Art evolutions: Post-Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism

Course Dates: 20/01/20 - 30/03/20
Time: 13:00 - 15:10
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Explore art and culture in the early 20th century, focussing on the major developments and movements in art including Cubism, Abstraction, Dada and Surrealism and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.


What is the course about?

The course explores the major art movements in Western art from 1900 to around 1950, considering the impact of the world wars, the changing roles of artists and patrons, psychology and other contributing factors.
We follows a broadly chronological survey of the major phases in modern art in this period, including Fauvism, Cubism and the road to abstraction, Futurist and Vorticist painting and sculpture, pre- and post-war Expressionism in Europe; Dada and Surrealism across Europe and in New York, the Soviet Avant-Garde, Socialist Realism and American Realism and the road to Abstract Expressionism.

What will we cover?

Modern art movements in the early 20th century including:
- Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism and Vorticism
- Pre- and post-war Expressionism in Europe
- Dada and Surrealism across Europe and in New York
- The Soviet Avant-Garde
- Socialist Realism and American Realism
- Abstract Expressionism.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Recognise different styles/types of modern art
- Describe works of modern art and express an informed personal response
- Describe the shift to abstract art
- Demonstrate an understanding of the socio-cultural contexts for modern art.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

There will be a slide presentation by the tutor with opportunities for group discussion throughout. There will also be some pair and small group activities. Handouts including slide lists will be provided weekly.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No. However, you may wish to buy some of the books on the reading list or visit some of the exhibitions recommended.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may like to take the other courses in this series on modern art:
VB140 / VB816 - Art evolutions: Pre-Raphaelites to Expressionism
VB142 - Art evolutions: Pop to post-internet art.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Great introduction to art in the first half of the 20th century
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 25/03/2019)
Do it if you are interested in how art developed over the years.
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Review by Renee / (Posted on 13/03/2019)
The lectures are informative and stimulating and my interest never wains over 2 hours which is an extraordinary achievement and a testament to Liz's (Keevill Eyres)relaxed,knowledgable style. The course content and delivery have surpassed my expectations. Thank you Build for such a rewarding route back to learning. I will be undertaking future courses with you.
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Review by Margaret L / (Posted on 12/03/2019)
Very informative course on first half of 20th century art. Explained all the different 'isms' clearly, lots of interactive sessions and plenty of take home material.
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Review by Caroline K / (Posted on 08/03/2019)
This is a really interesting course and well worth attending in order to expand your knowledge of 20th century art.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 07/03/2019)
I would recommend it.
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Review by Jan / (Posted on 05/03/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Elizabeth Eyres

Liz Keevill Eyres worked as a textile designer in the fashion industry for four years and then as a magazine journalist specializing in interior design for 13 years. Her first degree was at Camberwell School of Art which she did at the same time as completing a degree in History and Art History with the Open University. Liz studied and has taught at Kingston University, where she lead modules and lectured in history of art, design history and architecture for ten years and ran study visits both at home and abroad. Liz has researched into English Modernist textile design of the 1950s and the professional practice of the provincial Edwardian architect, in particular Norwich-based architect George Skipper.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: VB141

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Mon, day, 20 Jan - 30 Mar '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £249.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £152.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online . You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.

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