Extended history of modern art in 50 works

Course Dates: 04/05/22 - 13/07/22
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: Online
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Explore the history of modern art through objects and artworks in London galleries. Build a greater understanding of
modern art, its experiments and the cultural rebellions that mark the period.
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 £249.00 Senior fee £249.00 Concession £152.00

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Course Code: VB557

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Started Wed, eve, 04 May - 13 Jul '22

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

This course provides an introduction to modern art by looking at objects and artworks in London galleries. The period of modernism roughly aligns with the dates 1860-1970. This class begins with impressionism and works its way through various movements like cubism, surrealism, abstract expressionism and pop art. At its end, it strecthes into feminist art and into the contemporary to see how issues of modernism can be felt in the present.

We will explore how modern artists get us to redefine the concept of art and its purpose as site of critical thinking, sensation and perception. We do this through singular objects and artworks in museum spaces so we can get a sense of size, texture and physical impact. We also consider historical context; we discuss how these artworks were products of their time and how we perceive them now.

This course is delivered online. We will still be looking at artworks and objects based in galleries, but from the comfort of your own space!

This course can be studied alone or as a sequel to The History of Art in a 100 Paintings.

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?

-The history of Modern Art from 1860s to 1960s, moving us into themes of contemporary art
- Styles such as Fauvism, Cubism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Pop Art and so on
in paintings, sculptures, installations and so on through fifty key works
- The relationship between art and theory (colour theory, manifestos).

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

• Have a good understanding of the chronology of Modern Art from 1900 to the 1970s
• Recognise 50 key works in the history of Modern Art and be able to analyse them
• Have a good grasp of debates around art theory and practice.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The 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. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

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 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?

You might also be interested in:
VB849 - Contemporary art concepts
VB155 / VB156 / VB157 - Contemporary art in London.

Sarah Jaffray Tutor Website

Sarah Jaffray holds a BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in 19th/20th century France and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London in 2012. She has worked in curatorial roles at the British Museum and Wellcome Collection. In addition to her current teaching at City Lit, Sarah is a lecturer at the University of Arts London and the Tutor Coordinator for City Lit's Art History programme. Her art historical practice focuses on experimental narratives, artistic process, art pedagogy, politics and philosophy. Sarah's current research is focused on translation and empathy.

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.