Art and science
Time: 13:45 - 15:45
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB857
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
Art and science are seen as polar opposites, one subjective and the other objective. This class will blur these cultural divides. We will discuss science as a method of creative expression and art as a method of inquiry. From Leonardo da Vinci to the Surrealists, Galileo to Einstein we will gain understanding of the commonalities of visual thinking inherent to both disciplines.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• Inventing the world: Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo
• Enlightenment thinking: Female artists observing, male artists dissecting
• Seeing is believing: Optics, perception and motion: photography, impressionism and pointillism
• Uncertainty is reality: Einstein and Freud, Cubism and Surrealism
• Visual art as understanding scientific complexities.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Give examples of two art movements/artists where their art reflects the scientific thinking of their era
• Describe three key artworks that reflect scientific thinking
• Explain how at least one scientist discussed in the course has expressed their theories through visual art.
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.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught online with slide presentations and group discussions. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download, not printed out for you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to purchase a notebook for taking notes. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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VB866 - Focus on: Art and Medicine
VB620 - Focus on: Leonardo da Vinci.
Sarah Jaffray received her BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in French Modernism and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London to be with her family. For the past three years she has worked as an educator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum and at Wellcome Collection. Her interests include Modernism, drawing, artistic process, collaboration, cultural theory, and the intersection of art and technology. She is currently researching the relationship of language and drawing.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.