What is the course about?
This Friday evening course is an opportunity to make a guided study of objects in the V&A’s Nehru Gallery, building up a story of art and design in India and its interactions with foreign powers.
The course tutor has an in-depth practical understanding of how the schools of painting were formed and how the paintings were made, and of techniques of textile and garment production in the subcontinent, which will be brought to bear on the study. We will also cover some interesting background stories associated with the objects on display.
Focus areas will include:
• The development of miniature painting from its early roots in temple manuscripts, through the eclectic Mughal schools and painting in the Rajput kingdoms, to the influences of European painting and patronage.
• Costume and textiles made for the Rajput and Mughal courts, and their adaptation as trade textiles for the British market.
• Decorative arts, including jewelry, arms and armour.
What will we cover?
• The evolution of style and imagery in Indian painting.
• The development of textiles and court fashions in India.
• Trade and cultural relationships between India and Britain.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
By the end of this course you should be able to:
- Discuss the evolution of three different styles of painting in India.
- Describe two examples of textile production techniques.
- Identify two Indian textile products that were made for the British market.
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?
The course will be taught offsite with guided gallery visits, group discussion and short group activities. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course.
Please note we are unable to guarantee stools in the rooms that we visit so you might have to stand and to walk between objects.
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.
Gallery entry is free.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in:
VB601 - Think Like an Artist: in Early Mughal India
VB635 - Focus on: Mughal court fashion in the 16th and 17th centuries
VB637 - The Arts of the Book in the Islamic World.