Painting in the 19th Century After 1860: The Real and Constructed

Ref: C3127084

This eight-session course will draw from a selection of works by artists working mainly in France and North America in the period 1860-1900. The course will include close-views of work by Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Thomas Eakins, Berthe Morisot, Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. The course would suit those taking an interest in late nineteenth-century paintings for the first time and also provide the opportunity to close-view selected paintings for those wishing to refine and develop their understanding and viewing skills. This course encourages a focussed view of late nineteenth-century painting choosing examples from the period 1860-1900. A theme for the sessions will be the ideas of the Real and the Constructed. A specific itemised calendar will be provided on day one which could lead you to research some of the works by the artists involved.

Course aim

To provide a vocabulary to describe visual works of art and to enhance recognition of the functions behind paintings produced in France and North America in the period 1860-1900.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for students who attend a specific centre only. For more information please call 0300 303 3464
  • The course would benefit those interested in expanding their knowledge and experience of paintings produced in France and North America in the period 1860-1900. The course would also introduce those wishing to begin an understanding of the different kinds of late nineteenth-century painting.

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

  • Use a vocabulary to describe visual works of art.
  • Enhance your recognition of the functions behind landscape paintings produced in Europe and North America in the period 1860-1900.
  • Begin to recognise intrinsic and extrinsic contexts for visual art works.

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?

  • WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning.

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • All books should be provided by the learner. No equipment is required.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Students are provided with a detailed itinerary of works displayed and discussed at each session.The tutor provides a weekly online web page, giving the content from the previous sessions. An indication of sites to visit is 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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • The skills and knowledge gained would facilitate further study of similar visual studies with the WEA and, for the more determined, the Open University. Progression would also be experienced, at a personal level, by those students following up the sessions with reading and visiting galleries.

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Painting in the 19th Century After 1860: The Real and Constructed

Enrolment Conditions

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
  • 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 standard terms and conditions

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