The Figure in 20th century Painting

Ref: C2341869

The history of twentieth century art has often been told as a shift away from the representational towards the abstracted. This course looks at a range of artists from Marc Chagall to Alice Neel, who experienced the uncertainties of their time and responded to these social, cultural and political changes in their often compelling paintings of people. No previous experience necessary - just a lively, open-minded interest in art!

Course aim

This course explores figurative paintings of the twentieth century

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Recognize some of the different approaches to figure paintings by Marc Chagall, Stanley Spencer, Egon Schiele, Otto Dix, George Tooker, Alice Neel, and the propaganda art of the Third Reich
  • Id, for example.entify some of the key characteristics of their works - the use of colour, line and space
  • Recognize some of the major social, cultural and political influences on their work

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?

  • Continuous monitoring of progress will occur during group tasks where students analyse colour copies of paintings in small groups, and feedback of findings

What else do I need to know?

  • A folder in which to keep handouts would be useful

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Recommended reading: booklists and web sites will be suggested throughout the course and included in each session handout

What can I do next?

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The Figure in 20th century Painting

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