Monet: More than Haystacks and Waterlilies

Ref: C3670797

This course will explore in detail the life & work of French Impressionist artist Claude Monet. As well as looking at the background of Monet's life & how it related to the work he produced, we will consider his place within a wider Art historical/chronological context with the emergence of the Impressionist movement. Monet's style changed throughout his career, & comparisons/contrasts will be made between his varying approaches. Monet's concentration on the depiction of changing light conditions dominated his work, not only in his series paintings, but in a widespread approach throughout his career. As an artist whose early years were spent in financial hardship we will chart his progress to the success in the 1890s which gave him the opportunity to travel to London, Venice, and buy and develop his beloved garden in Giverny. Fully illustrated with discussion.

Course aim

To explore the prolific and diverse range of work produced by Monet and his role in the creation of the Impressionist movement of Art.

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:

  • Contribute to constructive discussion of the paintings and themes.
  • Analyse a wide range of examples of works produced by Monet.
  • Understand the background of the artist's life and how it affected the production of his work.
  • Realise the volume and range of work produced by Monet and how capturing the effects of changing light was a central focus for him.
  • Consider the significance of Monet's work as part of the Impressionist movement and how it changed the face of Art.

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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • A notebook & pen may be of use to make notes

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 list of relevant background reading will be provided during the course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • 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
  • - Personal study - Visiting Art Galleries & exhibitions

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Monet: More than Haystacks and Waterlilies

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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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