Innovation, Revolt and the start of Abstract Art - Art Appreciation (C)**Course Fully Booked - Call 01825 761820 for Alternative Courses** **Course Closed** (UC09G12C)


When? Tuesday, 10:00am - 12:00pm from 14th January 2020 until 24th March 2020 for 10 weeks.

There are no classes on 18th February (Half Term) 24th March
Where? The Barn Centre, Church Lane, Newick,, BN8 4JX.
How much does it cost? The full fee is £161.00.

How to enrol?

You can enrol by phoning ACRES' House on 01825 761820 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10 am and 3 pm. Alternatively, to register your interest in a course please email with the course title and your contact details and a member of the team will call you back to enrol you on your chosen course.

Course overview

Continuing on from the Impressionists' focus on spontaneity and direct observations of nature and everyday life, artists at the turn of the 20th Century took art further with a refusal of all inherited conventions. With bold use of blocks of colour, flattening of space and the dislocations of multiple viewpoints which evolved into Cubism and the start of Abstract Art, a momentous and radical shift took place that was to be hugely influential. This will be a journey of discovery that Maya will take you on as you study works of art that changed the history of art. This is a continuation of the course that started in the Autumn Term. Please contact the ACRES office to enquire about spaces if you have not previously enrolled on this course.

What you already need to know

No particular prior knowledge is needed just an enthusiasm for the subject. This is a continuation of a course that started in September 2019 but you do not need to have attended a previous course as each topic will be studied independently.

What you will learn

Together we examine works by Cezanne, Picasso, Matisse and others and discover how the use of colour and form become fragmented in a profound reaction against naturalist styles in pursuit of a new art that can be said to be the beginnings of modern art.

How you will learn it

Through use of art, presentations and literature, Maya will guide you to look deeper into works of art and explore the history, social and cultural context that played a part in the development of these movements.
However, it is through interaction, discussion and activities that you will truly be able to discover your own response to these truly remarkable artworks.

What do I need to bring to the first session?

A curiosity to find out more.
A pen and paper (or electronic equivalent) for optional note taking.

How much extra study or practice is involved?

Additional information will be provided should you wish to pursue the subject outside the classroom.

What do previous students say?

Maya is a new tutor at ACRES, she studied History of Art at St Andrews University - Western Art spanning the eras from the Byzantine to the Contemporary and specialised in 20th Century art. She has been teaching GCSE and A Level students how to respond and analyse form, style, techniques and meaning through the investigation of various artworks from across the globe and from different periods and also how they interrelate and influence each other. Maya believes that it is vital to view art through its social and cultural contexts, to recognise its significance and the value of its qualities in order to fully interpret and appreciate it. She is looking forward to sharing her passion with adult learners.

What are the next steps within this subject with ACRES?

The course will continue at the same time and place from 21st April. Look out for the ACRES' Summer brochure to find out more.

What are the future steps beyond ACRES?

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How can I get further information about these?

Please visit our website at, see our brochure, or alternatively contact a member of the team on 01825 761820.