Art Appreciation: The Glasgow School

Ref: C3739726

This exploration of art north of the border will include the Scottish colourists, better known as the Glasgow boys and will include an investigation of the works of James Guthrie and John Lavery. We will also consider the work of the Glasgow Four, notably that of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Mary MacDonald.

Additional information about this course

*Reading courses bookable from 1st July 2016*

Course aim

This course aims to introduce students to the art made by Scottish artists at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries with a view to expanding our knowledge and appreciation of these lesser known artists.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

We will discuss paintings, some sculpture and architecture made by Scottish artists with a view to discovering the influences on them, and the new and original ideas they brought to art and architecture. Classes will concentrate particularly on the links with Art Nouveau and French Impressionism.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

1. Identify major works by John Lavery. 2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the development of the Scottish colourists. 3. Describe one work of architecture designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Through general class discussion, discussion with the tutor and use of the individual learning plans.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

No extra resources are necessary.

Reading and information sources

No reading essential but students might look at Scottish Art by Murdo Macdonald.

What could the course lead to?

Further WEA courses and discovery of wider art through visits to galleries and exhbitions and further reading.

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Art Appreciation: The Glasgow School Course Outline


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