Introduction to Tate Modern
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: OS - Off Site
Course Code: VB154
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course provides an introduction to the wide range of art works within the collection at Tate Modern in Southwark. We will explore specific works by modern and contemporary artists in relation to wider cultural and social contexts. The aim is to develop your confidence when looking at and discussing art in London’s galleries and it will help you to consider the methods curators use to display and interpret modern and contemporary art.
We also think about Tate’s themed displays in relation to key 20th century art movements, and look at the key themes developed by the 21st century’s leading practitioners. This course also includes an introduction to more recent types of art common to the contemporary art, including video and installation.
What will we cover?
• Explore different artists; various periods, styles and isms in modern art
• Discuss techniques, terms and jargon; concepts and approaches
• Curating and displaying – the role of the gallery
• Look at political, cultural and social influences and inspirations.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Describe at least 2 key themes, periods, styles and isms of modern and contemporary art and to relate them to their wider cultural and social contexts.
• Be more confident in discussing and analysing works of art in the Tate Modern
• Explain the differences between conceptual art and abstract art
• Recognise at least 3 important artists and their works of art in the Tate Modern.
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?
The course will be taught with a mixture of guided gallery visits, group discussion and short group activities. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course. The class size is kept small to facilitate personalised learning and more inclusive space in the gallery setting.
This course will be run in-person at theTate Modern and is subject to the venue’s visiting guidelines. In the unlikely event of any change to the venue’s guidelines due to Covid-19 and group visits are no longer possible, the course will be offered in an online format. In the event of any change to delivery you will be notified, and the course will remain subject to City Lit’s regular refunds and transfer policy.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Gallery entry is free. You might wish to bring a notebook and buy some of the books on the reading list. Please note we are unable to guarantee seats on gallery visits so you may have to stand and to walk between exhibits. You might prefer to invest in a lightweight portable seat.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in:
VB225 Introduction to Tate Britain
VB309 / VB557 Extended history of modern art in 50 works.
Sarah Jaffray received her BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in French Modernism and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London to be with her family. For the past three years she has worked as an educator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum and at Wellcome Collection. Her interests include Modernism, drawing, artistic process, collaboration, cultural theory, and the intersection of art and technology. She is currently researching the relationship of language and drawing.
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.