Whistler to WW1 - Avant-garde art in Britain

Ref: C2227428

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Our course begins with Whistler, whose beautiful paintings of Battersea Bridge were influenced by Japan, derided by famous critic Ruskin. We turn to Walter Richard Sickert's vivid images of London's music halls, and to the Camden Town group including Gilman, Gore and Bevan. A new avant-garde emerged just before WWI, Vorticism, and the course ends with some WWI paintings. The course also includes Epstein's bold new sculpture and the softer paintings of rural naturalists such as Elizabeth Forbes and Frank Bramley - all avant-garde in particular ways. The tutor will encourage participation and discussion in this exciting new course.

Additional information about this course

No skills or experience needed

Course aim

The course introduces students to art in Britain from the 1860s to 1914. In this exciting period Whistler, Sickert, Elizabeth Forbes and many others made bold new art, influenced but not dependent on Japanese and French precedents.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Recognise some paintings and sculptures by British artists 1860s to 1914 within the limits of an introductory course
  • Be able to talk about British art 1860s - 1914, within the limits of an introductory course
  • Have increaded enjoyment in looking at art

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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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Whistler to WW1 - Avant-garde art in Britain

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Waiting List 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our student privacy notice

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