What is the course about?
The 19th century saw the emergence of more clearly defined artistic groups and styles including Romanticism and the Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood. The Industrial Revolution, key developments in science and the discovery of photography provided artists with new possibilities, new ways of seeing and of bringing alive the painted surface using modern art materials and chemical dyes. J.M.W. Turner and John Constable brought new significance to the artist’s sketchbook. By the end of the century, the demand for portraiture on the grand scale was in decline. Success at the Royal Academy was no longer essential to an artist’s career as new art schools opened, including the Royal College of Art and the Slade and alternative exhibition forums emerged. What impact did these developments have upon the artists?
This one-day course is part of a series, looking at art in Britain in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Includes gallery visit.
What will we cover?
• An overview of the key artistic, cultural and scientific developments of the period
• An introduction to the leading artists of the period working in Britain
• An opportunity to study significant projects undertaken by different artists, to analyse and discuss the works of art and think critically about the artist’s concepts, working methods and intentions.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
By the end of this course you should be able to:
- Name at least 3 artists working in 19th century Britain and recognise key features of their style
- Identify important changes in the way art was being produced by the end of the century
- Participate in discussion around 19th 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, 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 with slide presentation, group and individual discussion, and a guided gallery visit.
Please note we are unable to guarantee stools in the galleries that we will visit so you may have to stand and to walk between artworks.
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.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The other courses in this series are:
VB605 - Think Like an Artist: in 17th Century Britain
VB606 - Think Like an Artist: in 18th Century Britain
You might also be interested in:
VB242 - The influence of Japan on Western art in the 19th century
VB858 - Women in art 1800-1900
VB220 - The art and culture of the Victorians.
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