Focus on: Degas

Course Dates: 07/05/22 - 14/05/22
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
Explore Degas’s extraordinary legacy as ‘one of the founders of Impressionism’. His dynamic paintings and sketches of everyday life and activities, and his bold colour experiments will be examined throughout this informative weekend art history course.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00

Course Code: VB841

Sat, day, 07 May - 14 May '22

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Edgar Degas is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism. He was a superb draftsman, and particularly masterly in depicting movement – one can think of his dancers, racecourse subjects and female nudes. This one-day course will examine how Degas changed the course of painting by applying the traditional methods of history and academic painting to contemporary subject matter – the painting of modern life.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• Degas’s life and influences
• Key works such as ‘The Dance Class’, and ‘A Woman Seated beside a Vase of Flowers’
• Degas’s use of material and technical mastery
• The places, people and society that informed the Impressionist movement.

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

• Be able to situate Degas’s work within its social and cultural context
• Describe Degas’s style and use of materials
• Describe the artist’s contribution to Impressionism.

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 online with 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 buy a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.

Sarah Jaffray

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.