Day School: Art and Revolution

Ref: C3742824

A number of exhibitions in 2017 showed works of art which reflected the Russian Revolution. This day course initially focuses on the influence of earlier revolution in America and France before exploring that of 1917 and the civil war which followed. Nearly 50 years before the 1917 Revolution, a revolution assured in Russian visual arts. At the same time as the first Impressionist exhibitions in Paris in the 1870s, a group of radical young Russian artists, known as the Wanderers, started a revolt against the art establishment. They were committed to the people and paved the way for the even more radical movements to follow in the 20th century, when the Russian avant-garde and the Revolution of 1917 saw the pioneering of new forms of artistic expression.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by The Education and Skills Funding agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available. Contact the branch for further details.

Course aim

To consider the artistic influences of the 20th century revolutions in Russia and earlier revolutions in America and France.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Consider the Russian Revolution of 1917 in its wider artistic context
  • Inform my thinking about the effect of political revolutions in more recent history
  • Bring my knowledge to bear in my visits to galleries, exhibitions and museums.

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 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

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Day School: Art and Revolution


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