What is the course about?
This art history course explores the theme of myths and legends in classical art through relevant art works and considers the appearance of classical myths in post classical art. We will focus on important themes, myths and legends and their manifestation in the visual arts. We will discuss and assess their popularity in art and society as well as considering the role of myths and legends in the Classical world.
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?
- The origins and development of the classical myths and their representation in classical Greek art.
- The role of myth and legends in classical art and society.
- The continuous appeal and popularity of myths and legends in post classical art and cultures.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Relate the origins and development of classical myths and their representation in classical Greek art
- Identify and evaluate the main function, meaning and purpose of myths and legends in classical art and classical society.
- Participate in discussions around the use of classical myths in post classical art and consider their ongoing popularity in western culture.
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 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?
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