Symbols and stories: saints in art

Course Dates: 12/04/21 - 24/05/21
Time: 13:00 - 15:00
Location: Online
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Saints are represented in masterpieces of Christian art from 1200 to the present – learn how to recognise them, decode their meanings and iconography and enhance your understanding of this aspect of art history.
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: VB469

Full Mon, day, 12 Apr - 24 May '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 7 weeks)

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What is the course about?

On this course you will learn how to recognise important saints, patron saints and key religious figures in art and consider the role and function of saints in Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art. Discover their attributes, associated legends, martyrdoms and the development of colourful and symbolically enriched visual narratives capturing the lives and deaths of saints in art.

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?

• How to recognize important saints and key religious figures in art; their symbols and attributes.
• Associated legends, martyrdoms and stories of popular saints in art.
• Role and function of saints in art.

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

• Identify at least four saints through their attributes and/or symbols
• Recount at least one story / legend associated with popular saints
• Describe the role of saints in art.

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

Elizabeth Eyres

Liz Keevill Eyres worked as a textile designer in the fashion industry for four years and then as a magazine journalist specializing in interior design for 13 years. Her first degree was at Camberwell School of Art which she did at the same time as completing a degree in History and Art History with the Open University. Liz studied and has taught at Kingston University, where she lead modules and lectured in history of art, design history and architecture for ten years and ran study visits both at home and abroad. Liz has researched into English Modernist textile design of the 1950s and the professional practice of the provincial Edwardian architect, in particular Norwich-based architect George Skipper.

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.