Day School: American Originals - Jacob Lawrence and Kerry James Marshall

Ref: C3741532

The life of artist Jacob Lawrence reads like a modern Cinderella story - growing up poor and black in Harlem to eventually become the most celebrated African-American artist of the 20th century. A master storyteller, Jacob Lawrence’s elemental and haunting images recorded the lives of ordinary people in Harlem as well as the often unrecognised trailblazers of African-American history. With his unique vision of the black urban landscape, Kerry James Marshall celebrates black diversity and culture in large, startling panels, reflecting what he calls "Black existential realities." Their undeniable power is at once irreverently profane, formally complex, viscerally accessible, and hauntingly beautiful. Using digital technology, we’ll examine in detail a range of their artworks, teasing out some of the complex relationships between American art, history and culture along the way. 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 visual dayschool will look at two extraordinary African-American artists, whose powerful & original voices recount stories about a different American Dream.

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 Jacob Lawrence & Kerry James Marshall
  • Recognise the visual elements used by both artists
  • 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 - Jacob Lawrence and Kerry James Marshall


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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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