British Art of the Twentieth Century

Ref: C3741418

The course will explore the huge variety of art produced in this country from the end of the 19th century to the present day. Art produced in colonies in Scotland and Cornwall will begin our story, followed by an investigation of the exciting explosion of modernism in London in the years leading up to the Great War. The effect of that war and indeed that of World War II will inform our study of the work of artists such as Stanley Spencer and L.S.Lowry, and the rise of modern trends in the 1950s and 60s. Pop art, Op art and exciting work by internationally famous artists such as Hepworth, Moore, Bacon and Freud will also be studied in the context of great social and economic changes in Britain. The art of the 90s by artists such as Emin, Hirst and Hume will bring our story up to date.

Additional information about this course

This course is now full. Please contact the Maidenhead branch who are compiling a waiting list.

Course aim

This course aims to introduce students to a wide range of visual art produced in Britain or by British artists in the 20th century, with a view to better understanding the role of Britain in the broader development of European 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 at least one work by Jacob Epstein.
  • Identify and describe at least one work by Sir Stanley Spencer.
  • Begin to discuss the invention of Pop Art in the 1950s 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
  • Students are encouraged to visit as many art galleries and exhibitions as possible 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

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British Art of the Twentieth Century

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