Art History: 19th Century Art and photography in France and England

Ref: C2419129

Looking at significant works of photography and the swift technological advancements in photography during the 19th Century and how artists during this period shifted their focus onto the materials and methods of painting. We will be looking at early photographs of Nadar and Daguerre, Talbot Fox and Juliet Margaret Cameron, as well as the paintings of Edouard Manet, Berthe Morisot and Cezanne. Towards the end of the 19th Century Muybridge engaged with Movement and we will explore the work of the artists who attempted to capture movement on canvas.

Course aim

The course aims to provide Learners with a knowledge of how the Invention and Use of Photography in France and England in 1847 (apx) effected the Art of Painting.

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:

  • Understand the emergence of specific Art Movements of the 19th Century such as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism
  • Analyse the significant moments when technology created a challenge to the Art of Painting
  • Analyse the subsequent developments of Photography which allowed Reproductions - photographs and Postcards of Great Art, The emergence of Photographic records, and most significantly - the Art Book
  • Analyse the transformations in Painting afforded by the immediacy of portable paints (and portable easels)- to aid Painting en plain air and become familiar with the artists who made their sketches and paintings 'en plein air'
  • Analyse how these developments in technology movements offered new freedoms to artists and also paved the way for a different type of art in the 20th Century, Matisse and Picasso becoming the significant artists of the new century.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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 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?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Art History: 19th Century Art and photography in France and England 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
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  • 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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