Art History - Modern Art throughout the Jerwood Collection

Ref: C3741653

Modern art is complex, contradictory, hard to pin down; there is no one unifying quality that defines what art has to be in order to be considered ‘Modern’. There is, though, an insistence on novelty, on controversy, on innovation and form-breaking that runs through the modern and colours the products of its imagination. The course will approach Modern Art thematically, looking at the innovations and revolutions - the steam engine, psychanalysis, the camera - that underpinned the changing landscape of art throughout the modern period. Using temporary exhibitions and works within the Jerwood Collection as a starting point, we will engage directly with the art work, using specific images as a point of departure to consider wider notions of modernity. This course can follow on from the Currents and Contradictions in Modern Art, or be taken as a self-standing course.

Course aim

To explore of some of the major themes of Modern Art, relating these to both the Jerwood Collection and the wider art world.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • discuss the nature of Modern art, both in terms of specific works and in a more general sense.
  • use the appropriate vocabulary to identify and discuss aspects of Modern art studied in the class.
  • relate some of the specific artworks studied to the aesthetic, social and historical background from which they arise.
  • develop preferences among the art works studied and be able to explain your reasons for these.

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?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Art History - Modern Art throughout the Jerwood Collection 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
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  • 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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