In depth: German art and the Weimar Republic 1918-1933

Course Dates: 16/09/20 - 28/10/20
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: Online

Focusing on the vibrant culture of the Weimar Republic, this course considers the variety of German artistic movements which emerged between the two world wars.

This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.


What is the course about?

In this online art history course we will look at a short but important period in art history, starting from the aftermath of the First World War, and then stepping into the Berlin music halls of the 1920s and the modernist Bauhaus School of Art. We will explore the lives and works of artists such as Otto Dix, Kathe Kollwitz, George Grosz, Kurt Schwitters and Paul Klee, as well as movements such as Dada, Surrealism and New Objectivity.
We will also consider the emergence of new artistic forms such as film and photography including the work of August Sander and Fritz Lang, and the ideas of writers such as Walter Benjamin. Finally we will review the conditions which created such diverse artistic culture as well as the rise of Nazism which ended it so abruptly.
This course is structured around lectures and class discussions exploring relevant concepts and historical questions.

This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• Key artworks and artists during the Weimar Republic
• The development of movements such as Dada, Surrealism and New Objectivity
• Key institutions and places such as the Bauhaus School and Berlin
• The relationship of art and artists to the cultural and social contexts of the period.

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

• Have better awareness of the key artistic movements of Weimar Republic Germany
• Have a better understanding of the importance and influence of new art forms on the wider cultural landscape of the 20th century
• Show a greater knowledge of the key artists, themes and developments of the period.

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 books to support your learning, but this is not a requirement. You might wish to buy a notebook.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You might also be interested in:
VB475 - 20th century German art.


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Excellent and inspiring tutor who taught a complex subject with clarity
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 15/11/2019)
This course provides an exciting glimpse into a lost world. It explores the dynamic artistic movements that emerged in Germany in the context of the disastrous defeat in World War One.
Delivered with erudition and wit, enabling difficult ideas to be easily digested.
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Review by Stan Moorcroft / (Posted on 06/11/2019)
fantasic tutor with amazing skills to make concepts understood
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 01/11/2019)
This course is excellent and I would highly recommend it. I learnt a great deal more than I expected to, in an informative and enjoyable way.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 30/10/2019)
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Review by anonymous / (Posted on 24/03/2019)
Take it it is very stimulating
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 21/03/2019)
Definitely take it! This course will give you a full in-depth and detailed account of what it was like in Germany during this persiod, the artists working at the time and why their art works look like they do.
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Review by Steve Cahill / (Posted on 20/03/2019)
Tutor Biographies
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.

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Course Code: VB426

Full Wed, day, 16 Sep - 28 Oct '20

Duration: 7 sessions (over 7 weeks)

Full fee: £169.00
Senior fee: £135.00
Concession: £103.00

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