Movements in art: Suprematism and Constructivism
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: VB604
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
Discover heroism and hope, chaos and tragedy in some of the most radical and transformational artworks of the 20th Century. Cultural ambassadors from the world’s first attempted Worker’s State, learn how the artists and designers of Constructivism followed their Suprematist forebears, striving to remake the world from its most fundamental aesthetic foundations: colour, line and form.
Drawing out similarities and exploring crucial differences between these two critical and contrasting movements, this course explores how the divergent impulses of mystical idealism and everyday materialism were united in a dynamic and revolutionary exploration of form. From the bold and optimistic designs of El Lissitsky, Nikolai Kolli and Vladimir Tatlin, to the rarefied transcendence of Suprematists like Kazimir Malevich.
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?
• Constructivism and Suprematism and their place in the development of Modern Art.
• Constructivism and Suprematism in historical context, from the pre-Revolutionary avant-garde to their Stalinist destruction.
• Key works and figures such as El Lissitsky, Vladimir Tatlin and Kazimir Malevich.
• Important theoretical ideas behind the aesthetic innovations of Constructivism and Suprematism.
• How these movements stretched beyond the fine arts, incorporating poster, print, ceramics and architecture.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- List five important artists whose work has been classified within the Constructivist or Suprematist movements.
- Describe the relations between Constructivism and Suprematism, as well as how they relate to developments in Modern Art more broadly.
- Analyse some of the main developments in these movements in relation to the events of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath.
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 with short lectures, slides, and group discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to bring 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?
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VB142 - Art evolutions: Pop to Post-Internet Art
VB849- Contemporary Art Concepts.
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.
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.