Friday lates: Islamic art at the V&A

Course Dates: 17/07/20
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: OS - Off Site

Spend a summer’s evening finding out about art outside Europe, in particular the V&A’s fascinating and extensive collection of Islamic art objects.


What is the course about?

During this short course we will visit the V&A's Islamic art gallery and adjacent galleries and explore wooden carvings, ivories, glass, textiles, metalwork and other objects. We will also visit the medieval galleries and find out how Islamic art inspired medieval artists in Europe.

Please note that room closures at short notice can change the content of our gallery based courses. #arthistory #summerschool #London #CityLit #fridaylates.

What will we cover?

- The development of Islamic art.
- Identifying motifs in Islamic art.
- The re-uses and copies of Islamic art during the medieval period.

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

- Have a greater knowledge about the development of Islamic art.
- Be able to identify the subject matter on some Islamic objects.
- Give an example of how aspects of Islamic art were re-used in medieval Europe.

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 by looking at and discussing objects in the galleries at the V&A. 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. Gallery entry is free.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You might also be interested in:
VB497 - Friday lates: treasure at the British Museum
VB709 - Friday lates: Islamic Art at the British Museum
VB602 / VB725 / VB880 - Friday lates: designs of India at the V&A.

Tutor Biographies
Barbara Zeitler

Barbara Zeitler has a PhD in medieval art history, specialising in the Crusader period. Barbara taught at universities in the UK and in the United States, but is now a practising barrister. She teaches part-time at City Lit to share her love of art history with students.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: VB503

Fri, eve, 17 Jul - 17 Jul '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £19.00
Senior fee: £19.00
Concession: £12.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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