Branch: COLCHESTER

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2022/23 Courses


Course Title: ART & ARCHITECTURE IN ENGLAND 1700 - 1750
Course Number: C2228938
Course Description: The eighteenth century was a period in which the arts in England thrived. At the beginning of the period Thornhill painted the ceiling of the hall at Greenwich, while his son in law William Hogarth developed, in painting and in prints, new narrative forms as well as contributing to the development of English portraiture. At the same time there were other, lesser known painters, and new patrons such as the owner of Vauxhall Gardens. In architecture the original genius of Hawksmoor and Vanbrugh, was followed by the order and harmony of Palladian classicism. Round these buildings lay gardens which re-thought the designed landscape, partly due to the fertile imagination of William Kent. Less well known, but equally rewarding, is the sculpture of the age. This course will explore some of the masterpieces of English art and try to discover why the age saw such a flowering of creativity.
Tutor: Madeline Edmead
Venue: Online course
Day Of Week: Monday
Start Time: 15:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 19/09/22
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £68.00
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Course Title: THE MORAL QUEST
Course Number: C2228929
Course Description: The course will explore the moral maze of terms, theories, ideas, values and arguments which surround the modern debates about right and wrong, good and bad. The three major approaches of Rights and Duties, Virtue Ethics and Utilitarianism will be applied to such issues as Body Matters, Earth Matters, Discrimination Matters and Justice Matters. Figures such as Aristotle, Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Aquinas, such texts as the Bible and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and films like- 'Eye in the Sky', '12 Years a Slave' and 'Sophie's Choice', will all feature. Expect to discuss- What is moral and immoral? How does legality relate to morality? Who is a good role model? Is torture ever justified? Can we be good without God? Are Human Rights a criminal's charter?
Tutor: David Sharp
Venue: Castle Methodist Church Maidenburgh Street CO1 1TT Colc
Day Of Week: Monday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 19/09/22
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £80.00
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Course Title: A study of Society, Culture and Politics in nineteenth-century Britain:Part 1
Course Number: C2228925
Course Description: t used to be fashionable to deride the Victorians for prudery and hypocrisy, but we are now just as likely to admire them for their energy and creativity. Victoria's 64-year reign saw unprecedented technological and social change, from the development of the railways and the electric telegraph to the invention of the postage stamp and the Christmas card. Although society remained hierarchical, more working men gained the vote and the politicians knew they had to appeal to a mass electorate. Darwin's theory of evolution undermined existing certainties, but while many experienced a crisis of faith, religious issues remained vital. It was an age of change and nostalgia, of doubt and faith, of complacency and fierce social criticism.
Tutor: Anne Stott
Venue: Online course
Day Of Week: Tuesday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 20/09/22
No. of Weeks: 5
Fee: £34.00
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Course Title: REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE PART 1
Course Number: C2228935
Course Description: The Great War shattered what had been the most advanced civilisation ever. How did it come to be in a continent that prided itself on its degree of civilisation? It was the most bloody battlefield war ever. How did this occur in a continent of shared values? These are the sort of issues we will consider.
Tutor: Roger Cooke
Venue: Castle Methodist Church Maidenburgh Street CO1 1TT Colc
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 0.00 hrs
Date: 21/09/22
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £80.00
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Course Title: WOMEN WAR ARTISTS
Course Number: C2228936
Course Description: In order to redress the balance of the narrative, each week this course covers different women war artists set within the historical context. There will be a bias towards British artists, but not exclusively. You will look at artworks that these artists produced before, during, and after the war and these artworks will be in different mediums from pencil to oil and encompass print mediums too.
Tutor: Susan Pownall
Venue: Castle Methodist Church Maidenburgh Street CO1 1TT Colc
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 21/09/22
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £80.00
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Course Title: ART IN VIENNA 1900
Course Number: C2228924
Course Description: This course will explore the arts in Vienna at a time when art, music and philosophy thrived in the city attracting innovators and leading artists. The course will focus on those famous artists such as Gustav Klimt who rebelled against the art establishment, how these artists created the Secession group to promote a new response to modern art and design. We will look at other key artists including the life and work of Egon Schiele and his struggles and eventual recognition as well as the many women artists that are not as well known. The course will also focus on the new response to modern design including architecture, interior design and textiles pioneered by innovative designers including Josef Hoffman, Alfred Loos and Koloman Moser and the Weiner Werkstatte. We will also look back at this special time and reflect on the impact they made in Vienna and beyond as well as considering how these modern artists and designers are viewed today
Tutor: Andrew Casey
Venue: Online course
Day Of Week: Thursday
Start Time: 16:30
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 22/09/22
No. of Weeks: 5
Fee: £34.00
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Course Title: East Anglian Artists
Course Number: C2229001
Course Description: This course celebrates the artistic achievements made by East Anglian artists over a hundred and fifty years and how they contributed to the reputation of the area as one of the most attractive places to live and work following the success of internationally renowned artists such as Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable. This course will focus on a range of artists, both male and female, that made a significant contribution to East Anglian art in different periods, styles and subjects as well as looking at those artists that remain relatively unknown today. From the traditionally styled work by Leonard Squirrell and Anna Airy to a different response known as plein air embraced by artists such as Harry Becker and Edward Seago. We will explore post war art in East Anglia starting with the “kitchen sink” dramas by Colin Moss in the 1950’s to the contemporary printmakers and sculptors including Bernard Reynolds to the more recent and controversial work by Maggi Hambling
Tutor: Andrew Casey
Venue: Online course
Day Of Week: Thursday
Start Time: 16:30
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 11/11/22
No. of Weeks: 5
Fee: £34.00
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