DAY SCHOOL - Vincent van Gogh

Ref: C2419947

In a letter sent from London in 1874 Vincent van Gogh wrote: “Always continue walking a lot and loving nature, for that’s the real way to learn to understand art better and better. Painters understand nature and love it, and teach us to see.” As Tate Britain will explore the web of cross-influences between van Gogh and British arts and culture, we will look at the central role and place given to the natural world in his paintings. Flowers, setting suns, fields and cypresses depicted with the brightest colours: we will investigate their meaning and effect. This theme will serve as a point of entry in van Gogh's art. From there we will follow his evolution from the muddied colours of his 1885 "Potato Eaters" to the bright hues of the sunflowers and orchards of Arles.

Course aim

This lecture studies the art and life of Vincent van Gogh, from his early years in the Netherlands to his last year in Auvers-sur-Oise.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Describe different periods in van Gogh's art and identify key works of art
  • Discuss the role given to colour in his paintings
  • Compare van Gogh's landscape paintings with those of other artists

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?

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DAY SCHOOL - Vincent van Gogh

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