Women in Art: Part 2

Ref: C3744441

In 1971 the art historian Linda Nochlin posed the question ‘Why have there been no great women artists?’ The answer to that question is that there have been - many. But, who were they? Perhaps there is a clue in Hans Hoffmann's 1937 comment about the work of Lee Krasner: 'This is so good, you would not know it was painted by a woman.' Is there such a thing as ‘female art’? Or, are there only artists who happen to be women? Are some art practices intrinsically masculine or feminine? Can genius be female? How do women represent themselves and each other? And, is there a difference between how men and women represent women in art? Indeed, what socio-cultural conditions have shaped the traditional representation of women in art and the broader visual culture? Continuing on from the study of Women in Art (Part 1) these are some of the questions and issues that will be explored during this Women in Art (Part 2) ten-week course. Why not come and join this intriguing voyage of discovery?

Course aim

Over ten weeks Women in Art (Part 2) continues the exploration of the cultural conditions, issues and debates that not only shaped the lives and work of female artists but that also determined how women have been represented in visual culture.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • discuss a range of historical and contemporary socio-cultural issues and debates associated with the role of female art practitioners and patrons throughout the history of art using appropriate language and terminology
  • consider a range of historical and contemporary socio-cultural issues and debates associated with the representation of women in art and culture employing language and terminology appropriate to the subject area
  • name and be conversant with the lives and work of a number of once culturally marginalised and/or unrepresented female art practitioners using appropriate language and terminology

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
  • Group discussion will be encouraged

What else do I need to know?

  • Writing materials will be required, although course/presentation handouts will be provided as will access to a selection of texts

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • A reading list will be provided during the course, as will a limited range of texts

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

Women in Art: Part 2

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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