Artists at Great Bardfield: an Essex avant-garde

Ref: C2225012

Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious, John Aldridge and Chloe Cheese were some among a large, loosely knit artistic community focused on Great Bardfield and nearby villages. These artists worked as painters, print-makers, ceramic and fabric designers, eschewing the traditional divisions between art and craft. They used bold forms and clear bright colours in paintings of both the local countryside and further afield: they were a true Essex avant-garde. This course focuses closely on some fascinating artworks, sets art and artists into their wider artistic contexts and follows the historical trajectory from the mid 1920s to a second generation in the late 20c.

Course aim

The course aims to provide an introduction to artists who worked in Great Bardfield, looking closely at some fascinating artworks and setting these in their contemporary contexts.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Discuss and compare some paintings, prints, ceramics and other artworks produced by Great Bardfield artists during the years c.1925 - c.1990.
  • Identify the inter-connections between art and artistic training and art and society, including markets and commissions, within the limits of an introductory course.
  • Evaluate the importance of style and technique, as appropriate to a short introductory course.
  • Participate in looking at paintings, prints, ceramics and other artworks and visiting galleries and museums.

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

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
  • 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

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Artists at Great Bardfield: an Essex avant-garde

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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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