An Introduction to Women in Art

Ref: C3742112

The course provides an overview and explanation of the art movements in which these woman created their work; from the Baroque artists of the 17th century to the early twentieth century movements of realism , cubism , abstract and abstract expressionism It explores the history of the emancipation of women in society and the social and political circumstances which inspired their art. The introduction charts several key art movements on a timeline from the 17th century to modern day and outlines the contribution of fifteen inspirational women to the arts.The five sessions which follow explores the lives, work and influences of some of these artists in more depth. Key artists include : Artemisia Gentileschi , Lyubov Popova, Hannah Wilke, Beatrix Potter , Georgia Okeef , Tamara Lempika , Lee Krasner , Adrian Piper , Claude Cahun , Louise Bourgeois , Cindy Sherman , Francesca Woodman , Eva Hesse Claris Cliff and Suzie Cooper.

Additional information about this course

This course is delivered in partnership with East Surrey College.

Course aim

An introduction to a course exploring women in art . Providing an overview of the art movements they belonged to and the social / political environments in which their art was created .

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 key art movements from the timeline and explain the origin of the movement , features of the movement and artists involved.
  • Identify the important women responsible for key female artwork of the time periods.
  • Describe the techniques they used to create their work , their influences and explain key points in their lives.
  • Explain key features of the history of women's rights and liberation and how these influenced the production of their art.
  • Identify how contemporary art created by women relates to the social development of women in society today.

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
  • If you wish to carry out further research your tutor can advise and you will be welcomed to share this with the group if you wish to.

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 share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • There will be painting demonstrations which show techniques used by the artists and power point presentations and handouts

What else do I need to know?

  • Note pad and pencil.

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
  • 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

Download full course outline

An Introduction to Women in Art 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
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • 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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