Expressionism: Creative Impulse and Emotional Experience - Art Appreciation - CANCELLED (UC09Z04A)


When? Tuesday, 10:00am - 12:00pm from 29th September 2020 until 8th December 2020 for 10 weeks.

There are no classes on 27th October (Half Term)
Where? This is an online course.
How much does it cost? The full fee is £172.00.

Please see additional cost information below
Course fees over £127 can be paid in one single payment at enrolment or in instalments by Standing Order. Please contact the office for details.

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

We will explore Expressionist art with a focus on the works of three groups that developed in Germany at the start of the 20th Century, Die Brucke, Der Blaue Reiter and Neue Sachlichkeit. These artists sought to oppose the established social order and move further away from the accepted conventions in art by expressing profound emotional experience through their art. We will be looking at the social and historical context in which these movements were born and the pre-war and post-war period in Europe that led these artists to seek first the depiction of authentic emotion through heightened colour and simplified form through to adapting the new art form to highlight social injustice and political hypocrisy.

What you already need to know

No particular prior knowledge is needed just an enthusiasm for the subject.

What you will learn

We will be looking at the origins of Expressionism through artists such as Van Gogh and Munch. We will explore the radical simplification of form and use of vivid colours to reflect subjective experience in works by artists like Franz Marc, Wassily Kandinsky and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. We will also investigate the new role of the artist to expose the corruption and decay of society in the Weimar Republic in works by artists such as Otto Dix and George Grosz. Through surveying the history and the artists, discussing the artworks and their significance, we will examine how these artists came to reconcile the opposing concerns of intellect and emotion.

How you will learn it

This is an online course taught in real-time by the ACRES tutor, Maya Lee. You will learn directly from Maya as well as through art, presentations, literature and other online resources. You will be guided 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. And through discussions, you will truly be able to discover your own response to these remarkable artworks.

What do I need to bring to the first session?

ACRES' online courses will be taught in real time using the video platform Google Meet, supported by other online resources. To ensure you get the most out of the course and can fully participate in the sessions you will interact with your tutor and other students through speaking, listening and the chat function, as well as being able to see each other via the video links, though you can turn off your camera and microphone at any time.

You will therefore need to have access to either a laptop, computer or portable device (eg tablet or phone) (this ideally needs to be less than 5 years old), with a camera / webcam and microphone, as well as a good broadband / Wi-Fi connection.

Though it is not essential, you may choose to create a separate email account for your online learning (preferably Gmail which is most compatible with Google Meet). This will give you the added security to allow you to share your email address with your tutor and other students on the course to enhance your learning experience, without disclosing your personal information.

At the start of the course and before each lesson your tutor will send you an invitation with a link to join the class and any further information including resources and equipment you will need for the lesson.

Materials and items you will need to do the course

How much extra study or practice is involved?

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

What do previous students say?

"Maya is an excellent teacher, I have enjoyed every single lesson."
"Such an interesting subject and Maya breaks it down so that we can discuss each aspect thoroughly. I feel that I have learnt a lot."
"I am looking forward to the next course."

Maya studied History of Art at the University of St Andrews - 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 enjoying sharing her passion with adult learners.

What are the next steps within this subject with ACRES?

You may be interested in taking further courses with Maya Lee

17th Century Baroque - Southern Europe
12th January - 23rd March 2021
Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00
Duration 10 weeks
Cost £172

17th Century Baroque - Northern Europe
20th April - 29th June 2021
Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00
Duration 10 weeks
Cost £172

What are the future steps beyond ACRES?

Find out about other courses with the National Careers Service for opportunities to extend your skills and knowledge.

How can I get further information about these?

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