Women in Art - Explore Their Development Over 400 Years

Ref: C3744259

Discover the art of fifteen pioneering women who paved the way for female contemporary artists in what was initially considered to be a profession for men. We look at the powerful influences which drove them to produce their work , their struggles to make their mark throughout history and the reasons for their success. From the work of Artemisia Gentileschi to the works of artists such as Beatrix Potter , Tamara Lempika and Georgia O Keefe. We explore the contemporary work of female artists today, not forgetting the business exploits of craftswomen and artists like Suzie Cooper and Claris Cliff and the lasting legacy they have left, not only on the art and design world but on the women’s movement as a whole. The course covers a 400 year timeline and celebrates the work of female artists with passion and pride.

Course aim

We chart the development of fifteen prominent women artists over 400 years.We look at how the emancipation of women and art they created are linked and at the reasons for their success and struggles they faced in what was a male dominated profession

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Relate the art of some the women artists to the female equality movement.
  • Describe the reasons why some women artists became successful.
  • Identify and discuss the artists work
  • Plot their work on a time line and discuss the social and political changes which influenced the work of the artists
  • Give your opinion on the artistic works and describe the methods and materials used linking this to art movements.

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • A note pad would be useful

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Women in Art - Explore Their Development Over 400 Years

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