What is the course about?
This course looks at Indian art and the Islamic art of the Middle East and examines what makes each region’s style recognisably unique whilst at the same time discovering what impact they had not only on each other but also on Western art. The spread of global trade brought both challenges and opportunities to each country and culture and this course also looks at how the spread of artistic styles was adopted, adapted and assimilated in different places at different times. We will uncover some surprising cross-cultural links that encompass the art of the ancient Greeks to American 20th Century architecture. We will also look at artistic techniques that the other cultures strove to emulate and how imitations became artistic genres in their own right. There will be at least one museum visit as part of the course.
What will we cover?
- The art of India, and Islam
- The artistic links between countries and cultures
- The impact of trade between East and West
- How specific techniques were emulated and developed.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify the main features of Indian, and Islamic art
- Describe artistic cross-cultural links between these and other countries and cultures
- Evaluate how trade played a part in disseminating artistic styles and techniques
- Participate in discussions about how specific techniques were emulated and developed.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to all. No prior knowledge of the subject is required other than a general interest in art and design.
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 short lectures, slide shows and discussions and at least one guided gallery visit.
You will be informed of which galleries and museums contain works relevant to the course which you can visit.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class. You might wish to bring a notebook with you.
Please note we are unable to guarantee stools in the rooms that we visit and you will have to stand and to walk between objects. You might wish to invest in a lightweight folding gallery stool.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
VB810 - Asian art: the Far East follows on from this course.
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