Friday lates: the art of the frame

Course Dates: 31/03/23
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: Online
Every picture tells a story, but what about the frame around it? Find out how picture frames can tell us more about the artworks they surround.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: VB598

Fri, eve, 31 Mar - 31 Mar '23

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

How a picture is framed changes how it is seen, but the frame might also tell us when it was likely to have been framed, who for, whereabouts and at what cost. The picture frame is an integral part of how we see a work of art; and in some cases is a work of art itself.

In this art history evening course, discover the how techniques, materials, construction and design of frames have changed over the centuries and how the frame itself can sometimes be worth more than the picture inside it. We will be looking at frames from the medieval to the present time.

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?

-Changes in frame design from Medieval to Contemporary

-Materials and techniques of frame making

-Key terminology.

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:

-Give two examples of how age of a frame might be estimated from its design

-Discuss how the framing of a picture might tell us about its age and origin

-Use picture frame terminology with more 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 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.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You might wish to purchase a notebook for taking notes. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list provided.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Our 'Friday Lates' series runs throughout the year, search 'Friday Lates' for more. . .

Or, you might be interested in a longer course:

At home in the Italian Renaissance: the art and objects of everyday life.

Julia Musgrave Tutor Website

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 gained her Ph.D. at the University of York for her research into the involvement of Roger Fry and the Bloomsbury Group and the social networks of the British art world in the development of the Contemporary Art Society from 1910 to 1939. She is Co-Director of the London Art Salon and an accredited Arts Society lecturer.

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