Artistic Communities: Great Barfield and St Ives

Ref: C2228433

Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious, John Aldridge and Marianne Straub were some among a large, loosely knit artistic community focused on Great Bardfield and nearby villages. These artists worked as painters, print-makers, ceramic and fabric designers, eschewing the traditional divisions between art and craft. They used bold forms and clear bright colours in paintings of both the local countryside and further afield: they were a true Essex avant-garde. The Cornish environment and distance from London fostered a very different artistic community in St Ives, with a greater concentration on painting and sculpture and some tension between Cornish-born artists and incomers. We look at some fascinating artists who worked here and examine how they exhibited and marketed their work. Artists include Naum Gabo, Peter Lanyon, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Patrick Heron, Bryan Winter, Roger Hilton, Alfred Wallis, potter Benard Leach and more.

Course aim

This course introduces students to the fascinating and often beautiful paintings, prints, fabric designs, sculpture and pottery produced by two very different British artistic communities: Great Bardfield in Essex and St Ives in Cornwall.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Recognise some paintings and other artwork by artists associated with Great Bardfield and St Ives.
  • Understand the significance of place/location (including friendship) to the artists studied on our course, within the limits of an introductory course.
  • Be able to talk about artists and artwork studied in our course, within the limits of an introductory course.
  • Have increased enjoyment in looking at art.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Nothing else is needed.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Artistic Communities: Great Barfield and St Ives

Enrolment Conditions

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  • 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 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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