Movements in art: Surrealism
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.
Course Code: VB619
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
Surrealism is one of the most varied and influential art movements of the 20th century. For this one-day course we will investigate how the movement was born from the context of Post-World War I Paris through the experimentations of its founder and self-proclaimed ‘Pope’, André Breton, and how its theories were inspirational for painters, filmmakers, photographers and sculptors for decades. We will look at a variety of artists impacted by Surrealism including, but not limited to, Man Ray, Meret Oppenheim, Luis Buñuel, Dora Maar, René Magritte, Lee Miller and Marcel Duchamp. Part of the course will also approach the movement with a critical eye in terms of gender and sexuality.
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?
- What is Surrealism and how are its theories related to its cultural context
- How individual artists use and interpret Surrealist theory and practice
- The importance of photography and Surrealism
- Gender and sexuality in Surrealism, the female body and the Freudian fetish
- Exhibition practice of Surrealism, the immersive experience.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Describe, in general, the key elements of Surrealist art and theory
- Describe the artwork of at least three Surrealist artists and how it reflects Surrealist thought
- Discuss at least one way in which contemporary political or intellectual movements might have impacted the creation of Surrealism.
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 with slide presentations, group discussions and one guided activity.
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?
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Sarah Jaffray holds a BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in 19th/20th century France and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London in 2012. She has worked in curatorial roles at the British Museum and Wellcome Collection. In addition to her current teaching at City Lit, Sarah is a lecturer at the University of Arts London and the Tutor Coordinator for City Lit's Art History programme. Her art historical practice focuses on experimental narratives, artistic process, art pedagogy, politics and philosophy. Sarah's current research is focused on translation and empathy.
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.