Saturday lecture: First World War Painters

Ref: C2420025

Join us today as we look at the Art of the World War I, from the battle front to the home front, exploring the changing role of the artist and the changing expectations viewers had of paintings and war-time exhibitions. Art might be realist and journalistic, or stylised and expressive – either way, the experience of modern warfare changed the course of British art history. From soldier-artists to official war artists, from CRW Nevinson and Paul Nash paintings of the trenches to Anna Airy’s factories and Olive Mudie-Cooke’s post-war Europe – we will look through the artists’ eyes once again in this centenary year.

Course aim

Paintings from the Great War: Explore how the role of art and the artist, from battle-front to home-front, Paul Nash to Anna Airy, changed through the experiences of the 1914-1918 war.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Recognise some of the key art-works from the First World War
  • See how artists reacted to the battle-front
  • Discuss the changes in viewers’ expectations of visual art
  • Understand the need painting the situation on the home-front
  • Reflect on the ways in which war was represented one hundred years ago, and how we see the Great War today.

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?

  • This is a one off lecture, tutor will encourage you to ask questions about the subject matter

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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Saturday lecture: First World War Painters


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