Art in the 1920s and 1930s: Western art between the wars
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VB304
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
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?
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 lecture. slide presentations and group discussions. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download, not printed out for you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to purchase a notebook for taking notes. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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VB809 - Art in the 1920s and 1930s: architecture and design.
Sarah Jaffray received her BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in French Modernism and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London to be with her family. For the past three years she has worked as an educator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum and at Wellcome Collection. Her interests include Modernism, drawing, artistic process, collaboration, cultural theory, and the intersection of art and technology. She is currently researching the relationship of language and drawing.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.