Art and Architecture in the 20s and 30s

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Art and architecture between both World Wars in Britain, Europe and America, produced some of the most exciting styles of the 20th century. In response to the violence of the First World War, artists and audiences embraced the 1920s 'Jazz Age', a period of social decadence, liberation, experimentation and sexual freedom. A dominant architectural and design style of the 1920s was Art Deco: discover how advances in industry and technology influenced Art Deco across art, design, architecture and fashion. Spanning both decades was the Bauhaus school in Weimar and Berlin. Discover some of the key teachers and students at the Bauhaus and how this school influenced architects in America in the 1930s. Amid growing nationalism across Europe in the 1930s, the course also explores how Surrealism and Abstraction reflected the anxiety of the age; and the rise of Fascist architectural styles in Germany, Spain and Italy.

Course aim

Explore European and American art and architecture of 1920s and ‘30s. How did social and technological developments shape Art Deco and Bauhaus design? Discover movements and styles of the 1930s, from Surrealism to Fascist architecture.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify two key aspects of the context of 'between the Wars' in Britain and Europe.
  • Link aspects of social and technological change in the 1920s to the development of the Art Deco style.
  • Explain one way that the Bauhaus School influenced art and design beyond Germany in the 1930s.
  • Develop confidence in talking about two artworks or buildings of your choice studied on the course.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will be taught with online slide presentations and class discussions. You will need: - A secure Internet connection - A PC, laptop, Mac/MacBook with microphone & camera, or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone - Earphones, headphones or speakers

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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Art and Architecture in the 20s and 30s

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This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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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 student privacy notice

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