Styles in art: from medieval to modern

Course Dates: 15/01/24 - 25/03/24
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: Online
A survey of Western art from the Gothic to the Victorian age, discussing Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism, and the ideas shaping each period.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Styles in art: from medieval to modern
  • Course Code: VB105
  • Dates: 15/01/24 - 25/03/24
  • Time: 18:00 - 20:00
  • Taught: Mon, Evening
  • Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Leslie Primo

Course Code: VB105

Mon, eve, 15 Jan - 25 Mar '24

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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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.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

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?

This course is suitable for all levels.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, handouts 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 online with lecture, slide presentations and group discussions. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available via a Google Classroom. You will be invited to join the Google Classroom within a week of the start of your course.

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?

Introduction to Art History
The history of Western art in 100 paintings
Focus on: Iconography.

Leslie Primo

Leslie Primo has spent more than 15 years giving lectures to the general public at the National Gallery for the Information and Education departments. During this time he graduated with a degree in History of Art and an MA in Renaissance Studies from Birkbeck, University College of London. In his studies he specialised in early Medieval and Renaissance studies, including, Italian Renaissance Drawing, Art and Architecture in Europe 1250-1400 Art and Architecture in Europe 1400-1500, Medici and Patronage, Narrative Painting in the Age of Giotto, and the work of Peter Paul Rubens focusing on his paintings of the Judgement of Paris, and Greek Myth in paintings. He is also an accredited Art Society lecturer.

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.