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Centre for Open Learning: Discovering Decorative Arts at the National Museum of Scotland

18 Apr - 20 Jun 2024
11:00 - 13:00

In the museum galleries

£165 for 10 sessions (concessions available) 

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Art Nouveau panel by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. A woman in a swooping dress adorned with green leaves looks up at three winged cherubs.

© 'Summer', a cream coloured gesso panel in a white wood frame, depicting in low relief a woman looking upwards to four naked children, signed 'Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh 1904', Glasgow, 1904.

© 'Summer', a cream coloured gesso panel in a white wood frame, depicting in low relief a woman looking upwards to four naked children, signed 'Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh 1904', Glasgow, 1904.

National Museums Scotland are delighted to host a new term of University of Edinburgh Short Courses – a great way to explore our collections and their wider history with experts.

This 10-week course will introduce the magnificent decorative arts collections within the National Museum of Scotland. We will explore the historical developments of decorative arts and how they have influenced modern methods and techniques used to create many beautiful objects on display in the museum.

This course is led by artist and lecturer Karen A Clulow and will be taught within a range of galleries in the National Museum of Scotland.  

A stainless steel structure with several wires and green tapestry inserts.

'Green Circles' structure, welded stainless steel, tapestry inserts, David Poston and Jonathan Cleaver: Suffolk & Edinburgh, UK, 2011 © David Poston and Jonathan Cleaver (K.2013.83).

The University of Edinburgh Short Courses are presented by the Centre for Open Learning. Full information is on the booking link above, or you can contact the Centre for Open Learning on 0131 650 4400 or COL@ed.ac.uk

No prior knowledge is required. Find out more at ed.ac.uk/short-courses

Find out more about the event and how to attend:

Current visiting information can be found on our Plan Your Visit pages. 

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