Introduction to Tate Modern

Course Dates: 27/02/20 - 26/03/20
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Location: OS - Off Site

Explore different aspects of the permanent collection of Tate Modern by looking at the work of modern to contemporary artists in painting, video, sculpture and mixed media installations. This course is gallery based.


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?

We will:
• 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.

Tutor Biographies
Sarah Jaffray

Sarah Jaffray received her BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in French Modernism and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London to be with her family. For the past three years she has worked as an educator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum and at Wellcome Collection. Her interests include Modernism, drawing, artistic process, collaboration, cultural theory, and the intersection of art and technology. She is currently researching the relationship of language and drawing.

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.

This course has now started

Course Code: VB154

Started Thu, day, 27 Feb - 26 Mar '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £121.00

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