Artistic Communities: Great Bardfield and St Ives

Ref: C2225774

Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious, John Aldridge and Chloe Cheese were some among a large, loosely knit artistic community focused on Great Bardfield and nearby villages. These artists worked as painters, print-makers, ceramic and fabric designers, eschewing the traditional divisions between art and craft. They used bold forms and clear bright colours in paintings of both the local countryside and further afield: they were a true Essex avant-garde. While the major focus of the course concerns our local artists we will also compare Great Bardfield with the St Ives artistic community and look at the work of Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Bernard Leach, Terry Frost and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham.

Additional information about this course

This course will run from 30th January - 20th March with a half term break on 20th February. It will run for 7 sessions with an additional field trip to Great Bardfield, Saturday 9th March.

Course aim

The course aims to provide an introduction to artists who worked in Great Bardfield, Essex, and at St Ives, looking closely at some fascinating artworks and setting these in their contemporary contexts.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Discuss and compare some paintings, prints, ceramics and other artworks produced by Great Bardfield and St Ives artists during the years c.1925 - c.1990.
  • Identify the inter-connections between art and artistic training and art and society, including markets and commissions, within the limits of an introductory course.
  • Evaluate the importance of style and technique, as appropriate to a short introductory course.
  • Participate in looking at paintings, prints, ceramics and other artworks and visiting galleries and museums.

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

  • 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

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Artistic Communities: Great Bardfield and St Ives


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