20th Century American Art

Ref: C2339926

North American artists responded to the life-changing social and cultural developments of their time in extraordinary and innovative ways. From Thomas Eakins, through Childe Hassam and including the Regionalism of Grant Wood, we explore a uniquely American perspective on the world - including American art of World War I. No experience necessary - just a lively, open-minded interest in art!

Course aim

The aim of this course is to explore the art of twentieth century America

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Recognise some of the major works of the artists under discussion - Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, the Ashcan School, World War I artists, Andrew Wyeth, and James Rosenquist
  • Identify some of the different approaches to their work
  • Understand how the major social, political and economic developments of the time influenced their work

How will I be taught?

  • Tutor - led presentation followed by group tasks when students analyse and interpret colour copies of paintings

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Continuous monitoring will take place during group tasks, student feedback of findings followed by general discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • A folder would be useful to keep handouts given at each session

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Booklists and details of relevant websites are given at each session

What can I do next?

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20th Century American Art


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