Day School: Paul Nash and British War Artists

Ref: C3743251

The art produced as a result of the First and Second World Wars changed forever the public's perception of both the conflicts and the art world. In this Study Day we will explore a variety of war art and discover the artists who found expression and inspiration in such troubled times. We will focus in particular on the work of Paul Nash, an official War Artist in both wars, but will also examine artists such as Christopher Nevinson, Evelyn Dunbar, Stanley Spencer, Graham Sutherland, John Piper, Henry Moore and Laura Knight.

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 promote an understanding of the art produced as a result of the First and Second World Wars and a familiarity with the contributing British artists, with particular emphasis upon the work of Paul Nash.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • 1. Identify the different types of art produced during the First and Second World Wars and have examined the purpose and thinking behind it.
  • 2. Have gained a brief overview of the life and work of the artist Paul Nash in order to put his war art into context.
  • 3. Identify and discuss Paul Nash's painting 'We are Making a New World' particularly in relation to other depictions of similar First World War scenes.
  • 4. Be aware of the Second World War art scheme masterminded by Kenneth Clark, name a number of artists employed and have studied a variety of the paintings they submitted.
  • 5. Descibe the change in art and attitude that came about as a result of the First and Second World Wars

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Day School: Paul Nash and British War Artists

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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