Saturday Lecture: Impressionist Painting

Ref: C2419191

As the Impressionists take over Tate Britain this winter, this study-day will offer an introduction to this art movement. We will consider the origins of Impressionism, its stylistic characteristics and preferred motifs, as well as the way it was received by the public. From Monet to Degas, and Morisot to Caillebotte, the Impressionist group was diverse and we will try to understand what brought them all together in the 1860s, 1870s and 1880s. In doing so, we will highlight the ways in which Impressionism radically changed the face of painting.

Course aim

During this study-day we will explore how the Impressionists revolutionised the art of painting.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Describe the origins of movement and its relation to naturalism
  • Explain why it is called "Impressionism"
  • Identify the stylistic characteristics specific to Impressionist paintings

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

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Saturday Lecture: Impressionist Painting


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