Art and Life: 20th Century America

Ref: C2339037

American artists responded to the life-changing social and cultural developments of their time in extraordinary and innovative ways. From Thomas Eakins, to the impressionism of Childe Hassam and the Regionalist works of Grant Wood in the 1930s, we explore a uniquely American perspective on the world - including American representations of World War I. No previous experience necessary - just a lively, open-minded interest in art!

Course aim

To explore art of twentieth century America

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Recognize some of the major works of the artists under discussion - Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, Ashcan School, World War I artists, Regionalist artists, Andrew Wyeth and James Rosenquist
  • Identify some of the different approaches to their work
  • Understand how the major social, political, cultural and economic developments influenced their work

How will I be taught?

  • Tutor-led presentation followed by group tasks when students analyse and interpret colour copies of paintings

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Continuous monitoring of progress will occur during gropu tasks and feedback of findings

What else do I need to know?

  • A folder would be useful to keep handouts given at each session

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • booklists and relevant website details will be given at each session

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

Download full course outline

Art and Life: 20th Century America 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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