Master pieces of French Art

Ref: C3672599

Masterpieces of French Art The Impressionists, Monet, Post-Impressionists, Manet, the exquisite International Gothic of the Limbourg brothers, realism of 19th century rural France, French art was often influential, innovative and reflective. It expresses creative ideas and also French history with great clarity. The emergence from Northern society, how French art was influenced by international art movements and how French art became central to breaking away from tradition and the power of French art institutions. The intention of the course is to enjoy the art works themselves and to observe how art reflects the changing world that it reflects.

Course aim

To study French art in its historical contexts, Monet, Chardin and David for example

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • recognise changing artistic styles
  • identify who is commissioning the art during certain periods
  • question for what reason is the art being made
  • discuss which artists you prefer
  • look at a painting and be informed by it using the above learning outcomes

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?

  • you may like to bring pen and paper to make notes on aspects of the course that have interested you and and that you would like to remember

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You may enjoy looking at publications both in a library or on line about French art and France generally

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Develop your interest in the subject either by reading or visiting local or distant art galleries.

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Master pieces of French Art


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