About the Course
Compare and contrast the exquisitely designed facades and interiors, carefully selected objects and works of art, and well-preserved gardens and estates of these two neo-Palladian houses in London. Discover how they reveal the aspirations, dreams and anxieties of 18th-century society. aspirations, dreams and anxieties of 18th-century society.
By the end of the course you will be able to
examine some of the relationships between architects and patrons
describe at least five key characteristics of the style of neo-Palladian architecture in England
be able to identify and correctly name at least six architectural features
Class format and activities
The course will offer a full and direct experience of the fascinating dialogue between architecture, gardens and art collections visiting two renowned neo-Palladian residences in London: Chiswick House (17 Jun) and Kenwood House (24 Jun).
First, introductory session (10th June) at Morley will be image-focused through slide presentations. You will have opportunities for learning all the historical and practical information you need to fully appreciate the on site visits.
Sessions 2 and 3 will be held at Chiswick House (17th Jun) and Kenwood House (24th Jun) respectively. You will meet at the main entrance and explore both properties and gardens with several opportunities for discussion and a few practical tasks in small groups.
Constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor will help you succeed during the class.
The course is ideal for complete beginners to history of art and architecture. Experienced students, who may or may not have previously visited one or both of the historical houses, will have a fresh look at and a creative approach to architecture and art patronage in 18th-century England.
What you need to know before you enrol
On site visits will require to stand, walk and view and discuss artworks. This will involve a basic level of physical stamina.
You may wish to note that there will be a small admission fee at Chiswick House.
What you will need for your class
You may wish to bring a notepad and pen to take notes.
What you can do next
You may wish to enrol on further art history courses and gallery visit programmes at Morley.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.