Modern Portraiture from Sargent to Hockney

Ref: C2225595

Walter Sickert said in 1910 that portraits were of two kinds ‘A Picture painted by artists as servants of their customers’ and pictures painted by artists who are masters of their customers.’ The academic portrait painter Ingres compared to the portraits of Cezanne are an example of this change in portraits in the modern period. THIS COURSE RANGING FROM ARTISTS SUCH AS JOHN SINGER SARGENT, THROUGH THE PORTRAITS OF PICASSO AND MATISSE AND TO THE PRESENT DAY, WILL TEST SICKERT’S THEORY OF PORTRAITURE USING SLIDES AND TEXTS THIS COURSE WILL EXAMINE THE HISTORY AND THEORY OF PORTRAITURE FROM 1840 TO THE THE PRESENT DAY, WHICH IS GENERALLY ACCEPTED AS THE 'MODERN PERIOD. THIS EXAMINATION WILL BE MAINLY CONCERNED WITH PAINTINGS WITH SOME SCULPTURE BEING APPROPRIAT

Course aim

The aim will be to analyse modern artistic portraiture.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Describe the changes from modern portraiture when compared to its traditional past.
  • Develop new skills of analyses towards an understanding of modern art in general.
  • Evaluate art works for a better understanding of the modern period when attending exhibitions.
  • Compare and contrast objects of art using an analytical and logical process. You will be able to examine and discuss how modern art operates as a vehicle for human expression.
  • Evaluate art in a way that enables you to research the techniques and social conditions of artists like Picasso, as well less well known artists such as Van Dongen,

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
  • group exercises and discussion on compare and contrast exercises.

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
  • 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
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • 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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Modern Portraiture from Sargent to Hockney


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