Focus on: David Hockney

Course Dates: 05/03/23 - 12/03/23
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
In 2011 David Hockney was voted most influential British artist of all time in a poll of over 1000 artists. Explore how Hockney’s career as painter, photographer and writer has evolved over six decades.
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 £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00

Course Code: VB686

Sun, day, 05 Mar - 12 Mar '23

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

David Hockney sold his first painting for £10 – one of his recent works sold for $ 8 million.

This weekend art history course provides an overview of Hockney’s long and successful career. We will study his artistic development from the art student at the R.A. who refused to write a dissertation, through his contribution to the Pop Art Movement, portraiture, photography, landscape and more recently, iPad painting.

For Hockney, drawing is the key to all art; “Teaching people to draw is teaching people to look”. We will explore key influences and find out why he was an enormous admirer of Picasso and Matisse. As a writer, Hockney has questioned how artists of the Renaissance worked. He has presented a fascinating but controversial theory about their use of mirrors and lenses to develop perspective and chiaroscuro, challenging our view of how these two foundations of Western art were established.

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?

• A chronological survey of David Hockney’s life and career
• The development of his style, the variety of his choice of subject matter and media
• We will consider some of Hockney’s more challenging and controversial statements about art.
• We will explore his work as a writer and designer of stage sets and costume
• We will explore his 'Secret Knowledge'; his investigations of the techniques of artists of the Renaissance.

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

• Discuss the development of Hockney’s artistic style giving at least 3 examples of his work in different media
• Identify 3 or more of Hockney’s most significant paintings
• List 3 reasons why David Hockney has been voted ‘Most Influential Artist ‘by other artists
• Discuss the work of at least 2 other artists with whom his work may be linked stylistically.

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 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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Julie Barlow

Julie Barlow has a degree in Art History/History from the University of Hull and an MPhil (Fine Arts) from the University of Birmingham. She has worked in a variety of roles at Leighton House, V&A and Tate Gallery before studying for a PGCE and moving into Museum Education. Julie has over twenty years of experience as a freelance lecturer at the National Portrait Gallery working on all areas of the Education Programme and also for the first ten years at the National Gallery and in the last decade at the Wallace Collection.

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.