Day School: Impressionism in Britain

Ref: C3741128

This course will explore the development of impressionist painting in Britain in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries . We will discuss the impact of the work of French artists who spent time in Britain in the 1870s, and of the exposure of young British artists to impressionist and other plein air painters when completing their training in France. We will also consider how British artists sought to popularise impressionism at home, adapting their work in terms of both subject matter and style. This course coincides with the exhibition ‘Impressionists in London’, which runs at Tate Britain from 2 November 2017 to 29 April 2018.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To outline the emergence and evolution of impressionist painting in Britain in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Use examples to outline the influence of French art on British artists in the late nineteenth century.
  • Critically examine and discuss examples of the work of three British impressionist artists.
  • Explain some of the ways in which British impressionists adapted their work to reflect British society and tradition.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No preparatory reading is required, but some suggestions for general reading include: Kenneth McConkey, British Impressionism (1989) Sam Smiles (ed), Into the Light: French and British Painting from Impressionism to the Early 1920s (2011)

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

Download full course outline

Day School: Impressionism in Britain 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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