Activity Name: The Golden Age of Dutch Art

Ref: C2227710

Rembrandt is one of the greatest painters in the history of western art, a supreme individualist. But he was also the product of an age of great achievements in art. In a country rich from trade there was huge demand for paintings of every kind and artists with diverse specialisms could flourish. Nor were the Low countries cut off from the rest of the world, and Italian influences were strong at the beginning of the century, above all with a group of painters known as the Caravaggisti. We will look at the developments of portraiture, especially the work of Frans Hals. .Landscape was also a major preoccupation which reflected the currents of the times. We will examine some of the underlying themes as well as the achievements of the first half of the seventeenth century in the Netherlands.

Course aim

The seventeenth century saw a great flowering of Dutch art. In this course we will explore the rise of Dutch art in the first half of the seventeenth century, culminating in the career of its greatest exponent, Rembrandt.

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
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify some of the main reasons that art flourished in the Netherlands in the first half of the seventeenth century
  • Summarise the achievement of Rembrandt as a painter and print maker
  • Discuss the ways that portraiture and/or landscape reflected underlying themes in Dutch society
  • Appreciate and enjoy looking at Dutch art in greater depth

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
  • 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?

  • 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
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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

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Activity Name: The Golden Age of Dutch Art

Enrolment Conditions

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 have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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