The Queen of Bohemia

Ref: C2226142

This day course is focused on one woman - Nina Hamnet, also known as the Queen of Bohemia. She was a painter and socialite in Bohemia, London as well as Paris from the early 1900's to the 1940's. We shall examine her life and art within this Avant-Garde context. She was at times very close to the Bloomsbury group of artists such as Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant as well as to Walter Sickert from the Camden Road group and Gaudier - Brezeska and Modigliani from Paris. Nina caused scandal and outrage through her behavior and her life style often unfairly dominates her art. Using relevant slides and texts Nina's significance will be analysed and probed.

Course aim

We shall examine the life and art of Nina Hamnet,within a 20th c Avant-Garde context and analyse her influence on modern British art.

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
  • This course is for people with little spoken English

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

  • Outline British Modernism in the mid 20th century.
  • Explain importance of Nina Hamnet within the context of British Modern Art.
  • Compare and contrast Nina's art work with others from the same era.
  • Summarise Nina's modern outlook to life when compared to the Victorian age of moral beliefs
  • Give examples of British Modern art when compared to that in Paris.

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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The Queen of Bohemia


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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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