The art and culture of 18th century London

Course Dates: 12/01/24 - 22/03/24
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Location: Off Site
Explore Georgian painting, sculpture and architecture, and consider them within the context of the history and culture of the 18th century exploring museums, galleries and other places in London.
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The art and culture of 18th century London
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  • Course Code: VB514
  • Dates: 12/01/24 - 22/03/24
  • Time: 11:00 - 13:00
  • Taught: Fri, Daytime
  • Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)
  • Location: Off Site
  • Tutor: Elizabeth Eyres

Course Code: VB514

Full Fri, day, 12 Jan - 22 Mar '24

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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What is the course about?

18th century Georgian London was both a product of the age of reason and of a celebrity-obsessed society. Explore key examples of art, design and architecture. By looking at artworks in different museums or galleries each week, the course enables you to develop a recognition of the art and culture of 18th century London. We examine the work of key artists, architects and designers placed in a cultural and social context. As well as looking at some of the major collections we also consider places specific to London’s own history.

What will we cover?

The course covers Georgian architecture and design, Hogarth and his contemporaries, Rococo, Neo-Classicism and the Academic style, the start of the Romantic Movement and the impact of international trade.

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

• Recognise different styles and types of 18th century art and design
• Describe 18th century art and design and express an informed personal response
• Demonstrate an understanding of key aspects of 18th century history and culture and their relationship with creative practice
• Participate in discussions around 18th century art with greater 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 gallery visits, lecture, short activities and you will be invited to participate in group discussion. There will be handouts provided by your tutor; these handouts will be available digitally via a Google Classroom. You will be invited to join the Google Classroom within a week of your course start date.

This course takes place offsite in galleries, houses and museums around London. Offsite courses take place during public access hours. Tutors are not able to control sound levels or behaviours of visitors outside of the course group, gallery closures or fire alarms. Unless you are a wheelchair user, and have confirmed access details with us (as levels of access can vary between buildings), you will need to be able to walk between sites and stand for some time while looking at them (you may bring your own portable stool if you have one, but we cannot guarantee access to seating offsite.) If you feel you may be impacted by these environmental variations, please inform the department on before the course begins, to discuss reasonable accommodations we can make to assist your learning in offsite.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There may be entrance fees for some venues, these fees are not included in the course fee. You will be informed of these costs at least a week before the start of the course.

Please note we are unable to guarantee seats on gallery visits so you may have to stand and to walk between exhibits. You might like to invest in a lightweight portable seat.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

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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.