Key sculptors you should know
Time: 14:30 - 16:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: VB484
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
This art history course will explore the development of Western sculpture through the analysis of key works by practitioners significant to the development of the discipline. We will employ some traditional approaches to the study of Art History, considering formal qualities, materials and techniques, style and academic priorities. We will also examine the social, political and artistic contexts of works and look at the cultural theories that inform their appreciation where appropriate.
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?
• Traditional/ academic priorities and influences.
• Formal analysis, subject analysis, materials and processes.
• Aspects of modernist sculptural practice (abstraction, expressionism etc.)
• Social, political and cultural contexts.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Explain the subject and style priorities of academic sculpture.
• Describe various materials and techniques employed by sculptors.
• Identify the traditional and modernist characteristics within sculptures.
• Participate in discussions around the impact of social, political and cultural contexts on sculptural practice.
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 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?
You might also be interested in:
• VB312: The 'isms' of 20th century art
• VB467: Key architects you should know.
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.