Classical art, myths and legends
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
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: VB664
Duration: 8 sessions (over 9 weeks)
What is the course about?
On this art history course you will learn how to recognise important myths and legends and the main heroes, gods and monsters popular in classical, renaissance and early modern art. Discover how symbols and attributes help us recognise famous myths and legends and identify their main characters. Explore and consider the multi-layered role and meaning of myths and legends in classical art and society and discuss their continuing popularity in western culture.
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?
-How to recognize important myths and legends in classical art.
-Introduction to main gods and heroes and their common symbols and attributes in classical art.
-The role and function of myths and legends in classical art.
-The reception and popularity of classical myths and legends in post classical era.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify several of the main myths and legends that appear in classical art
- Recognise the attributes and symbols of at least five main gods and heroes
- Describe the role of myths and legends in classical art
- Participate in discussions around the reception and popularity of classical myths and legends in the post classical era.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to all. No prior knowledge is required other than a general interest in art and design.
You should be able to follow written and verbal instructions, 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 buy a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might want to follow up this course with the gallery-based:
VB447 - Gods and heroes from Classical to Renaissance art.
Julia Musgrave got her first degree in Chemical Engineering and went on become a Chartered Information Systems Engineer and IT project manager. In 2008 she decided that life was too short for just one career and decided to become an art historian. She has a Graduate Diploma in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and an MLitt in ‘Art, Style and Design: Renaissance to Modernism, c.1450 – c.1930’ from the University of Glasgow. She gained her Ph.D. at the University of York for her research into the involvement of Roger Fry and the Bloomsbury Group and the social networks of the British art world in the development of the Contemporary Art Society from 1910 to 1939. She is Co-Director of the London Art Salon and an accredited Arts Society lecturer.
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.