The art and culture of 18th century London

Course Dates: 20/01/23 - 31/03/23
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: Online
Explore Georgian painting, sculpture and architecture, and consider them within the context of the history and culture of the 18th century exploring museums, galleries and other places in London online.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00

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Course Code: VB514

Started Fri, day, 20 Jan - 31 Mar '23

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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What is the course about?

18th century Georgian London was both a product of the age of reason and of a celebrity-obsessed society. Explore key examples of art, design and architecture. By looking at artworks in different museums or galleries each week, the course enables you to develop a recognition of the art and culture of 18th century London. We examine the work of key artists, architects and designers placed in a cultural and social context. As well as looking at some of the major collections we also consider places specific to London’s own history.

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?

The course covers Georgian architecture and design, Hogarth and his contemporaries, Rococo, Neo-Classicism and the Academic style, the start of the Romantic Movement and the impact of international trade.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Recognise different styles and types of 18th century art and design
• Describe 18th century art and design and express an informed personal response
• Demonstrate an understanding of key aspects of 18th century history and culture and their relationship with creative practice
• Participate in discussions around 18th century art with greater 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, 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?

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Elizabeth Eyres

Liz Keevill Eyres worked as a textile designer in the fashion industry for four years and then as a magazine journalist specializing in interior design for 13 years. Her first degree was at Camberwell School of Art which she did at the same time as completing a degree in History and Art History with the Open University. Liz studied and has taught at Kingston University, where she lead modules and lectured in history of art, design history and architecture for ten years and ran study visits both at home and abroad. Liz has researched into English Modernist textile design of the 1950s and the professional practice of the provincial Edwardian architect, in particular Norwich-based architect George Skipper.

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.