Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell & the Art & Literature of the Bloomsbury Group

Ref: C3529079

This course examines the controversial, influential avant-garde Bloomsbury Group: painters, writers, art critics and economists; at the heart of which were the two sisters: the Modernist writer Virginia Woolf and the English Post Impressionist painter Vanessa Bell.

Course aim

The explore life and work of the artistic sisters Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell and the Bloomsbury Group, explaining their central importance as writers, artists, art critics and economists to early Twentieth Century British Culture.

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:

  • Identify the leading members of the Bloomsbury Group.
  • Discuss the writing style of Virginia Woolf and the painting style of Vanessa Bell.
  • Assess the connections between the writers and artists within the Bloomsbury Group and within the period discussed.
  • •Read and discuss within the group as a whole Virginia Woolf’s short story Kew Gardens.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful to have read Virginia Woolf's short story Kew Gardens

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell & the Art & Literature of the Bloomsbury Group

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