Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Riseley WEA is an adult educational organisation where we offer two sessions of lectures per year on a variety of cultural subjects - a Spring Term and an Autumn term.
With a history going back over thirty years, we have covered a wide variety of subjects, from history, architecture, music, art, film and many more.
Everyone is welcome.

Spring 2020

Our courses now running (but no longer enrolling) are:-

Brushstrokes of History

by David Price

A look at paintings that depict important historical events or simply reveal fascinating aspects of contemporary society. This is a history course rather than an art history course but art is very much at its centre. Using examples including the Arnolfini Portrait, Rubens' Massacre of the Innocents, Fragonard's The Swing, depictions of Napoleon in art by David, Ingres and others, Goya's 3rd May 1808, Picasso's Guernica, and Manet's A Bar at the Folies Bergère we will examine the artists' motivation and the background to the events and scenarios portrayed. We will also cover paintings by great women artists over the centuries since the Renaissance and question why their art has so often been ignored. We will also look at art in totalitarian regimes, particularly the Soviet Union under Stalin and Nazi Germany, and how artists in those countries were put under considerable pressure to work within ideological constraints.
Tuesday afternoons at 2.00 pm for 2.15 pm lecture
Started 14th January  2020
Course fee £52
Nine weeks duration
Course No C2227095
At Riseley Village Hall
Gold Street Riseley MK44 1EG


Arts and Crafts
Judith Hodgkinson

The Arts and Crafts movement grew out of an increasing anxiety about social injustice (never fully addressed), and a heightened awareness of religion and its architecture generated by the Oxford Movement of the 1830s. This created a fertile intellectual landscape for William Morris when he went up to Oxford in 1854. And it is Morris, and his pursuit of so many fields of craft and design, taking his friends with him by sheer force of personality, who is the central figure of the movement – though it was not really recognised as such until the decade of his death (in 1896). Questions such as What characterises the Arts and Crafts movement? Does it encompass Art Nouveau or Art Deco? Did its influence reach overseas? How far do its echoes reach into the 20th century? Where locally can it be seen? will be illustrated and discussed during the course.

Wednesday mornings 10.00 am for 10.15am lecture
Started 15th January  2020
Course fee £52
Nine weeks
Course No C2227094
At Riseley Village Hall Gold Street Riseley MK44 1EG