The Surrealists

Ref: C2420403

Surrealism is a revolutionary 20th-century movement which flourished in the 1920s and 1930s through the political and aesthetic sensibilities of André Breton. The six classes will demonstrate how the movement influenced artists, poets and other intellectuals in and outside Europe.

Course aim

To elaborate on Surrealism, a key movement in Europe of the early twentieth century, focusing on a chronological unfolding of historical events and aesthetic forms and its influence outside Europe.

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:

  • Outline a chronological and geographical timeline of the Surrealist movement
  • Identify key artists/intellectuals and their approach
  • Understand the historical context from which the movement evolved
  • Pinpoint how the movement influenced artists outside Europe

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?

  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

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

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The Surrealists

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