What is the course about?
This course provides an introduction to the wide range of art works within the collection at Tate Modern in Southwark. The course will explore specific works by modern and contemporary artists in relation to wider cultural and social contexts. The aim is to develop your confidence when looking at and discussing art in London’s galleries.
We will explore Tate’s themed displays in relation to key 20th century art movements, and look at the key themes developed by the 21st century’s leading practitioners. This course includes an assessment of more recent types of art common to the contemporary art scene: video and installation.
What will we cover?
• Explore different artists; various periods, styles and isms in modern art
• Discuss techniques, terms and jargons; concepts and approaches
• Curating and displaying – the role of the gallery
• Look at political, cultural and social influences and inspirations.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Describe at least 2 key themes, periods, styles and isms of modern and contemporary art and to relate them to their wider cultural and social contexts.
• Be more confident in discussing and analysing works of art in the Tate Modern
• Explain the differences between conceptual art and abstract art
• Recognise at least 3 important artists and their works of art in the Tate Modern.
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 with a mixture of guided gallery visits, group discussion and short group activities. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course.
The session incluses a short coffee/tea break.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Gallery entry is free. You might wish to bring a notebook and buy some of the books on the reading list. Please note we are unable to guarantee seats on gallery visits so you may have to stand and to walk between exhibits. You might prefer to invest in a lightweight portable seat. The session includes a break in the Tate gallery café - coffee/ tea is not included in the course fee.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in:
VB155 / VB156 / VB157 - Contemporary art in London.