What is the course about?
The story of Van Gogh’s life and the emotional response that his art engenders have made him one of the most celebrated artists in history. His innovative approach and experimentation with different styles and subject matter over his short but highly productive career created pieces that significantly advanced modernist art.
This one-day course will study the ways in which Van Gogh’s art engaged with tradition as well as with his contemporary artists and influences, creating works that inspired the future avant-garde.
What will we cover?
• Van Gogh in London - early career and influences
• Developments in Van Gogh’s style, focusing on materials, techniques and influences – Impressionism, Japanese print etc.
• Van Gogh’s subjects and their meaning.
• Van Gogh’s engagement with the avant-garde and his contribution to Post-Impressionism
• Van Gogh’s influence on future practitioners.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Give two examples of Van Gogh’s relationship with tradition and the Impressionist movements
• Participate in discussions about the evolution of the Van Gogh’s style.
• Discuss Van Gogh’s role within Post-Impressionism.
• Give two examples of later artists inspired by van Gogh.
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 with slide presentations and group discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to bring a notebook. 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?
You might also be interested in:
VB141 - Art evolutions: Post-Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism
VB242 - The influence of Japan on Western art in the 19th century.
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