Artists' Colonies of the 19th and 20th Centuries

Ref: C2338793

This course will look at the various artist communities that evolved across Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; from Concarneau and Pont Aven in Brittany to Skagen in Denmark to Newlyn in England. We will evaluate the outstanding paintings produced by artists ranging from Gauguin to Laura Knight, and consider the impact these essentially rural colonies had on early modern art.

Course aim

This course will look at the various artist communities that evolved across Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, from Skagen in Denmark to Newlyn in England.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in art and art history

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

  • name some of the key artists colonies that sprang up between 1870 and 1914, such as Newly and Skagen
  • Identify some of the key artists involved in these colonies, such as Jules Bastien-Lepage and Stanhope Forbes
  • Recount the influence these colonies had on early modern art movements such as Impressionism

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

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

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
  • The course will provide insight into anyone planning to visit locations and collections associated with these artistic colonies, such as Pont Aven

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Artists' Colonies of the 19th and 20th Centuries Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • 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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