Late 19th and 20th Century British Art

Ref: C3741393

The course will begin with a review of art made in Britain that was inspired by the innovations of the avant garde in France, with particular emphasis on art colonies in Scotland and Cornwall. Experimental modern art groups in London working out of the Slade school will be investigated along with an thorough review of the effects of the Great War on British artists. Further innovations between the wars, and the revolutionary ideas of British Pop Art and experimental art after WWII will be investigated thoroughly. Artists such as James Guthrie, Jacob Epstein, Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash, Frances Bacon, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, Lucien Freud and the YBAs in the 1990s will all be covered in this course.

Course aim

This course will introduce students to the developments in art created in Britain or by British artists at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, with a view to better understanding the British 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 one work by James Guthrie.
  • Identify and describe one work associated with Vorticism.
  • Begin to discuss the contribution of British artists to the Pop Art phenomenon.

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
  • Students are encouraged to visit galleries, exhibitions and shows associated with the subject to enhance their 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

Download full course outline

Late 19th and 20th Century British Art 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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