Art in South and Central America
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB583
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
This brief survey of the Art of South America traces the history of the art and culture through the indigenous empires of the Olmec, Maya and Inca to the art of modern and contemporary Latinx artists like Frida Kahlo, Ana Mendieta, Lygia Clark and Guillermo Gómez-Peña. The course begins by piecing together what we know about the Pre-Colombian cultures that have been buried by time and dissolved by colonial powers. It continues with an introduction to the indigenous arts of Central and South America with focus on architecture and sculpture and its relationship to religious ritual and political power.
We will examine the impact of European colonisation and how it forever changes the art and culture of the region. In the last sessions of the course we look at the concept of post-colonialism and how it inspires modern and contemporary artists to explore the meaning of cultural identity. The purpose of the course is to develop a foundational knowledge of this complex and fascinating area of the world to inspire further study into South American 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?
• Archaeology and piecing together a Pre-Colombian history
• The great Pre-Colombian empires: Olmec, Maya and Inca
• Colonial impact, the Catholic Church and the Aztec
• Cultural and Artistic Revolutions: Mexico and Brazil
• Post-colonialism and contemporary Latinx art.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Describe the style and general subject matter of one at least one of the major Latinx artists covered in the course
• Discuss the visual characteristics of the major art styles from Pre-Columbian and South American cultures covered in the course
• Explain what post-colonialism is.
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, group discussions and some art historical readings. 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 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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Sarah Jaffray received her BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in French Modernism and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London to be with her family. For the past three years she has worked as an educator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum and at Wellcome Collection. Her interests include Modernism, drawing, artistic process, collaboration, cultural theory, and the intersection of art and technology. She is currently researching the relationship of language and drawing.
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.