Dayschool - Urban Realism and the Natural World

Ref: C3125304

The study day will focus attention on a selection of paintings from France in the nineteenth century and will discuss how they are made and who they are made for, with different systems of value. There will be the opportunity to learn how they are made and how they involve different attentions to local conditions. The day will consider the relationship between life in the city and ‘naturalism’ in the contexts of urban, suburban and rural conditions, particularly in France, the ideas of Realism and Impressionism. Examples include paintings by Courbet, Degas and Cassatt as well as paintings by Morisot, Manet, Monet, Pissarro Cézanne and Seurat. There will be the opportunity to consider and enjoy a range of paintings that include Courbet’s The Burial at Ornans, Degas’ The Bellelli Family, Cassatt’s Woman in the Loge, Morisot’s Cheval Glass, Monet’s Bathers at the Genouilliere, Manet’s Emile Zola and A Bar at the Folies Bergere and Seurat’s Bathers at Asniéres.

Course aim

To provide a vocabulary to describe specific nineteenth-century paintings and to enhance recognition of the functions involved in the production of work from the period.

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 parts of a vocabulary to describe nineteenth-century paintings made in France.
  • Recognise some of the functions behind the production of nineteenth-century paintings.
  • Recognise aspects of period styles in the work discussed.

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?

  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • No materials or books are needed. Some students would benefit from a notebook.

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Dayschool - Urban Realism and the Natural World


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