From Symbolism to Surrealism: Odilon Redon to Salvador Dali

Ref: C2419175

Symbolism and Surrealism share a few of their key characteristics: both harnessed the power of unbridled imagination and used dream imagery in order to explore what lies beyond the confines of the rational mind. Both also started as literary movements, visual artists joining the ranks a few years after. In this course, we will study these two movements, and we will highlight the tradition that brings them together. Going from the 1880s to the 1930s, we will consider artists such as Odilon Redon, Edvard Munch, Ferdinand Hodler, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Magritte, and Salvador Dali.

Course aim

This course studies the works of artists who sought to let their imagination run free, and who belonged to one of these two movements: Symbolism and Surrealism.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Name influential artists and analyse key works of art
  • Describe each art movement by identifying their main characteristics
  • Discuss the connection between Symbolism and Surrealism

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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

Download full course outline

From Symbolism to Surrealism: Odilon Redon to Salvador Dali 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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