The history of Western art in 100 paintings
Time: 14:00 - 16:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB221
Duration: 20 sessions (over 25 weeks)
What is the course about?
This online art history course aims to give a chronological overview of the history of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present through a 100 key works. We will explore: artists’ processes, materials and techniques; the historical context in which they worked; styles and movements, as well as developing ways of discussing paintings.
In the first term, we will look at the Gothic, Italian Renaissance, Northern Renaissance, High Renaissance, Mannerism and Baroque. In the second term, we will look at Rococo, Neo-classicism, Romanticism, Impressionism, post-Impressionism, Fauvism and the other ‘isms’ of the early 20th Century.
The main artworks to be discussed are all in London art museums including: the National Gallery, the V&A, the Wallace Collection, the Guildhall Gallery, the Courtauld Gallery Tate Britain and Tate Modern.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- The major styles/movements/periods in western art history from 1250 to the early 20th century through key works and key artists
- The socio-cultural background to each period
- How to recognise which period an art work belongs to
- Artists’ processes, materials, and techniques
- Analysing a painting.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- List most of the major styles/movements/periods in western art history from 1250 to now
-Identify the period and artist of at least 10 key works in London collections
- Describe (in brief) the socio-cultural background to each period
-Give three examples of the links between painting and the decorative arts
- Define several key terms like ‘egg tempera,’ ‘sfumato’ ‘glaze’, ‘scumble’ etc.
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, 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 slide presentations and group discussions. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download, not printed out for you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to buy a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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Julia Musgrave got her first degree in Chemical Engineering and went on become a Chartered Information Systems Engineer and IT project manager. In 2008 she decided that life was too short for just one career and decided to become an art historian. She has a Graduate Diploma in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and an MLitt in ‘Art, Style and Design: Renaissance to Modernism, c.1450 – c.1930’ from the University of Glasgow. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. at the University of York where she is researching the development of the Contemporary Art Society from 1910 to 1937. She is Art History course co-ordinator at City Lit, Co-Director of the London Art Salon and an accredited Arts 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.