Introduction to Modern Art

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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 An Introduction to 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’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • 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?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Writing materials are required

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas:
  • 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

What can I do next?

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Introduction to Modern Art

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