Day School: Impressionism

Ref: C3744546

Everyone knows the work of the Impressionists, from Monet's waterlilies to Degas' ballerinas, but not many really understand the context in which these pictures were made or the bigger ideas that lay behind them. In this short course we will endeavour to better understand what this group of young and ambitious French painters were trying to achieve with their brightly coloured studies of modern Parisian life and landscape. We will learn about their great mentor, Edouard Manet and look at some of the varied ways in which they tried to examine modern life in a modern way.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Education Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

This course aims to introduce students to the great art works produced by the group of French painters best known as The Impressionists, with a view to better understanding their contribution to art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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 Manet's Dejeuner sur l'herb.
  • Describe at least one painting by Monet.
  • Begin to discuss the context in which the Impressionist group worked.

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

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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Day School: Impressionism


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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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