Icon to Modernism Art from Russia

Ref: C2224385

By studying early icon paintings, followed by the Russian artists of the 18th and 19th centuries, a conception of the main characteristics of Russian art will be achieved. Artists such as Briullov, Repin and others of the 19th century relied more on naturalism rather than the formalized icon. With the advent of the Great War, followed by the Russian Revolution, the dominance of Communism influenced the production of art. The artist was seen as a producer, like factory worker, in the early days of the Revolution under Lenin, Under the dictator Joseph Stalin this avant-garde was crushed and a new form of propaganda art called Soviet Socialist Realism became dominant. Artists making their careers in exile in Paris, including Chagall, Soutine and Sonia Delauney will also be the subject of investigation in this riveting course.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

To study selected works by the main Russian artists producing different themes and styles, in art, from the icon to the 20th century.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for people with little spoken English

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

  • Compare and contrast the work of Russian born artists and discover their role within the history of art.
  • Recognize the importance of Russian art within the history of western art
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the reasons for these various groups and their success or failure to promote new ideas.

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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

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

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Icon to Modernism Art from Russia


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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