What is the course about?
This online art history course looks chronologically at key works of Western art on show in London’s collections from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. It examines paintings from the different ‘genres’ of painting: narrative, portrait, scenes from daily life, landscapes, animal, religious and still life, discussing each painting in the context of its era and its artist’s career.
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?
- Painting before ‘genre’ –religious and allegorical works from the early and late Renaissance
- History (Narrative) Painting – How do artists tell a story?
- Portraits – what do portraits tell us about the person(s) they represent?
- Scenes of everyday life –the humour and hidden moral messages of Dutch artists
- Landscapes and Seascapes – What can these paintings tell us about their owners and patrons?
- Animal painting
- Still Life – how ordinary objects can have hidden meanings.
- Modernist Painting – Did the legacy of ‘genre’ continue into the twentieth century?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- List the six ‘genres’ of paintings and discuss their key characteristics
- Identify different periods, styles and genres of painting from selected examples
- Participate in discussions about art from a variety of periods, with greater confidence, and express an informed personal response.
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 to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for 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 may like to take some of other courses in art history on offer such as VB 105 Styles in Art.