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Reflective Art in Practice: The Modern British Landscape

This module will examine the birth of Modernism and its relationship to landscape in British art.

‘Modernism refers to the broad movement in Western arts and literature that gathered pace from around 1850, and is characterised by a deliberate rejection of the styles of the past; emphasising instead innovation and experimentation in forms, materials and techniques in order to create artworks that better reflected modern society’ (Tate definition).

We will look at the changing social/ art historical context from late 19th Century to 21st Century and the impact on artists, each of whom bring their own agenda to the topic. During this module, you will explore the evolution of modern British landscape art from JMW Turner to Kurt Jackson.

Practical exercises will be undertaken in class using drawing materials, paint and collage, with personal references as a starting point.

This module combines lectures, a seminar component (discussions and analysis of artworks) and a workshop element. The latter (one and a half hour per two hour session) will explore various artistic styles and practical techniques in drawing, painting and mixed media.

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Course Code: RALLLT1

Course Dates: an 8-week course: Tuesday 11 October 2016 - Tuesday 29 November 2016 (19.00 to 21.00)

Course Leader: Abi Kremer


The Modern British Landscape


• The nature of Modern British Landscape

• John Constable

• Samuel Palmer

• John Ruskin

Part 2 – Workshop: Drawing in pencil

19th Century Colourists

Part 1 – Looking at light

• Holman Hunt

• JMW Turner

• James McNeil Whistler

Part 2- Workshop: Pastel

The Camden Town Group

Part 1 – Developing visual language

• Malcolm Drummond

• Spencer Gore

• Robert Bevan

Part 2 – Workshop: Acrylic


Part 1 - Path to abstraction

• Graham Sutherland

• Paul Nash

• John Piper

Part 2 – Workshop: Watercolour and mixed media

The Cubist landscape

Part 1 – Geometry and Modernism

• Christopher Nevinson

• Wyndham Lewis

• Ben Nicholson

Part 2 – Workshop: Charcoal and pen

The Surrealist Landscape

Part 1 – The Dream World

• Paul Nash

• John Tunnard

• Edward Wadsworth

Part 2- Workshop: Collage

Abstract Expressionism

Part1 – The Influence of America

• Ivon Hitchens

• Gillian Ayres

• The Art of St Ives: Peter Lanyon

Part 2- Workshop: Acrylic

Contemporary British Landscape Art

Part1 – Current Trends

• Howard Hodgkin

• Bridget Riley

• Kurt Jackson

Part 2- Workshop: Mixed Media


Please note that your course will only run if it receives a sufficient number of bookings . This will be confirmed closer to the start date of the course. If your course is cancelled due to insufficient booking numbers, you will receive a full refund. Please note that the booking/payment confirmation that you receive should not be taken as a guarantee that the course will run. This confirmation will be sent to you separately once it has been established that the course will go ahead.



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Key texts: ‘The Shock of the New’ by Robert Hughes

‘The Story of Modern Art’ by Norbert Lynton

Websites: The National Gallery


Southampton City Art Gallery



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