Art in Revolutionary Russia

Ref: C3675316

This course aims to introduce the art of revolutionary Russia, 1917-1939. It explores the aesthetic range and character of this art. It also places this within its historical context, seeking to examine the social and political role of this art, and of art in general. It will look at the way that the early radical forms of artists such as Malevich or Rodchenko gradually gave way to 'socialist realism,' but it will also consider the way that some artists avoided this development. The course will be a interactive and hands-on series of workshops, in which students will be asked to contribute and develop their own thoughts on the works studied.

Course aim

The course is designed to introduce the art of revolutionary Russia, 1917- 45. It will survey the range and character of this art and place it in its historical context, exploring the political and social role of art.

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:

  • develop a knowledge of the main trends in the art of this period
  • understand how the historical developments of the time affected this art
  • evaluate this art and develop personal opinions about it

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?

  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • 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

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Art in Revolutionary Russia


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