British War Artists: Creativity through Conflict

Ref: C3747094

The art produced as a result of the First and Second World Wars changed forever the public's perception of both the conflicts and the art world. In this course we will explore a variety of war art and discover the artists who found expression and inspiration in such troubled times. We will focus in particular on the work of Paul Nash, an official War Artist in both wars, and will also examine artists such as Christopher Nevinson, Evelyn Dunbar, Stanley Spencer, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, John Piper, Eric Ravilious and Laura Knight.

Course aim

This course will promote an understanding of the art produced as a result of the First and Second World Wars, and a familiarity with the contributing British artists.

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 the different types of art produced during the First and Second World Wars and have examined the purpose and thinking behind it.
  • have gained a brief overview of the life and work of the artist Paul Nash in order to put his war art into context.
  • identify and discuss Paul Nash's painting 'We are Making a New World' particularly in relation to other depictions of similar First World War scenes.
  • be aware of the Second World War art scheme masterminded by Kenneth Clark, name a number of artists employed and have studied a variety of the paintings they submitted.
  • describe the change in art and attitude that came about as a result of the First and Second World Wars.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No prior knowledge is necessary to enjoy this course. You only need to bring interest for the subject. A list of relevant books will be provided by the tutor, but extra reading is entirely optional.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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British War Artists: Creativity through Conflict

Enrolment Conditions

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

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