Evening & Saturday CoursesVisual Studies

Art History – An Introduction

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance” – Aristotle

Paul Cézanne and 20th Century Art Movements

This informal course, open to all-comers, will guide you in the ways of achieving more knowledge and understanding of artworks through the study of the various concepts, contexts and styles that combine, along with other influences and inspirations, in the creation of a work of art.

Paul Cézanne was one of the most influential artists in the history of twentieth-century painting.

His unique and inspirational painting formed a bridge between the art of the late 19th Century and the ‘modern’ art of the 20th Century, and was considered by many artists, such as Matisse and Picasso as ‘The father of us all.’

He took a significant change in direction from Impressionism and was instrumental in changing the way artists looked at form, colour, light and line, which made a significant impact on nearly every radical phase of 20th century art. This includes movements such as, Cubism, Futurism, Expressionism, Vorticism, Constructivism, Suprematism, through to Abstract Expressionism and beyond.

We will be taking a look at the work of other various artists such as Marinetti, Boccioni, Kirchner, Nolde, Kandinsky, Pollock, de Kooning and Rothko, with a view to taking our future studies at the Arts University into these and other 20th Century movements and artists.

Students will question, analyse and debate many fascinating artworks in a relaxed and enjoyable setting, making full use of the Art University Bournemouth’s extensive library for our research.

This course will form a basis, not only for your own research and pleasure, but also into future Art History courses when we will delve further into the wonderful world of art, which reflects and documents so much of our history and life


Notepad and pen or tablet device if preferred.


Spring Term

  • Saturday 4th & 18th Feb, 4th & 18th March, 1st April 2017

Class size

Maximum 16 students

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