The WEA runs Spring and Autumn term adult education courses in the Village Hall.wea logo

The Maplesteads' WEA Spring 2019 course starts on the 21st January 2019, when potential participants will be invited to attended a course overview of Art Inspired by East Anglia and meet the tutor Susan Pownall. 

The first free introductory session commences at 6.30pm, with complimentary wine and refreshments. The subsequent eight 1.5-hour sessions (with mid-session coffee breaks) start at 7.00pm. The cost of the full course is £49.28. Poster here.

Many famous artists – Constable, Turner, Spencer, Hambling and Munnings to name just a few – have been inspired by the rural landscapes, wide skies, rolling seas, and imposing churches of East Anglia during the 19th and 20th Centuries.

This course examines how various artists' works have reflected their experience of this part of the world.


 Orford - JW Turner


Wivenhoe Park - John Constable 


The Stour at Dedham - Sir Alfred Munnings 


The sessions will include:

  • The methodologies used by artists to represent aspects of East Anglia.
  • Comparative discourse on the paintings.
  • Contrasts with modern East Anglia and how we could/do represent it.


There is no set reading list for this course but suggested reading is listed below:

Author    Title
Ian Collins A Broad Canvas: Art in East Anglia Since 1880
Rosenthal & Lyle  Turner & Constable: Sketching From Nature
Andrew Graham-Dixon  A History of British Art





For further information please contact the Maplesteads' WEA Secretary, Jean Bowers