"Laura Knight: Staithes, Newlyn and London"

Ref: C3673592

Laura Knight's career began in earnest at Staithes on the North Yorkshire coast, with her husband-to-be, Harold, and other artists inspired by outdoor painting. In paint and prose she expressed her admiration and solidarity with the hardy fisher folk of Staithes whilst developing her own painting techniques. The Staithes painters were part of the 'plein air' movement that erupted in the 1870s with artists travelling to find and paint traditional communities threatened by industrialisation.

Course aim

This course will introduce students to the life and art of Laura Knight along with her husband and many other artists of the late 19th century who found subject matter in traditional rural society

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • have become familiar with the artistic and written creative expressions of Laura Knight
  • appreciate her and her fellow artists' developing 'plein air' technique
  • understand the significance of this response to the changing world

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • illustrated lectures and discussion throughout, also including students' research

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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"Laura Knight: Staithes, Newlyn and London"


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