What is the course about?
Hopper’s is a very idiosyncratic art, focused on the empty space and the incidental. This 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?
The course is open to all. No prior knowledge is required other than a general interest in art and design
You should be able to follow written and verbal instructions, hand-outs and health and safety information and will be invited to take part in group discussion. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.
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?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at City Lit 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