Whistler: Convention and Controversy

Ref: C3671666

This session will explore the work of Whistler, comparing & contrasting his conventional portraits with his more experimental work which caused a great deal of controversy within the context that it was produced. Fully illustrated with discussion.

Additional information about this course

'Whistler: Convention & Controversy’ – An exploration of the contrasting sides of this late 19th Century artist’s work, with the portrait commissions which conformed to establishment expectations and the more experimental work of his nocturnes and firework scenes which caused controversy with a resulting court battle! Fully illustrated with discussion.

Course aim

This session will explore the work of Whistler, comparing & contrasting his conventional portraits with his more experimental work which caused controversy within the context that it was produced.

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 the background of the artist
  • Realise the context of production of the paintings within the wider art historical chronology
  • Contribute to discussion & analysis of the paintings
  • Consider & compare/contrast a range of examples of paintings by Whistler
  • Realise the significance of the controversy created by some of Whistler's work in contrast to his conventional output

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 for taking notes

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

Download full course outline

Whistler: Convention and Controversy Course Outline

Conditions

You can 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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