Serenissima

Ref: C2344303

Venice is one of the most remarkable cities in the world and has nurtured some of the greatest art. This course will look at how a city was built in the most unlikely of locations and how it became the centre of a trading empire, and ultimately one the greatest cultural and artistic centres in Europe. Focusing on the period from 1400 to 1800, we will look at how artists like Giovanni Bellini, Giorgione and Titian revolutionised art, and how - even as it faded as a political and economic power in the 18th century - Venice was still able to produce some of the greatest artists of the Baroque and Rococo periods. While the main focus will be on art and architecture, we will also consider some of the wider cultural activities of a city that by the 18th century had become the playground of Europe and an essential stop on the Grand Tour.

Course aim

This course will look at how the city of Venice rose out of the mudbanks of a lagoon to become a great trading power and one of the foremost cultural and artistic centres in Europe

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Describe how the city was planned and built and how this influenced its unique appearance
  • Describe the profound changes in Venetian art across the 15th and 16th centuries and the impact this had on Italian art generally
  • List the key artists working between 1400 and 1800 and some of their main works
  • describe some aspects of the social, cultural and political life of Venice before 1800

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?

  • 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
  • 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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

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
  • All materials will be provided

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • A visit Venice (when circumstances allow)

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Serenissima

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 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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