Art and Life: 20th Century America

Ref: C2339060

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, we explore a uniquely American perspective on the world - including American representations of World War I. No previous experience is necessary - just a lively, open-minded interest in art!

Course aim

To explore the works of twentieth century American artists

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 art, American artists of the 1930s, Andrew Wyeth, James Rosenquist
  • Identify some of the different aesthetic approaches to their work
  • Understand how major social, political, cultural and economic developments influenced their work

How will I be taught?

  • Tutor-led presentation flowed 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 group 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

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Art and Life: 20th Century America

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