Artists at War: World War 1

Ref: C2421374

A vast amount of images were produced during World War One. Along with photography and film, painting, drawing and sculpture were instrumental in creating a compelling record of the war. We will explore artists’ attitudes towards the war. Four main types of pictures will be discussed: sketchbooks filled by soldiers at the front; paintings and sculptures done by official war artists; war memorials; and works in which avant-garde artists addressed the war from a critical stance. As they were confronted with a totally new type of warfare and unprecedented destruction, artists had to find new ways to visually translate their wartime experiences. Although we will focus on British art and artists (such as Nevinson, Paul Nash, and Muirhead Bone) we will draw comparisons with the works of German, French and Italian artists.

Course aim

This lecture focuses on the ways artists represented World War One, and explores the roles given to art, from propaganda to protest.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Name artists who represented the war and identify some of their works (can you name a woman who was a war artist?)
  • Describe the creation, development, and purposes of the government's war art scheme in Britain
  • Discuss artists' various attitudes toward the war in terms of their works' content and style

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?

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Artists at War: World War 1

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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