Art in the Home

Ref: C2343750

Josiah Wedgwood, Thomas Chippendale, William de Morgan, René Lalique and Charles Rennie Mackintosh are each acknowledged as leaders in the design and production of goods for domestic or interior use. Their names are synonymous with quality, and the goods they have produced remain sought after. Museums around the world list their output amongst their most popular exhibits, and individual originals realise significant value on the open art market. Each lecture will introduce one of these producers, the design and manufacturing processes they used, and often revolutionized, to create their works, and place them in their wider art historic context.

Course aim

Art in the Home tells the story of five domestic objects which now are valued, and traded, as artworks in their own right, considering their historical, social and artistic contexts.

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:
  • 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: and
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit:
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • You will be able to identify relevant works in a museum, country house or other exhibition context
  • You will be able to understand the meaning and social contexts of the relevant works.
  • You will gain experience in analysing art and discussing it
  • You will develop confidence in your own views about art, and expressing them

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:
  • We shall use the Zoom platform for delivery of the taught content, and discussions. Access to Canvas is desirable, as some additional materials will be made available through this platform, and the presentations may be reviewed there while the course is live.

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
  • Verbal feedback will be given during discussions. Any individual or formal feedback requirements or requests can be discussed with the tutor in advance.

What else do I need to know?

  • 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:
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • 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:

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
  • You could consider volunteering at a local museum or other cultural venue. You could derive artistic inspiration (style, expression) from this course. You may wish to engage in further activities with other students from this course.

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Art in the Home


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

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