What is the course about?
This offsite course takes the form of a series of thematic visits to explore some of London's hidden art and architecture. Each week we will visit a different area, such as the City of London and Bloomsbury, and investigate specific topics such as postmodern architecture, or the impact of immigration on London. We also visit some of London's less well known smaller museums, art galleries and historic locations, examining what makes these places so appealing or different to what we might find elsewhere.
What will we cover?
-A historical overview of London's lesser known art and architecture and the people who have contributed to this
-How London's landscape has been shaped by key social and cultural events, such as immigration and war
-Visits to a variety of historic locations and smaller museums and galleries.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify key figures who have contributed to London’s lesser known art and architecture
- Describe the variety of cultural and social influences which have shaped London and participate in discussions about why London is distinct from other cities, both in the UK and beyond.
- Discuss with confidence a wide range of artistic and architectural styles and locations in London.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels. It requires the ability to walk at a moderate pace.
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, handouts and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with guided walks, gallery visits and discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No. Please wear comfortable footwear and bring an umbrella. Please note we are unable to guarantee stools in the art galleries that we will visit so you may have to stand and to walk between art works.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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