Art Appreciation: Identities in Art/Monet, Belle Epoque and Post-Impressionists

Ref: C3126134

Part one of this course will cover material from the Renaissance to the early 19th century, touching on the portrayal of some of the great dynasties of Europe from the Medici to the Bourbons, Hapsburgs and Stuarts, as well as the Papacy, Napoleon Bonaparte and the English merchant families Part two consists of three lectures, with brilliant slides, to animate the work and life of Claude Monet and other of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists working in Paris and elsewhere in the late 19th century. Lecture 1 - focussing on the work of Claude Monet and his lasting influence on the Impressionist group. Lecture 2 - looking at the hotbed of ideas and change which was the Paris of the Impressionists. Lecture 3 - examines the generation of genius painters, including Van Gogh, Gauguin, Degas, Toulouse Lautrec, Seurat and Cezanne who, inspired by Impressionism, changed Art forever.

Course aim

To introduce participants to the idea that Art can become a vehicle for creating a concept of Monarchic, Social, Political or Religious identity. To make memorable the world of Claude Monet and the Impressionists.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Give additional interest when visiting Art Galleries and Exhibitions.
  • Identify the style of Claude Monet.
  • Recognise why it was so revolutionary for contemporary Art and Society.
  • Understand how later artists were influenced.
  • Identify its importance for 20th Century Art and 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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Art Appreciation: Identities in Art/Monet, Belle Epoque and Post-Impressionists


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