What is the course about?
In this course we will enjoy the evening ambience at our most famous London Galleries. We will be exploring and discussing key works at the Tate Modern and the National Gallery. Art work will be contextualized in terms of social and cultural background, historical period and artistic styles whilst foregrounding themes such as the human body, Landscape, non-figurative and abstract. We will also compare and contrast the collections and their underpinning objectives.
What will we cover?
- Selected key images in Tate Modern and the National Gallery
- Main themes such as the human body, Landscape, abstract and non-figurative art work
- Placing these images in a social and cultural context.
- The role of the museums
- A comparison of the underlying objectives of the museums
- An analysis of different styles and techniques of selected work.
- The layout of the museums and their impact on our viewing experience.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify key works in Tate Modern and the National Gallery
- Show an awareness of different styles and techniques
- Understand the different roles and objectives of the museums
- Have an awareness of the cultural and social context of selected images
- Have an awareness of the way the exhibition space, museum layout and architecture affects our viewing experience.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is aimed at beginners; you do not need any special skills or previous subject knowledge to participate.
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. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with guided visits, discussion and handouts.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You may wish to buy a notebook and books to support your learning, but this is not a requirement.
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.
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