Day School: Ravilious and His Circle

Ref: C3742832

Eric Ravilious (1903-42) was often classified as an illustrator and designer - and so he was - but he was much more than that and is now widely recognised as one of the most important British artists of the 20th century. While at the Royal College of Art, where he was taught by Paul Nash, he formed a close network of fellow artists and designers. His closest friendship was with Edward Bawden and the two of them pioneered a new method of painting in watercolour of great delicacy and definition. Their woodcuts and illustrations for books and advertising brought the group a measure of fame and financial security, but as abstract art became dominant, their work went out of fashion - it is time that was rectified!

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 provide an introduction to the life and work of Eric Ravilious and his circle of friends and colleagues.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Appreciate the merits and importance of the work of Ravilious and his colleagues in the development of British art and design
  • Consider searching out galleries and exhibitions which further explore their work
  • Encourage others to appreciate this important group of British artists in the development of art and design.

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Day School: Ravilious and His Circle


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