Meaning and Images of Moderism in Art History

Ref: C3675696

In this course we will be covering Modernism, the history of art from the nineteenth century until after the 2nd World War. A cultural movement which changed art in our contemporary world. Art is always the product of its times, it can support or protest. Beauty and meaning, integrity and change are part of how we the viewers perceive art. We will consider the contributions of many artists including of Goya, the northern sky of Constable and Friedrich, Pre-Raphaelite, realism of Courbet, Millet and Manet, Impressionism and Post-Impression, Secession and Sezession, The Nabis, Brancusi to Giacometti. Fauvism, German Expressionism, Kandinsky and Klee, Futurism, Vortism and Inner Space, Malevich Mondrian. The sessions will be a combination of images, discussion and lecture.The aim of my courses are always to enhance visits to galleries, to introduce learners to a wide selection of art and to connect art with our lives.

Course aim

We will cover the history of art from the nineteenth century until after the 2nd World War. Art is always the product of its times, it can support or protest. Beauty and meaning, integrity and change are part of the viewers understanding.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Have knowledge of the development of fine art from the 19th century to after the 2nd World War
  • to be able to consider if a particular artist was a modernist in your oppinion
  • to be able to differentiate between many art movements
  • to be able to link the development of an artistic movement with the world and society

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • The aim of my courses are always to enhance visits to galleries, to introduce learners to a wide selection of art and to connect art with our everyday existance

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Meaning and Images of Moderism in Art History

Enrolment 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 standard terms and conditions

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