East Anglian Artists

Ref: C2227640

This course celebrates the artistic achievements made by East Anglian artists over a hundred and fifty years and how they contributed to the reputation of the area as one of the most attractive places to live and work following the success of internationally renowned artists such as Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable. This course will focus on a range of artists, both male and female, that made a significant contribution to East Anglian art in different periods, styles and subjects but remain relatively unknown beyond the region. From the delicately conceived water colour studies by Leonard Squirrell, the “kitchen sink” dramas by Colin Moss in the 1950’s to the stunning commissioned work by Anna Airy, the first female war artist in the First World War.

Course aim

This course will explore a varied range of East Anglian artists, both male and female, and how they responded to the landscape and other inspirations to create their individual work and how their work was viewed by people during the period and today

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is fully online so you will access the course through Canvas, our virtual learning environment, and Zoom, the video conferencing software. You will need a reliable internet connection and access to a computer or internet linked device with camera and microphone. We will email you links t

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

  • Identify the key attractions that attracted artists to the East Anglian region
  • Explain the factors in British society the influenced artists over the twentieth century
  • Reflect on why female war artists were not allowed to leave the country during the First World War
  • Identify the reasons why some artists were not recognised in their time
  • Express my own ideas and thoughts about an artist I selected

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • The tutor will provide feedback and offer private informal tutorials

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • The tutor will provide advise and guidance as well as a list for further reading, and places to visit

Download full course information sheet

East Anglian Artists


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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