What is the course about?
This course is about gaining the confidence to make the first steps as a collector – taught by an enthusiastic collector who understands both media and market.
The contemporary art market is booming, even ebay and Amazon are getting in on the act. No longer only the preserve of the wealthy, collecting has become affordable. People who once bought mass production prints from a department store are now buying originals. Are you possibly interested in buying but intimidated by galleries and nervous of online purchasing? Perhaps you have thought about starting a collection but you’re put off by jargon and are wary of the pitfalls.
What will we cover?
Understanding media: what is the difference between a limited edition lithograph and photolithography, what is photogravure. Know your woodcuts from your laser cuts, your silkscreens from your inkjets.
Buying online (buying unseen with confidence) , Buying direct from artists (open studios) Buying from galleries (assessing value/making an offer)
Primary and secondary markets
Commissioning from an artist
Buying from auction houses (Buyers premium and commission)
Making a collection (themes and styles)
Creating a hanging plan/judging scale
Maintaining/conserving a collection
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Have an understanding of art media and production methods – and the jargon
- Have an understanding of the current contemporary art marketplace: where to look, where to go
- Have the confidence to make a purchase/start a collection
-Have some understanding of how to care for your purchase(s).
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You do not need any particular skills to undertake this course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Talks, group discussions and hand outs. The course will aim to draw out and develop students personal interests whilst at the same time introducing new ideas.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a notebook and pens/pencils.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details