What is the course about?
Hopper’s is a very idiosyncratic art, focused on the empty space and the incidental. This one-day course will explore meaning in his painting through the context of America’s tumultuous Depression-era history and within a broader frame of artistic activity, particularly the variety of Realisms, practiced at this time.
What previous students liked most about their course: .
“Very comprehensive and inspiring!”
“I was familiar with reproductions of Hopper’s work, but was interested to learn his biography, the context of his work, and political/historical events.”
“Very good tutor, knowledgeable and organised. Highly enjoyable.”
What will we cover?
- The stylistic and content development of Hopper’s painting
- American movements including the Ashcan School, Social Realism, Regionalism and American Scene painting
- America’s social and political history during the inter-war period.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify the style and content of American Scene painting
- Differentiate between forms of Realism practiced by Hopper and his contemporaries
- Explain Hopper’s relationship with early twentieth-century American art movements
- Describe Hopper’s art within its social, cultural and political context.
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 a short lecture, slides, and discussions.
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?
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