Day School: The Glasgow School

Ref: C3741255

This day school will look in some detail at the work of the loosely associated group of artists known as the Glasgow Boys and the Glasgow Girls. Throughout the day we will investigate the work of artists such as James Guthrie and Arthur Melville and try to measure their contribution to the development of modern art in Britain, based on the inspiration they gained from viewing work made by avant garde artists in France, in the 1880s. The day will also try and explain the contribution made by Glasgow's greatest designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh to this story along with a review of the work of his associates, particularly women led by Margaret MacDonald. A short study of later paintings by the Scottish Colourists will complete the day.

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

This short course aims to introduce students to the exciting innovations introduced by artists in Scotland at the end of the 19th century with a view to better understanding their contribution to modernism.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify and describe the Hynde's Daughter by James Guthrie
  • Identify and describe the Glasgow School of Art building.
  • Begin to discuss the role of Scottish artists in the development of modern art in Britain.

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 pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Day School: The Glasgow School


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