Art Nouveau

Ref: C3741313

The course provides and introduction to the art and architecture produced in Europe between 1890 and the First World War. Inspired by the natural world artists aimed to create works appropriate for the modern world and established a style based on sinuous lines, elongated forms and the use of exotic materials. Mucha and Gaudi, Horta and Beardsley, Wagner and Toulouse – Lutrec are among the artists to be considered.

Course aim

To introduce the students to the variety and distinctive features of European Art Noveau focussing on selected works of art and architecture 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 two of the prints discussed during the course in a critical way.
  • List two key features of Art Nouveau architecture in either France or Austria.
  • Give two reasons for the distinctive style of Gaudi

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 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.

Download full course outline

Art Nouveau Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • 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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