Art in the 1920s and 1930s: architecture and design

Course Dates: 03/06/20 - 01/07/20
Time: 13:15 - 15:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Julie Barlow

Discover how architects and designers in the inter war period reacted to both cultural and societal change. Explore the experimental world of architecture and design in the art deco and Bauhaus period.


What is the course about?

After the First World War, architects and designers responded to the massive changes wrought, in a wide variety of ways: from the clean lines of Bauhaus design and the International Style in architecture to the exuberance of Art Deco.
The technological developments of the Industrial Revolution facilitated new visions of architecture and design on an international stage. Find out how the modernist style spread in both Europe and America, with a special focus upon developments in London.
See how the decorative arts responded to changes in society and the influence on fashion in this period.

What will we cover?

- Setting the scene: the interwar period
- Design movements of the period including Bauhaus and Art Deco
- The development of the Modernist style in architecture
- The expansion of London along the railways and the range of design influences on inter-war buildings.

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

• Identify and describe the key design styles of this period
• Describe and explain the modernist features of architecture and the decorative arts
• Participate in discussions about the expansion of London and its design influences.

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?

You will be taught with slide presentations, group discussions, and guided visits.

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

You might wish to bring a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.
Please note we are unable to guarantee stools in the art galleries that we will visit so you may have to stand and to walk between paintings. All gallery visits will be free.

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

You might also be interested in:
VB304 - Art in the 1920s and 1930s: Western art between the wars.

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Course Code: VB809

Wed, day, 03 Jun - 01 Jul '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00

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