Landscape in art
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB560
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course explores how European artists have responded to the natural world over the past 500 years. Do artists simply depict what they see in the landscape or does the landscape help give us a sense of our own identity, of where we belong? From the Renaissance onwards, images of landscape have proliferated in art. Each week, we will consider and discuss the art of the landscape from a different perspective. Key themes will include landscape as topography, the role of landscape in narrative painting, the emotional landscape and the sublime, the direct experience of nature and landscape as political tool. The course will explore the work of a wide range of artists from Dürer to Andy Goldsworthy.
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?
• A historical overview of the position and role of landscape as subject matter in Western art of the past 500 years
• Key paintings, photographs and sculptures in the development of landscape as an important genre within the history of art
• The social and cultural context within which these artworks were made.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Identify key artists responsible for the development of landscape as a significant artistic genre
• Discuss with confidence the work of individual landscape artists
• Compare and contrast the work of individual landscape artists.
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?
You will be taught online with slide presentations and group discussions. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download, not printed out for you.
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.
Julie Barlow has a degree in Art History/History from the University of Hull and an MPhil (Fine Arts) from the University of Birmingham. She has worked in a variety of roles at Leighton House, V&A and Tate Gallery before studying for a PGCE and moving into Museum Education. Julie has over twenty years of experience as a freelance lecturer at the National Portrait Gallery working on all areas of the Education Programme and also for the first ten years at the National Gallery and in the last decade at the Wallace Collection.
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.