Art and environment in Ice Age Europe

Course Dates: 12/01/23 - 09/02/23
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: Online
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Discover the artistic treasures of our most remote past, when our ancestors in the Ice Age created beautiful cave paintings and astounding sculpted works.
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 £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00

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Course Code: VB793

Started Thu, day, 12 Jan - 09 Feb '23

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

When thinking back to the earliest stages of European prehistory, art is not often the first aspect that comes to mind. Our prehistoric ancestors, however, have left behind a rich record of visual artistic expression, from the painted caves of Atlantic Europe to the beautiful sculpted Venuses of the Danubian basin, via a vast treasure trove of portable art. In this course, we will explore the art of the European Ice Age (1.2m – 12,000 years ago), focusing our attention on how the often hostile environment of Upper Palaeolithic Europe impacted the ideation, production, fruition and conservation of this heritage.

We will look at what materials were available during the glacial period and the techniques deployed to produce art; how the landscape and fauna of the time influenced the imagery conveyed in the visual expressions of those human groups; how art was enjoyed and how the skills necessary to create it were transmitted; finally, we will investigate how the same environment that made that art possible has allowed it to be preserved to this day.

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?

-Timeline and environmental characteristics of the Ice Age in Europe (1.2m-12,000 Years ago);
-Materials available to prehistoric artists, their variation according to the environment and the sourcing techniques used;
-Forms of prehistoric artistic expression (painting, sculpture and personal ornamentation) and the techniques for their execution.

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

By the end of this course you should be able to:
Demonstrate a summary knowledge of the Ice Age chronology and environmental characteristics;
By the end of this course you should be able to:

-Demonstrate a summary knowledge of the Ice Age chronology and environmental characteristic;
-Distinguish between the different forms of prehistoric artistic expression;
-Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of Upper Palaeolithic environmental phenomena on the artistic production of early human groups.

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 an understanding of how to operate basics of Zoom microphone and camera.

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

You will be taught with lecture, slide presentations and will be invited to participate in class discussion. There will be homework in this course in the form of reading art historical texts and art criticism and looking at artworks in-depth. Homework is highly recommended to make the most of the course subject matter.

You will be invited to join a Google Classroom to supplement the course where documents will be shared and stored. You will receive an invitation to join this Google Classroom within a week of the course start date.

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 given out in class.

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

Representing nature in early modern Europe
Art and critical theory: rethinking 'nature'
Art and environmental politics.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.