Laura Knight: Staithes, Newlyn and London

Ref: C3673775

At Newlyn on the Cornish coast Laura Knight discovered herself and her art. At the artists' community revolving around Stanhope Forbes and other talented artists her brightly coloured poster like clarity and optimism ensured her increasing popularity. Her move to London with Harold opened the subject matter for which she has become famous - gypsies, the ballet and circuses. Between the wars Dame Laura Knight R.A. was undoubtedly the most popular British painter, interest in whom has re-emerged recently.

Course aim

To follow the development of Laura Knight's art and life

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:

  • have seen the developing style and subject matter of Laura Knight
  • make comparison with fellow 'plein air' artists
  • appreciate their contribution to British art and life in the 20th century

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
  • illustrated lectures and discussion throughout, also including students' research

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Although this course is a continuation of the previous term it can also stand alone so students do not need to have attended the first term

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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Laura Knight: Staithes, Newlyn and London


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