What is the course about?
This is a gallery-based course which aims to explore the art and culture of the Victorians through their paintings, artefacts, homes, literature, and architecture.
What will we cover?
We will explore: movements such as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, narrative art, Aestheticism, Arts and Crafts and themes such as Victorian philanthropy, the Gothic and the classical, consumerism, artists’ processes and techniques, politics. Galleries visited will include: the Victoria and Albert Museum; Leighton House; Guildhall gallery; Museum of London; Tate Britain and others. Weather permitting, there will be one walk.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate an understanding of key Victorian artists and works
- Particiate in discussions on the relationship between Victorian art and society
- Talk with increased confidence about individual works.
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 is entirely visit based. There will be introductions to artists and works by the tutor and/or gallery staff with the opportunity for group discussion throughout. There will also be some pairs/small group activities. There will be suggestions for background reading to complement the course but this is not essential.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There will be travel costs to the gallery and some galleries charge admission. You may find it useful to bring a notebook.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might be interested in:
VB435 - The art and culture of 17th century London
VB181 - The art and culture of 18th century London.
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