Art in the 1920s and 1930s: Western art between the wars

Course Dates: 08/11/18 - 06/12/18
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Sarah Jaffray

Discover how art in Europe and America between the wars reacted to the culture of the times. Explore the experimental world of Surrealism, political art and abstract art. #arthistory #modernart #twentiethcenturyart.


What is the course about?

After the First World War, artists responded to the massive changes wrought, in a wide variety of ways: from the Freudian inspired visions of the Surrealists, the geometric abstract art of Russia and de Stijl, and the realist styles in Germany and America.
Find out how politics and propaganda played a part in the realist art movements in the US as well as Eastern Europe while other artists moved closer to abstraction.

What will we cover?

- Setting the scene: the interwar period
- Dada and Surrealism
- German New Objectivity
- Soviet Constructivism
- De Stijl
- American and Socialist Realism.

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

• Identify and describe the work of one artist from each style of this period
• Describe one way in which art responded to each political situation in selected countries between the wars
• Compare and contrast the development of abstraction and realism in painting at this time.

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

The course is open to all. No prior knowledge is required other than a general interest in art and design.
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 short lectures, discussions, and guided tasks.

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.

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

You might be interested in:

VB 809- Art in the 1920s and 1930s: architecture and design

Which follows on from this course.

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Course Code: VB304

Thu, eve, 08 Nov - 06 Dec '18

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £103.00
Concession: £79.00
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