Day School: Great Bardfield Artists – the Essex Avant -Garde?

Ref: C2226913

Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious, John Aldridge and Marianne Straub were some among a large, loosely knit artistic community focused on Great Bardfield and nearby villages. These artists worked as painters, print-makers, ceramic and fabric designers, eschewing the traditional divisions between art and craft. They used bold forms and clear bright colours in paintings of both the local countryside and further afield: they were a true Essex avant-garde. This Day School explores and celebrates 'our' Essex artists and focuses in on some of their fascinating artworks.

Additional information about this course

Tea and coffee from 9.30am. The course runs from 10am - 4pm with a one hour lunch break.

Course aim

The course aims to provide an introduction to artists who worked in Great Bardfield, Essex, looking closely at some fascinating artworks and setting these in their contemporary contexts.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Discuss and compare some paintings, prints, ceramics and other artworks produced by Great Bardfield artists during the years c.1925 - c.1990, within the limits of a Day School.
  • Identify some inter-connections between art and society, including markets and commissions, within the limits of a one day course.
  • Begin to evaluate the importance of style and technique, as appropriate to a short course.
  • Participate in looking at paintings, prints, ceramics and other artworks and visiting the Fry Gallery in Saffron Walden.

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Day School: Great Bardfield Artists – the Essex Avant -Garde?


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