Women as Artists and Patrons

Ref: C3741276

The course examines the work of European female artists from the 15th to the 21st century. Selected paintings will be assessed in terms of content, style and the social and cultural factors which affected them. Among the artists to be studied are Judith Leyster, Elizabeth Vigee-Lebrun, Berthe Morisot and Bridget Riley. Consideration will also be given to the patronage of the art by women such as Isabella d’Este and Madame de Pompadour.

Course aim

To introduce the students to art produced and commissioned by female artists and patrons in Europe through the centuries assessing the factors which hindered or helped women in their artistic aspirations

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • List two factors which hindered or helped female artists in their career
  • Discuss the artistic taste of either Isabella d’Este or Madame de Pompadour
  • Examine some works discussed during the course in a critical way

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?

  • Progress to another WEA course

Download full course outline

Women as Artists and Patrons 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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