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Artist lives: William Morris, design and politics - online - Morley College, London

Artist lives: William Morris, design and politics - online - Morley College, London

About the Course

William Morris is still as relevant today as he was 150 years ago. He is seen as the father of modern design, with socially and politically motivated intentions and goals.

Study the reasons why this is as well as his influence on the Arts and Crafts movement and learn about William Morris’ place in the history of art, architecture, and design.

By the end of the course you will be able to
• Understand the progression and development of William Morris’ life, philosophy and design.
• Discuss historic context, motivations and rationale of William Morris, his contemporaries and how they shaped his ideals and work.
• Identify key elements of Morris’ designs.
• Gain confidence in asking questions and taking part in group discussions

Class format and activities
• learn through tutor presentations and explanations
• take own notes
• participate in class discussions and group work
• ask questions related to the topic

The two hours, offered online through 'Teams' or 'Zoom' will include slide presentations where your tutor will lead you in in a discussion on the possible meanings, purposes and histories of the works of art looked at. Observations, debate and further questions will be encouraged and materials will be shared by email. The class may divide up into 'breakout' groups online to consider different aspects of the images. Many of the works chosen can be found in the V & A in London and we hope that you will be able to examine them in person once lockdown restrictions have been lifted.

Constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor will help you succeed during the class.

Entry requirements
No previous knowledge of Japanese history or art history is necessary.

What you need to know before you enrol
This is an online course, offered during COVID-19 restrictions. Teaching materials will be delivered via email and an online system: 'Teams' or 'Zoom'.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What you will need

You will need access to the internet and a computer (desktop, laptop, tablet or iPad) that allows you to view images in a good size and quality. Your device will have a (built-in) microphone so you can join in discussions, and ideally have a camera so we can see each other in class. You will find it helpful to bring a paper and pen for making notes. You may also want to upload materials and links to share with your class.


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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users

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