Women in Art

Ref: C3747055

This course will begin with an overview of the contribution of women to art in the ancient world and in the medieval period as far as we can discern from objects and literature. Renaissance artists and those from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries are better documented, but women were rarely trained as painters or sculptors. We will, however, study the contribution of a number of better known artists from this period notably Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith Leyster, Angelica Kaufmann and the Impressionist painters Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt. Although still marginalised by the professions, women artists proliferate in the 20th and 21st centuries and we will study painters, sculptors and photographers including Sonia Delaunay, Georgia O'Keefe, Dorothea Lange, Barbara Hepworth and - perhaps more controversially - Tracy Emin and Sarah Lucas. We will also investigate attitudes to women in the work of critics and historians.

Course aim

This course will investigate the contribution made by women artists in painting, sculpture and architecture from the Renaissance period to the present day. Women have until recently been ignored by art history, this course will try to change this!

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:

  • Identify major works by Artemisia Gentileschi and Judith Leyster.
  • Identify and describe some of the major works by Georgia O'Keefe and Sonia Delaunay
  • Describe and discuss the changes in art education for women from the end of the 19th century.
  • Discuss why there are so few well known women artists before the 20th century.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You do not need to bring anything else to this course.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Women in Art

Is this course right for me? Request more information

This course has started and there are no online enrolment places available.


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing