Modernist Art and Writing

Ref: C3744555

This course will include sessions on short story form, imagist poetry, and visual art movements. We will also look at the connections between modernist aesthetics and conflict in the early twentieth century. Selected authors to include: Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, and T.S Eliot. We will also look at a range of local artists’ output, including the work of: Eric Ravilious, Vanessa Bell, Dora Carrington, Duncan Grant and Roger Fry

Course aim

This unit focuses on modernist literature and art produced in and inspired by Sussex

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:

  • To give a short presentation on a key author, artist, text or art work of their choice, supported by the tutor.
  • To list key dates, biographical information and features of British modernism
  • Be able to read a relevant piece of literature or visual art within a class test without using extra materials.
  • Use creative learning methodologies and exercises to provide interdisciplinary perspectives: for example, be adept at working with craft tools and everyday objects within a mini-seminar session
  • By the end of the course students will be able to list 2 or more authors/artists for further study (where appropriate)

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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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Modernist Art and Writing


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