Day School: Dutch Art in the Golden Age

Ref: C3745130

In this day school we will investigate the development of painting, prints and some sculpture in the Dutch Republic in the seventeenth century. This was a unique period politically, economically, socially and in terms of religion and the particular circumstances associated with the northern Netherlands provided a rich atmosphere for the development of a new, exciting world of art making. War against Spain and the supremacy of Calvinism provide the backdrop to the art produced. In this period millions of pictures were made, notably portraits, landscapes and pictures of everyday life. These seem to represent life as it was actually lived, but does it? We will look at the probable symbolism and meaning behind these enigmatic art works. Major artists to be studied include Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Ruisdael, de Hooch and Frans Hals.

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. 10am to 4pm lunch is included.

Course aim

This course aims to provide a brief introduction to the great art made in the Dutch Republic in the seventeenth century with a view to better understanding this unique period.

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 at least one self portrait by Rembrandt.
  • Identify and describe a landscape painting by Jacob van Ruisdael.
  • Analyse a painting by Vermeer.
  • Begin to discuss the contribution of artists to the development of the Dutch Republic in the 17th century.

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?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • In class discussion of the topic is encouraged during this day school.

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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Day School: Dutch Art in the Golden Age

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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