additional information about this course

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

Course aim

Enjoy Paris as presented by Parisians themselves, via the art that adorns the stations of the Metro. The Buildings and platform walls of more than 80 of the stations provide travellers with a sumptuous feast of French art and design.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Identify the leading architect of the Beaux Arts period, responsible for the design of the19th c. Opera House.
  • Name the two major events of 1900 that triggered the building of the initial Paris Metro lines.
  • Name the Paris Metro station that is a full-scale replica model of Jules Verne's submarine Nautilus.
  • Cite the two Metro lines that comprise the Paris "Circle Line".
  • Describe the Paris Metro artwork installed as part of the European project for promoting the Human Rights Convention in the fabric of European Metro systems.

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?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Review of any travel guide to Paris will help students in understanding the Metro network and in becoming familiar with the nature and functions of the different areas of the City.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • The tutor provides corresponding courses addressing the art and design of the Metro's of Berlin, Vienna, Moscow and St Petersburg, any of which may be available in the future from your local WEA branches.

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Day School: Paris and the Art of the Metro


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