Across the Pond: Art and Architecture of the USA

Ref: C3741175

This course will explore the development of American art and architecture from the early colonial period to the present day through an examination of major works by the most important artists, including Hudson River School greats Thomas Cole, and Frederick Edwin Church through to Whistler, Sargent, Pollock, Rothko and Warhol. The teaching will emphasis the varied roots of American creativity which has drawn extensively upon its rich history of immigration and its indigenous peoples. Painting, sculpture, photography and architecture will all be explored.

Course aim

This course aims to increase awareness of the art of America through an introduction to the artists and architects of that continent from the early colonial period through to the present day

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:

  • Identify and describe one painting by John Singer Sargent
  • Identify and describe one building by Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Begin to discuss the variety of influences on American artists over the centuries.

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
  • Visits to exhibitions and galleries with appropriate works will be encouraged.

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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

Download full course outline

Across the Pond: Art and Architecture of the USA 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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