Women Artists

Ref: C2338449

This course is to heighten appreciation and knowledge of female artists throughout the centuries, many of whom are often un heard of. Each week two or more artists and their work will be discussed . • Week One: Sofonisba Anguissola and Judith Leyster • Week Two: Elisabeth Vigee-Le Brun and Marguerite Gérard • Week Three: Marie-Denise Villers and her two sisters • Week Four: Frida Kahlo and Barbara Hepworth • Week Five: Bridget Riley and Georgia O’Keefe • Week Six: Tamara de Lempicka and Georgia O’Keefe • Week Seven: Tracey Emin and Rebecca Warren

Course aim

This course will raise awareness and appreciation women artists throughout history. This course looks not only at the paintings but also the artists’ lives behind the canvas.

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:

  • Explain how early female artists were confined by proper rulings of their day
  • Explain how some female artists were dismissed as mere copyists of other (male) artists, or their work attributed to male artists
  • Describe how change in fashion and style affected female artists who in term portrayed it in their work.
  • Explain how many modern female artists are leading the way in contemporary art

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
  • Perhaps a paper and pen for note taking

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

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Women Artists

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