Art History: Post Impressionism

Ref: C2419081

From the 1880s, a series a painters set out to develop Impressionism into new directions. We will study the art of the Neo-Impressionists Seurat and Signac, of Cézanne, and we will see how Gauguin and van Gogh explored colour’s expressive potential. Through our examination of Symbolism, we will consider the fin-de-siècle spirit in Europe, as well as the Secessionist movements. Finally, we will consider the birth of modern sculpture with Rodin and Claudel and the first developments of art photography.

Course aim

This course focuses on modern art in the last decades of the 19th century, from Seurat to Rodin.

Who is the course for?

- No skills or experience needed

What topics will this course cover

- 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 will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

How will I know I'm making progress?

- 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, do or bring?

- Nothing else is needed - A class visit might be organised to the Courtauld Gallery (in which case you will have to pay an entrance fee) or to the National Gallery. This will be discussed during the first session.

Reading and information sources

- No pre reading or pre course work is required

What could the course lead to?

- 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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Art History: Post Impressionism 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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