Art evolutions: Pre-Raphaelites to Expressionism

Course Dates: 28/09/21 - 14/12/21
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Online
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Explore art and culture in the late 19th century, focussing on the major developments in modern art including the Pre-Raphaelites, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Symbolism, and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00

Course Code: VB140

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Tue, day, 28 Sep - 14 Dec '21

Duration: 11 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course explores the major art movements and critical theories which have influenced the making and reading of Western art since 1860. It will also consider the impact of photography, the influence of art from Africa, Japan and Oceania upon the European avant-gardes, and the changing metropolis.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

The course follows a broadly chronological survey of the major phases in modern art from 1860 to 1900. Topics covered include Realism, Courbet, French Academic art and the influences of photography; British art including the Pre-Raphalites and Victorian narrative painting; Manet, Impressionism in the city and in the landscape; Orientalism and the influences of Japanese art; and Post-Impressionism including Neo-Impressionism, Symbolism and the work of Gauguin, Cézanne, van Gogh, the Nabis, Munch, Whistler and Toulouse-Lautrec.

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

- Recognise different styles/types of modern art
- Describe works of modern art and express an informed personal response
- Demonstrate an understanding of the socio-cultural contexts for modern art.

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.
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; but 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 bring a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class, or visit some of the exhibitions recommended.

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

You may like to take the other courses in this series on modern art:
VB141/ VB816 - Art evolutions: Post-Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism
VB142 - Art evolutions: Pop to post-internet art.

Elizabeth Eyres

Liz Keevill Eyres worked as a textile designer in the fashion industry for four years and then as a magazine journalist specializing in interior design for 13 years. Her first degree was at Camberwell School of Art which she did at the same time as completing a degree in History and Art History with the Open University. Liz studied and has taught at Kingston University, where she lead modules and lectured in history of art, design history and architecture for ten years and ran study visits both at home and abroad. Liz has researched into English Modernist textile design of the 1950s and the professional practice of the provincial Edwardian architect, in particular Norwich-based architect George Skipper.

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.