Masterpieces of Art Nouveau

Ref: C3741191

The course focuses on the art and architecture produced in Europe between 1890 and the First World War. Inspired by the natural world artists such as Beardsley, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Jan Toorop, Klimt and Emile Galle’ established a style based on sinuous lines, elongated forms and use of exotic materials. Art Nouveau architecture flourished in major European cities with Gaudi, Otto Wagner, Hector Guimard and Horta who aimed to create buildings appropriate for the modern world.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

To introduce the students to the variety and distinctive features of Art Noveau focussing on selected works produced in countries such as Belgium and France, Austria and England.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Examine at least two of the works discussed during the course in a critical way.
  • List two key features of Art Noveau art or architecture.
  • Gives two reasons for the flourishing of Art Nouveau in Europe

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

  • A short reading list will be provided at the start of the course

What can I do next?

  • Students might wish to carry out further independent study by reading about the subject matter and visiting art galleries; they might join other WEA courses related to the topic.

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Masterpieces of Art Nouveau


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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