An Introduction to Modern Art

Ref: C3744442

How modern is modern art? Actually, not very! Not to be confused with 'contemporary art' the majority of commentators agree that the term 'modern art' describes artistic works produced during a period extending very roughly from the 1860s to the late-1960s or 1970s, denoting the various avant-garde styles and philosophies of the art produced during that time period. The term is also usually associated with art in which the traditions of the past have been rejected in a spirit of experimentation and innovation, now frequently identified as Modernist (or, Modernism). As something of a taster series, this five-week course offers an opportunity to situate the emergence and evolution of modern art within a historical and cultural context and to identify a range of its characteristics, influences, developments, art movements and major practitioners.

Course aim

The five-week course Introducing Modern Art provides a brief exploration of the world of modern art, its origins and periods, movements and characteristics, themes, genres and major practitioners.

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 limited range of historical and contemporary socio-cultural issues and debates associated with modern art and its development, employing appropriate language and terminology
  • historically situate the origins and identify the characteristics of modern art, its range of art movements and major practitioners through the employment of suitable art terms and language
  • distinguish between the terms 'modern art' and 'contemporary art' their meanings and interpretations

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
  • A group field trip/visit to an appropriate gallery/exhibition is planned for Monday 22nd June 2020 to augment class 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
  • Class discussion will be encouraged

What else do I need to know?

  • Course presentation handouts and supporting material are provided as is access to a selection of texts. Writing materials are required

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 suggested reading list will be provided, as will as access to a small range of texts

What can I do next?

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An Introduction to Modern Art

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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