What is the course about?
This course will take an introductory approach to the art theory of writers such as Winckelmann, Baudelaire and Greenberg in relation to movements they shaped or commented on – Neo-Classicism, Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism.
Please note: This is not a survey course. It is designed to enrich learners' understanding of Art History as a discipline. It builds on the ‘Introduction to Art History’ course (VB101) but you do not need to do this course first.
What will we cover?
• Art theory in relation to movements – Burke & Romanticism etc.
• Formal & subject analysis of the artworks
• Contextual information (artistic, social, political) about the writers and artworks.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Analyse formal elements such as composition and the subject matter of a range of art
• Describe artworks as products of a range of contextual influences
• Assess the relationship between different art movements and art theorists.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels but ideally you should have completed the ‘Introduction to Art History’ course (VB101) first
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 with slide presentations and group discussions.
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.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details