What is the course about?
Surrealism is one of the most varied and influential art movements of the 20th century. For this one-day course we will investigate how the movement was born from the context of Post-World War I Paris through the experimentations of its founder and self-proclaimed ‘Pope’, André Breton, and how its theories were inspirational for painters, filmmakers, photographers and sculptors for decades. We will look at a variety of artists impacted by Surrealism including, but not limited to, Man Ray, Luis Buñuel, Dora Maar, René Magritte, Jackson Pollock, Lee Miller and Pablo Picasso. Part of the course will also approach the movement with a critical eye in terms of gender and sexuality.
What will we cover?
- What is Surrealism and how are its theories related to its cultural context
- How individual artists use and interpret Surrealist theory and practice
- The importance of photography and Surrealism
- Gender and sexuality in Surrealism, the female body and the Freudian fetish
- Exhibition practice of Surrealism, the immersive experience.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Describe, in general, the key elements of Surrealist art and theory
- Describe the artwork of at least three Surrealist artists and how it reflects Surrealist thought
- Discuss at least one way in which contemporary political or intellectual movements might have impacted the creation of Surrealism.
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 one guided activity.
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?
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VB837 - Focus on: Salvador Dalí
VB813 - In depth: revolutionary art in the 20th century
VB490 - Focus on: Picasso
VB826 - Duchamp & Dada: from the readymade to contemporary 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