Art in Britain 1850 - 1970

Ref: C3529106

This course will chart the work of groups of artists working in Britain, such as the Pre-Raphaelites; Arts & Crafts Movement; Camden Town Group; Vorticists; war artists; Constructivists; English Abstract Expressionists; Kitchen Sink School; Euston Road School and the early protagonists of Pop Art.

Course aim

The course will aim to develop an understanding of the work of artists in Britain from 1850-1950.

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:

  • To develop an understanding of the way the changing social and political structure of Britain affected the work of artists during this period.
  • Understand the impact of work produced in Europe on the work of British artists during the period covered.
  • To develop an understanding of the different philosophies and motivations that underpinned the art produced by the artists in the different groups

How will I be taught?

  • Each session will consist of a slideshow of works of art, with accompanying handouts and notes used as a focus for discussion.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • There will be no formal assessment apart from the Learner Record Form. Informal assessment will be based upon individual’s contribution and involvement in discussions and question and answer sessions.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Although no pre-reading is required, you may find the following books useful: Niklaus Pevsner Pioneers of Modern Design Charles Harrison English Art and Modernism Alexandra Harris Romantic Moderns

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

Download full course outline

Art in Britain 1850 - 1970 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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