History | Beautiful and Useful | Victorian Arts & Crafts

Course Type: Open to international students, Adult leisure and hobby Campus: Central Brighton Campus

Why this course?

“Have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” (William Morris 1880). He and others believed that mass production produced inferior goods and they returned to the styles of earlier ages, utilising natural materials that were not only beautiful but functional.

We study the very colourful style of the Arts and Crafts Movement which began in Britain around 1860 and comprised a group of craftsmen, artists, designers and architects who aimed to raise the status of the applied arts (useful, with a utilitarian purpose e.g. weaving or pottery) to that of the fine arts (aesthetically significant – architecture, painting, sculpture and some graphic arts.

The Movement was largely inspired and led by William Morris (1834-96), poet, artist and architect whose firm, Morris, Marshall, & Faulkner founded 1861, promoted hand-made textiles, books, wallpapers and furniture. The idea was to return to the use of natural materials and recollection of older styles, notably medieval, and to open up and brighten homes.

Illustrated with images and powerpoint slideshows.

Key Features
  • Fascinating social history
  • Colourful images
  • Powerpoint illustrations
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • Lively class discussion
  • Amusing and friendly tutor

Tutor: Sarah Tobias

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees ?
CL0664-1C 13 Nov 2021 Central Brighton Saturday 11.00am - 3.00pm 1 Day £27.00 Enrol & Pay

Course content

You will study the very colourful style of the Arts and Crafts Movement, which began in Britain around 1860, and comprised a group of craftsmen, artists, designers and architects who aimed to raise the status of the applied arts (useful, with a utilitarian purpose e.g. weaving or pottery) to that of the fine arts (aesthetically significant – architecture, painting, sculpture and some graphic arts).

The Movement was largely inspired and led by William Morris (1834-96), poet, artist, architect whose firm, Morris, Marshall, & Faulkner (founded 1861) promoted hand-made textiles, books, wallpapers and furniture. The idea was to return to the use of natural materials and recollection of older styles, notably medieval, and to open up and brighten homes.

Illustrated with images and PowerPoint slideshows.

Tutor: Sarah Tobias

Why the MET?

  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • High-quality learning resource centres providing library and computing facilities
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks

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