Sun, Sea, Sand… and Art

Ref: C2344012

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Prior to the 19th century, beach scenes were a rare subject for artists and invariably focused on fishing and related work. With the advent of the railways however, the seaside became increasingly to be a place of recreation and leisure. This course will look at how artists responded to this development and what their depictions of the seaside holiday or day trip tell us about the societies of the time. We will also consider the significance of artists - often as part of artist communities - working at coastal rather than city locations, and the impact this had on the development of art movements like Impressionism. This is a virtual trip to the seaside. You won't need sunscreen, but do have a picnic lunch handy.

Course aim

This one day course will be a virtual trip to the seaside to consider how artists of the 19th and 20th centuries have depicted beach scenes and what these works tell us about society of the time.

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 for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify a range of artists who painted seaside locations.
  • Identify the artist colonies these artists might be associated with.
  • Use a range of paintings to describe the evolution of the seaside holiday experience across the 19th and 20th centuries.

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
  • Sessions will take place online via Zoom

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • 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
  • Sessions will take place online via Zoom

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 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.).
  • 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

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You can select a favourite seaside painting to share during the session. You will need to have this available on your computer or email the details of it to the tutor (Further details will be provided on Canvas nearer the time)

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • A real trip to the seaside

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Sun, Sea, Sand… and Art

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Waiting List 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 student privacy notice

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