Asian art: cultural synergies in the Indian subcontinent

Course Dates: 13/04/21 - 25/05/21
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: Online
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Discover the fascinating world of Indian and Islamic art and the cross-cultural links not only between neighbouring countries but also with the art of Europe.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: VB429

Started Tue, day, 13 Apr - 25 May '21

Duration: 7 sessions (over 7 weeks)

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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.

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 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?

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.
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 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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VB601 - Focus on: the artist workshops of early Mughal and Rajput India
VB637 - The Arts of the Book in the Islamic World
VB635 - Focus on: Mughal court fashion in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Anita Chowdry

Anita Chowdry is a London based visual artist, educator and researcher. Her particular interest is in the arts of the Islamic World and South Asia, and the materials and processes that went into them. She has an M.A. in Art and Science from Central Saint Martin’s UAL, and is currently engaged in the codicological study of a group of 15th Century Turcoman manuscripts at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Anita has over 30 years’ experience teaching art and process to adults and professional groups, covering major institutions in the UK and abroad.

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.