The Art of North America

Ref: C2420065

The art of the United States and Canada is often startlingly powerful and original. We shall start with the mid-18th century, but focus particularly on how art in the 19th and 20th centuries reflects the enormous geographical expansion and social and cultural change. We shall begin with the 18th century artists steeped in the British tradition of portraiture, then discuss how the Revolution and opening up of the interior in the 19th century gave landscape and figurative painting a uniquely American style and atmosphere. We shall explore the impact on art of Native American and African American culture and of the growth of the United States as a world power. There will be an in depth look at some important 19th and 20th century art movements and individual artists, for example American Impressionists, the Group of Seven in Canada, the ‘Ash Can’ school, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Norman Rockwell, Mark Rothko and Andrew Wyeth.

Course aim

To encourage members to broaden their knowledge of art by reviewing and discussing the origins and development of art in North America and its influences.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • appreciate the major movements and themes covered
  • enjoy using analytical skills in further study
  • benefit more from your visits to galleries and exhibitions

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?

  • Feedback will be given through illustrated talks 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

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The Art of North America


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