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 on this visit-based course.
What will we cover?
By visiting a different museum or gallery each week, the course enables you to develop a recognition of the art and culture of 18th century London by examining 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 visit places specific to London’s own history. 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?
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?
The course will be taught through guided visits, discussions and engaging activities. There will be no set work outside of classes, but you might wish to read books from the reading lists in preparation for classes.
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, or visit some of the exhibitions recommended.
Students will need to organise travel to each venue independently, as these costs are not included.
Please wear comfortable footwear and bring an umbrella. Wherever possible, entrance to venues is free.
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