Friday lates: poster art: print, pop and propaganda
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB673
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
Examine the history of poster art, from its humble beginnings to the elegant innovations of the late 19th Century’s Belle Époque. See a decadent world of cafés and glamour turned upside down (and in several other directions) by the revolutionary dynamism of the Avant-Garde, as poster design lapped up the latest advances in modern art: from Cubism and Futurism, to the revolutionary designs of the Soviet Constructivists.
In this Friday evening talk, explore how posters became perhaps the art-form of the 20th Century, with their strong links to both Pop and Protest. We’ll glance at how Pop Artists like Peter Blake and Andy Warhol played with the poster form. But we’ll also see how posters have proved a mainstay for the art of protest, from May ‘68’s Atelier Populaire, to the Ad’ Hacking street artists of the present.
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 origins of poster art.
• The posters of La Belle Époque, including Henri-Toulouse-Lautrec and Pierre Bonnard, and the elegant designs of Art Nouveau.
• How the modernist avant-gardes changed the face of poster design forever, from Cubism and Futurism, to Dada and Soviet Constructivism.
• How the popular art form of the poster influenced a generation of Pop artists, and how their work influenced poster design in turn.
• How poster became the mainstay of protest art, from May ‘68’s Atelier Populaire poster factory, to the Ad’ Hacking street artists of the present.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Discuss how artists have used the techniques and visual language of poster design, giving two examples.
• List three artistic movements that have had a major impact on the art of the poster
• Analyse and evaluate a selection of posters and engage in informed discussions about them.
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 with online slide presentations and group discussions.
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?
Our Friday Lates series runs in the autumn and spring terms - search 'Friday lates' to find more...
Christopher Collier trained as an artist, before gaining an MA in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths and a PhD in Art History and Theory from the University of Essex. He has taught at institutions including the University of Essex, Cambridge School of Art, and Winchester School of Art, as well as presenting internationally at a range of workshops and conferences, including at the ICA, London and CCA, Glasgow. His broad range of interests includes the intersections of art and the more-than-human world, along with art's relations to wider political economy and cultural theory. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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