Day School: American Originals - Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko

Ref: C3741531

Many major art movements of the 20th century sought to transcend the limitations of purely representational forms and move into the territory of the sublime. As perhaps the most distinctive modern artists of the sublime, Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock worked to capture art directly as feeling, illuminating the elemental power of feeling beyond form. Using digital technology, we’ll examine a range of their artworks in detail, as well as some of their complex relationships with American art and culture. Everyone welcome.

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 very visual dayschool will look at two 20th century American Abstract Expressionists who have challenged the way the world both creates and appreciates art.

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 major art works by Jackson Pollock & Mark Rothko
  • Recognise the visual elements used by each artist
  • Look more critically at art works

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
  • A willingness to look ....

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: American Originals - Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko


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  • 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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