The Art of Cornwall - Newlyn and St Ives

Ref: C3744372

This short course will explore the art produced in and around the town of St Ives in Cornwall where a thriving art colony has existed since the mid-nineteenth century and continues today, seen particularly in the popularity of the Tate Gallery. We will look at the realist Newlyn School of painting established in the 1880s and including the work of artists such as Stanhope Forbes and Norman Garstin. We will then move over the peninsula and study the sculptural works of Barbara Hepworth, the experimentation of Christopher Wood and Ben Nicholson and the abstraction of painters such as Lanyon, Frost, Wynter and Patrick Heron.

Course aim

This course aims to introduce students to the work produced in the thriving art colonies of Newlyn and St Ives from the end of the 19th century with a view to better understanding modern art in Britain in this period.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify one work by Stanhope Forbes
  • Describe at least one work by Barbara Hepworth
  • Begin to discuss the development of modern art in St Ives in the mid 20th century.

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

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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The Art of Cornwall - Newlyn and St Ives


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