What is the course about?
A survey of Western art from the Gothic to the Victorian Age focusing on different styles and periods. Works of art are discussed in class and placed in a historical and cultural context.
What will we cover?
Different styles and periods will be presented in the following chronological order: pre-Renaissance – Gothic and Byzantine traditions; the Renaissance in Italy; the Renaissance in northern Europe; High Renaissance and Mannerism; Baroque and Rococo; Dutch art from the Golden Age; Neo-Classicism; Romanticism and Realism.
Each class will feature a selection of key paintings, sculpture and architecture and the major artists associated with that week’s style.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Place the work of a number of artists in their stylistic periods
• Demonstrate an understanding of the historical and cultural contexts in which the artists discussed were working
• Use style labels and art terms with more confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to all. No prior knowledge of the subject is required.
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. 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?
Slide presentation by the tutor with the opportunity for group discussion at the end. There will also be some pair and small group activities. The afternoon class includes a guided visit to the National Gallery – meet at the Sainsbury Wing entrance.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs, but you are advised to bring a notebook to the classes. You may also like to purchase a couple of books suggested on handouts during the course and are also encouraged to use the City Lit library and explore recommended sites on the internet.
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