British Impressionism from Whistler to Singer Sargent

Ref: C3743312

While France is famous for the invention of Impressionism during the latter half of the nineteenth century, Britain not only developed its own eclectic response to the artistic and socio-cultural conditions that spurred this development, it can be argued that British artists hailing from the first half of the century had a profound impact on those who were to become the famous French Impressionists. Through an examination of what was known as the British Style and a range of late nineteenth-century British practitioners this five-week course provides the opportunity to consider the cross channel cultural and artistic currents of influence, innovation and intent that inspired the work of artists such as James McNeill Whistler, Walter Sickert and John Singer Sargent.

Course aim

British Impressionism, an examination of cross currents and influences.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • demonstrate an insight into the history of nineteenth-century art and culture in general but with a particular emphasis on the emergence of British Impressionism, its influences and practitioners
  • to show an awareness of the socio-cultural environment within which the art and culture of the British nineteenth century developed and the wider cultural context of the dominant ideologies and philosophies
  • to discuss a range of issues and debates associated with nineteenth-century art and culture, using appropriate language and terminology.

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
  • A field trip is planned for 17/06/2019

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • Group discussion will be encouraged

What else do I need to know?

  • Writing materials. A presentation handout will be provided.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • A list of suggested reading will be provided during the course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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British Impressionism from Whistler to Singer Sargent

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  • 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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