Introduction to the art of art history - part 1

Course Dates: 14/01/23 - 25/03/23
Time: 11:00 - 13:30
Location: Keeley Street
This course is an introduction to Art History as an academic discipline. Students will study artworks from a variety of approaches, considering such aspects as formal analysis, material studies, and social, cultural and artistic contexts.
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Course Code: VB101

Finished Sat, day, 14 Jan - 25 Mar '23

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course is not a historical survey of periods and styles, but it is an introduction to the study of art, considering approaches from basic issues such as style, materials, genres, biographies to more complex issues, such as political context and gender representation. We will examine a range of artistic practices and time periods giving you ways to approach works of art in a structured way.

This can be taken as a stand-alone course or paired with Introduction to the art of art history - part 2, which takes place in Term 3. It can also be used as an extension of our 'Introduction to Art History' course, which takes place in Term 1.

What will we cover?

- Formal and stylistic analysis
- Materials and techniques
- Contexts – social, political, cultural, artistic.
- Introduction to some basic methodology.

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

- Formally analyse a variety of 2D and 3D artworks
- Discuss material practices of painting and sculpture
- Evaluate artworks as products of a range of contextual influences
- Participate in group discussions about art 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.

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. However, they will also 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 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?

Introduction to the art of art history - part 2
Looking at sculpture
Looking at modern design: art nouveau to art deco.

Rachel Sanders

Dr Rachel Sanders received her MA and PhD in History of Art from University College, London. She has taught at a number of institutions and currently lectures on the history of art and design at City Lit and Oxford Brookes University. Her research interest is early twentieth-century American political paintings and cartoons. She has published a number of articles on her research specialism and is currently writing a book on New Masses magazine.

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.