Painting & Sculpture in the Twentieth Century before 1940

Ref: C3127120

This eight-session course will draw from a selection of works by artists working in Europe and North America in the period 1900-1940. The course will include close-views of work by Auguste Rodin, Henri Matisse, Suzanne Valadon, Gwen John, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Max Beckmann, Paul Nash, Pierre Bonnard, Marcel Duchamp, Wasily Kandinsky, Sonia Delaunay-Terk, and Hannah Höch. The course would suit those taking an interest in early twentieth-century visual art for the first time and also provide the opportunity to close-view selected works for those wishing to refine and develop their understanding and viewing skills. This course encourages a focussed view of early twentieth-century art choosing examples from the period 1900-1940. A theme for the sessions will be the newly formulated ideas of Abstraction, Construction and Expression. 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 and sculptures produced in Europe and North America in the period 1900-1940.

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

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 art produced in Europe and North America in the period 1900-1940.
  • 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
  • It is anticipated that a modest access to extensions of course elements will be available. These will be a specifically written online course designed to supplement your attendance to lectures.

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 or pre course work is required
  • 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. It is anticipated that a modest access to extensions of course elements will be available online.

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 & Sculpture in the Twentieth Century before 1940

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This course is not available for online 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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