Post 1945 Art

Ref: C3742773

The course will cover art made in Europe, and particularly that created in the USA in the period from the end of the second world war in 1945 to the present day. We will investigate the ideas behind the major art movements of the time, notably the Abstract Expressionists, Pop Art, Minimalist art, installation, performance and conceptual art, and we will begin to discuss the big ideas of modernism and post modernism in art and design in the second half of the twentieth century. Major artists will include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol and Carl Andre from the USA, and from Britain artists including Henry Moore, David Hockney, Francis Bacon and Damien Hirst.

Course aim

This course aims to introduce students to art made after the second world war to the present day through a study of the major artists and art movements of the period.

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 works by Jackson Pollock.
  • Identify works by Carl Andre.
  • Begin to discuss the theories behind Abstract Expressionist 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

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • If you would like to read, one useful book is Edward Lucie Smith's Movements in Art Since 1945.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Post 1945 Art


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