From the late 1920s to the on-set of war Belsize Park/Hampstead was home to a number of artists who exhibited and often worked together. The critic Herbert Read called it ‘A gentle nest of artists’ - however, gentle they were not. Many of them were involved in the modernist exhibiting groups Seven and Five and Unit One. We will look at the connections between the artists, with in-coming refugee artists, politics and art movements of the time – and, of course, their work. Artists include: Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicolson, Frances Hodgkins, Ivon Hitchens and Naum Gabo.
By the end of the course you will
• Gain a familiarity with the artists and their work during this period.
• Be introduced to the central issues and themes of the period.
• Be introduced to the skills of visual analysis.
Class format and activities
• You will learn through PowerPoint lecture and class discussion.
• You will be encouraged to ask questions and make comments during class.
• Handouts will be provided, together with a bibliography
The two hours, offered online through 'Teams' or 'Zoom' will include slide presentations where your tutor will lead you in in a discussion on the possible meanings, purposes and histories of the works of art looked at. Observations, debate and further questions will be encouraged and materials will be shared by email. The class may divide up into "breakout" groups online to consider different aspects of the images. There will be a break midway for you to take refreshment.
Works by the artists chosen can be found in collections in London so that you will be able to examine them in person once lockdown restrictions have been lifted.
Constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor will help you succeed during the class.
No previous knowledge of art history is necessary.
You will need a good understanding of verbal English.
What you need to know before you enrol
This is an online course, offered during COVID-19 restrictions. Teaching materials will be delivered via email and an online system: 'Teams' or 'Zoom'. Instructions and support will be sent out before the course start date by your tutor via email.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What you will need
You will need access to the internet and a computer (desktop, laptop, tablet or iPad) that allows you to view images in a good size and quality. Your device will have a (built-in) microphone so you can join in discussions, and ideally have a camera so we can see each other in class. You will find it helpful to bring a paper and pen for making notes. You may also want to upload materials and links to share with your class.