London's hidden art and architecture
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
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: VB485
Duration: 9 sessions (over 10 weeks)
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What is the course about?
This course takes the form of a series of thematic walks exploring some of London's hidden art and architecture. Each week we will visit a different area, such as the City of London and Bloomsbury, and investigate specific topics such as postmodern architecture, or the impact of immigration on London. We also explore some of London's less well known smaller museums, art galleries and historic locations, examining what makes these places so appealing or different to what we might find elsewhere. Handouts (with maps) will lets you explore the places discussed in your own time should you wish to do so.
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?
-A historical overview of London's lesser known art and architecture and the people who have contributed to this
-How London's landscape has been shaped by key social and cultural events, such as immigration and war
-Virtual visits to a variety of historic locations and smaller museums and galleries.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify key figures who have contributed to London’s lesser known art and architecture
- Describe the variety of cultural and social influences which have shaped London and participate in discussions about why London is distinct from other cities, both in the UK and beyond.
- Discuss with confidence a wide range of artistic and architectural styles and locations in London.
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 as well as basic functions of Zoom, specifically microphone and camera.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught by lecture with slide images and you will be invited to participate in group discussion. There will be handouts provided by your tutor; these handouts will be available digitally via a Google Classroom. You will be invited to join the Google Classroom within a week of your course start date.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to purchase a notebook for taking notes. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in:
The art and culture of 17th century London
The art and culture of 18th century London
The art and culture of the Victorians.
Julie Barlow has a degree in Art History/History from the University of Hull and an MPhil (Fine Arts) from the University of Birmingham. She has worked in a variety of roles at Leighton House, V&A and Tate Gallery before studying for a PGCE and moving into Museum Education. Julie has over twenty years of experience as a freelance lecturer at the National Portrait Gallery working on all areas of the Education Programme and also for the first ten years at the National Gallery and in the last decade at the Wallace Collection.
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.