Introduction to the art of art history - part 2

Course Dates: 23/05/20 - 04/07/20
Time: 11:00 - 13:10
Location: Online

Explore a variety of art movements, from Neo-Classicism to Abstract Expressionism through an introductory study of the writing of art theorists and commentators who have made a significant contribution to Art History as a discipline.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.


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?

This course will be delivered online, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.

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


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This course (with Part 1) is a superb introduction to Art History.
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Tutor Biographies
Rachel Sanders

Dr Rachel Sanders received her MA and PhD in History of Art from University College, London. She has taught at a number of institutions and currently lectures on the history of art and design at City Lit and Oxford Brookes University. Her research interest is early twentieth-century American political paintings and cartoons. She has published a number of articles on her research specialism and is currently writing a book on New Masses magazine.

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: VB679

Started Sat, day, 23 May - 04 Jul '20

Duration: 7 sessions (over 7 weeks)

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

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