Modern art: movements 1900-1950

Course Dates: 16/01/24 - 26/03/24
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Online
Explore art and culture in the early 20th century, focussing on the major developments and movements in art including Cubism, Abstraction, Dada and Surrealism and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Modern art: movements 1900-1950
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  • Course Code: VB141
  • Dates: 16/01/24 - 26/03/24
  • Time: 14:00 - 16:00
  • Taught: Tue, Daytime
  • Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Elizabeth Eyres

Course Code: VB141

Started Tue, day, 16 Jan - 26 Mar '24

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course explores the major art movements in Western art from 1900 to around 1950, considering the impact of the world wars, the changing roles of artists and patrons, psychology and other contributing factors.

We follow a broadly chronological survey of the major phases in modern art in this period, including Fauvism, Cubism and the road to abstraction, Futurist and Vorticist painting and sculpture, pre- and post-war Expressionism in Europe; Dada and Surrealism across Europe and in New York, the Soviet Avant-Garde, Socialist Realism and American Realism and the road to Abstract Expressionism.

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?

Modern art movements in the early 20th century including:
- Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism and Vorticism
- Pre- and post-war Expressionism in Europe
- Dada and Surrealism across Europe and in New York
- The Soviet Avant-Garde
- Socialist Realism and American Realism
- Abstract Expressionism.

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

- Recognise different styles/types of modern art
- Describe works of modern art and express an informed personal response
- Describe the shift to abstract art
- Demonstrate an understanding of the socio-cultural contexts for modern art.

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 as well as basic functions of Zoom, specifically microphone and camera.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught by lecture with slide images and you will be invited to participate in group discussion. There will be handouts provided by your tutor; these handouts will be available digitally via a Google Classroom. You will be invited to join the Google Classroom within a week of your course start date.

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?

You may like to take the other courses in this series on modern art:
Modern art: movements 1850-1900
Modern art: movements 1950 to the contemporary.

Elizabeth Eyres

Liz Keevill Eyres worked as a textile designer in the fashion industry for four years and then as a magazine journalist specializing in interior design for 13 years. Her first degree was at Camberwell School of Art which she did at the same time as completing a degree in History and Art History with the Open University. Liz studied and has taught at Kingston University, where she lead modules and lectured in history of art, design history and architecture for ten years and ran study visits both at home and abroad. Liz has researched into English Modernist textile design of the 1950s and the professional practice of the provincial Edwardian architect, in particular Norwich-based architect George Skipper.

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.