Art history taster

Course Dates: 29/03/17
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Ever wondered what art history is but don’t want to commit to a whole course? Try this taster session and explore a couple of paintings in depth.


What is the course about?

We will explore a couple of paintings in the National Gallery’s collection, looking at the context in which they were made, the artist who made them, and how to analyse their symbolism to unravel their meaning. You will also have the opportunity to ask individually about art history courses offered by the City Lit and to discuss opportunities for further study.

What previous students liked most about this course:
“Will be interested in focus days and day study trips next year. Enjoyed the teaching style.”

“Lively presentation.”

“This was a very useful introduction to Art History for me. I would love to start a longer beginner’s course in this subject very soon.”


What will we cover?

- Introduction to the City Lit’s on and offsite courses
- What is art history?
- Analysing a painting in depth
- Further study.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Have a clear understanding of what an art history course at the City Lit entails
- Appreciate what art history entails
- Recognise and understand a couple of paintings in depth
- Have an awareness of further possible study in art history at the City Lit and, where applicable, a tailored art history programme.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for all levels.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with a slide lecture, group and individual discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You may wish to bring a notebook.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Course Code: VB481

Full Wed, eve, 29 Mar - 29 Mar '17

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £29.00
Senior fee: £23.00
Concession: £18.00
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