Art History

Modernism   In this course we shall study one of the greatest of all artistic styles, Modernism. Inspired by the extraordinary technological developments of the turn of the century, changes that were transforming every area of life, it was based on a conscious rejection of tradition and a determination to create new, more suitable, ways of representing the world. It flourished in Europe and the USA in the first half of the 20th c., the age of the two World Wars and their aftermaths -the Cold War- or preliminaries, the Spanish Civil War, and a time in which people of many different persuasions - and in many different ways - set out to create a better world, a Utopia, for mankind. We shall examine the work of the iconic artists, of people like Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock, Salvador Dali and Otto Dix, and we shall be covering all the man movements, from Fauvism to Pop Art. We shall be exploring Modern architecture and sculpture as well as painting. But special attention will be paid to the story of British art during these years, of how British artists both participated in and rejected Modernism, and to the remarkable contribution women made at this time. I am thinking of Kathe Kollwitz, the great German Expressionist, Frida Kahlo, the Mexican Surrealist, and the Pop artist, Pauline Boty. This is a style of big personalities, extraordinary inventiveness and wonderfully arresting art. Come along and get to grips with the exciting world of Modernism! Later on in the year we shall do something completely different, namely, a course on various great artistic centres through the ages. Included will be London and Paris, of course, but also Berlin, Barcelona and Rome. Hopefully This will inspire you to take a holiday! Optional, Saturday, jaunt to places of interest may be organised  

Learning Outcomes

This course will give you the opportunity to:   ·Learn to analyse architecture, sculpture and paintings ·Discover lots about various key artists and their works ·Understand a crucial period of World History ·Discover some great artistic centres in Europe  

Your Tutor

Dr Chris Welander studied History at Oxford University and has a postgraduate degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art. He is currently teaching History at Hills Road Sixth Form College.


Tuition fees: £110.00
Materials Costs: £0.00
Total Cost: £110.00


No. of sessions: 10

Day Date Times
Mon 16/01/2017 19:00-21:00
Mon 23/01/2017 19:00-21:00
Mon 30/01/2017 19:00-21:00
Mon 06/02/2017 19:00-21:00
Mon 20/02/2017 19:00-21:00
Mon 27/02/2017 19:00-21:00
Mon 06/03/2017 19:00-21:00
Mon 13/03/2017 19:00-21:00
Mon 20/03/2017 19:00-21:00
Thu 30/03/2017 19:00-21:00

Your next step

Pay by credit or debit card over the telephone. Please call the Adult Education Office on 01223 278002 Monday to Thursday 9am to 7pm and Friday 9am to 4pm during term time and Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm out of term time.

Pay by cheque, made payable to Hills Road Sixth Form College. Please send you cheque together with a completed enrolment form, which you can find by clicking on ‘How to Enrol’ on the left hand side, to the Adult Education Office, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PE. Please enclose a SAE if you require a receipt.

Please note full refunds can only be made if a class is cancelled or closed at the discretion of the College, or if you cancel your enrolment no less than two weeks before the course starts.