Art History - Six Styles of Art: Impressionism to Surrealism

Ref: C3741586

This course will explore six art styles; from movements during the Victorian Era including Impressionism, Symbolism, Post-Impressionism and Fauvism; to the early Modernist styles of Expressionism and Surrealism. Individual artists will also be selected from each period and studied in more detail. Furthermore, it will provide insights into how different artists have developed their own unique visual language and the influence of different cultures.

Course aim

An introductory grounding to six significant art styles that came into being during the Victorian era within Western art including the opportunity to view and discuss a variety of important artists.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of different artists and and specific art styles
  • Recognise the distinct visual language of individual artists and specific art styles
  • Identify specific cultural influences relevant to individual artists and specific art styles
  • Develop and justify their point of view
  • Take part in discussion with other students

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to to share your point of view in regards to visual examples of artworks provided whilst also discussing the views of others.

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring a pen, note paper and an A4 ring binder. Access to the Internet and a library will be useful if you elect to further your research between sessions.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Increased awareness and interest to further subject knowledge via exhibition visits, reading and the Internet.

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Art History - Six Styles of Art: Impressionism to Surrealism


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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