Harlem Renaissance

Ref: C3126795

This movement gave Black artists the confidence and backing to develop a truly unique artistic voice at a time when Black people in America were beginning to break through the prejudice of centuries and position themselves firmly in the mainstream of modern American society; it promoted the racial pride which inspired the Civil Rights Movement.Three particularly talented artists of the era will be studied: Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence and Elizabeth Catlett to show the variety and power of their images of Black American life and the role they took in stimulating other black artists to have pride in their ethnic heritage and showcase it accordingly. Leading literary voices of the Renaissance will be studied including the poets Langston Hughes and Claude Mackay and the novelist Zora Neale Hurston to explore writing in both conventional and advant garde black vernacular forms - a choice igniting significant contemporary controversy.

Course aim

To stimulate interest in, and provide information about The Harlem Renaissance, a cultural phenomenon developed in the 1920s in America and which was instrumental in creating a Black American identity in the Arts be they literature, art or music.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Understand what is meant by 'The Harlem Renaissance'
  • Study three talented artists (Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence and Elizabeth Catlett)
  • Study the poets Langston Hughes and Claude Mackay
  • Study the novelist Zora Neale
  • Explore writing in both conventional and advent garde black vernacular forms.

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
  • This is a day school and the standard fee for the day will be £25.

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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Harlem Renaissance

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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