Berkhamsted Branch The Artists of the Thames

Ref: C2227797

The Thames, its bridges, embankments, and the monuments standing alongside it are world-renowned symbols of London. Over the centuries, artists have represented the river from many different viewpoints, for all sorts of occasions, and in a variety of artistic styles. We will start with the first known depiction of London in a medieval manuscript and we will progress chronologically. We will discuss works by Claude de Jongh (1631) and Andre Derain (1906), Canaletto (1747), Watts (1849-50), Gustave Dore, and many others.

Course aim

From Canaletto and Constable to Monet, the Thames has been represented by many artists. As we retrace their steps we will study the sights and events they depicted, and discuss the river's artistic and historical signifcance.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Name some artists who have painted the Thames and the sites around it
  • Discuss the significance of the Thames for a city like London.
  • Discuss the variety in styles and purposes, and identify the one painting that, in your opinion, represents the Thames the best

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

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Berkhamsted Branch The Artists of the Thames


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