Contemporary Art in Europe and America: late Modernist Art 1955-2015

Ref: C3125125

This six-session course encourages a focused view of Art, choosing examples from Europe and America in the period 1955-2015. Taking a prompt from ideas of close-reading in literature, the course will use the idea of close-viewing to concentrate attention on a limited number of works. The course will explore particular works by ten women and five men. After an introductory session, the focus each week will be upon selected works from three artists. Each session will use one work to focus a group of works for comparison, works with thematic or material affinity. From an attention on urban experience, to works that rely on figures and narratives, from those that concentrate on abstraction, to sculpture and installation art in old and used materials involving fresh engagements with drawing and architectural practice.

Course aim

To provide a basic vocabulary to describe contemporary works of art; to enhance recognition of the functions behind the production of contemporary art and aspects of period style.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for improvers

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

  • Understand a basic vocabulary to describe contemporary works of art.
  • Enhance recognition of the functions behind the production of contemporary art.
  • Enhance recognition of aspects of period style.

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 will be invited to use a web site specifically linked to the sessions you attend.

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
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Some students would benefit from a notebook.

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
  • A specific itemised calendar will be provided on day one which could lad you to research some of the works by the artists involved.

What can I do next?

  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Contemporary Art in Europe and America: late Modernist Art 1955-2015 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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