A grand day out: Ashmolean and Christchurch Picture Gallery

Course Dates: 09/03/20
Time: 11:30 - 16:30
Location: OS - Off Site

Explore the permanent collections of paintings in Oxford's Ashmoleon Museum and Christchurch Picture Gallery on this one-day, location-based course.


What is the course about?

The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. Its world-famous, extraordinarily diverse collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, with objects dating from 8000 BC to the present day. Half of this day course will explore the Ashmolean's painting galleries looking at works from various periods to give an overview of the depth and breadth of the collection as well as looking at key works.
In the other half of the course we will explore the Christchurch Picture Gallery's display of Old Master paintings and drawings.

Please Note - as we cannot book tours too far in adavance and are not guaranteed access to either galleries (school groups take precedence) please do not book any train tickets until this course is CONFIRMED by your tutor.

What will we cover?

• An overview of the histories of the Ashmoleon Museum and Christchurch Picture Gallery
• Key paintings and other works of art in both collections.

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

• Describe the histories of the Ashmoleon Museum and Christchurch Picture Gallery
• Describe the key collections held by the galleries, listing at least one artwork in each.

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
Please note: At present the Picture Gallery is not accessible to wheelchair users, as it is reached by a narrow flight of steps, with further level changes and narrow corners within the listed gallery building.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

he course will be taught with a mixture of guided gallery visits, group discussion and short group activities. Handouts will be e-mailed to you by your tutor after the course.
Please note we are unable to guarantee stools in the rooms that we visit so you might have to stand and to walk between objects.
The Ashmoleon Museum and Christchurch Picture Gallery are roughly 20 minutes walk apart - please wear confonfortable shoes.
Christchurch Picture Gallery does not have any locker, so please travel light.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Students will need to organise travel to Cambridge independently, as these costs are not included.
You may wish to bring a notebook.
Please note we are unable to guarantee stools in the rooms that we visit so you might have to stand and to walk between objects.
Entrance to the Ashmolean Museum is free. Entrance to the Christchurch Picture Gallery costs Adults - £4.00; Concessions - £2.00 and is free for members of the University and National Art Pass holders.

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

You might also be interested in:
VB803 - A grand day out: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

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Tutor Biographies
Julia Musgrave Tutor Website

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 is currently working towards her Ph.D. at the University of York where she is researching the development of the Contemporary Art Society from 1910 to 1937. She is Art History course co-ordinator at City Lit, 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.

Book your place

Course Code: VB805

Mon, day, 09 Mar - 09 Mar '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £55.00
Concession: £42.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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