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