Focus on: Van Gogh
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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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.
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?
• 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 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 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.
Julia Musgrave got her first degree in Chemical Engineering and went on become a Chartered Information Systems Engineer and IT project manager. In 2008 she decided that life was too short for just one career and decided to become an art historian. She has a Graduate Diploma in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and an MLitt in ‘Art, Style and Design: Renaissance to Modernism, c.1450 – c.1930’ from the University of Glasgow. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. at the University of York where she is researching the development of the Contemporary Art Society from 1910 to 1937. She is Art History course co-ordinator at City Lit, Co-Director of the London Art Salon and an accredited Arts Society lecturer.
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.