The Bloomsbury Group - art & design

Course Dates: 28/02/23 - 28/03/23
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: Online
They lived in squares and loved in triangles. Discover the art and influence of the Bloomsbury Group, through the work of their key artists: Vanessa Bell, Roger Fry and Duncan Grant.
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 £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00

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Course Code: VB305

Finished Tue, day, 28 Feb - 28 Mar '23

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The Bloomsbury Group was notorious for its complicated relationships but these should not overshadow its contributions to the development of modern art in Britain. This course celebrates the group’s achievements in art and its artistic legacy, looking at the impact of Roger Fry’s Post-Impressionist exhibitions, the Omega Workshops, Charleston, Bell and Grant’s innovations in painting, including their forays into abstraction, and also their work as designers. We will also consider the group’s influence on the art world of the interwar period through its social networks, its art criticism, and its involvement in the founding of organisations such as the Contemporary Art Society and the London Artists’ Association.

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?

• The origins of the Bloomsbury Group
• Key figures and key works by Vanessa Bell, Roger Fry and Duncan Grant
• The Omega Workshops and Bloomsbury design
• Bloomsbury’s social networks and their influence on the British art world in the early twentieth century.

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

• Describe how the Bloomsbury Group came into being
• Discuss the key artists in the Bloomsbury Group and give examples of their artworks
• Give three examples of how the Bloomsbury Group influenced the artworld of their time through their social networks.

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 and instructions on the basic elements of Zoom software, like usage of microphone and camera.

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.
Before the course begins, you will be sent an email inviting you to join the course’s Google Classroom where the course documents will be stored.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?


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

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• VB539/VB723 - Art in Britain 1918-1945 - the Interwar years and WWII
• VB550 - Art in Britain 1950-2000 - 'This is Tomorrow' (Part 1)
• VB655 - Art in Britain 1950-2000 – 'This is Tomorrow' (part 2)
• VB519 - Curating and collecting contemporary art in the UK.

Julia Musgrave Tutor Website

Julia Musgrave got her first degree in Chemical Engineering and went on become a Chartered Information Systems Engineer and IT project manager. In 2008 she decided that life was too short for just one career and decided to become an art historian. She has a Graduate Diploma in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and an MLitt in ‘Art, Style and Design: Renaissance to Modernism, c.1450 – c.1930’ from the University of Glasgow. She gained her Ph.D. at the University of York for her research into the involvement of Roger Fry and the Bloomsbury Group and the social networks of the British art world in the development of the Contemporary Art Society from 1910 to 1939. She is Co-Director of the London Art Salon and an accredited Arts Society lecturer.

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.