Friday lates: designs of India at the V&A
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: Off Site
Course Code: VB602
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
This Friday evening course is an opportunity to make a guided study of objects in the V&A’s Nehru Gallery, building up a story of art and design in India and its interactions with foreign powers.
The course tutor has an in-depth practical understanding of how the schools of painting were formed and how the paintings were made, and of techniques of textile and garment production in the subcontinent, which will be brought to bear on the study. We will also cover some interesting background stories associated with the objects on display.
Focus areas will include:
• The development of miniature painting from its early roots in temple manuscripts, through the eclectic Mughal schools and painting in the Rajput kingdoms, to the influences of European painting and patronage.
• Costume and textiles made for the Rajput and Mughal courts, and their adaptation as trade textiles for the British market.
• Decorative arts, including jewellery, arms and armour.
A meeting point will be emailed to you within a week of the course start date.
What will we cover?
• The evolution of style and imagery in Indian painting.
• The development of textiles and court fashions in India.
• Trade and cultural relationships between India and Britain.
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:
- Discuss the evolution of three different styles of painting in India.
- Describe two examples of textile production techniques.
- Identify two Indian textile products that were made for the British market.
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.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be taught offsite with guided gallery visits, group discussion and short group activities. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course.
Museum/gallery-based courses take place during public access hours. Tutors are not able to control sound levels or behaviours of visitors outside of the course group. Unless you are a wheelchair user, and have confirmed access details with us (as levels of access can vary between galleries), you will need to be able to walk between exhibits and stand for some time while looking at them (you may bring your own portable stool if you have one, but we cannot guarantee access to any gallery stools.) If you feel you may be impacted by these environmental variations, please inform the department on email@example.com before the course begins, to discuss reasonable accommodations we can make to assist your learning in the museum space.
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.
Gallery entry is free.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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Anita Chowdry is a London based visual artist, educator and researcher. Her particular interest is in the arts of the Islamic World and South Asia, and the materials and processes that went into them. She has an M.A. in Art and Science from Central Saint Martin’s UAL, and is currently engaged in the codicological study of a group of 15th Century Turcoman manuscripts at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Anita has over 30 years’ experience teaching art and process to adults and professional groups, covering major institutions in the UK and abroad.
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.