The 'isms' of 20th century art
Time: 14:00 - 16:10
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB312
Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course provides an introduction to the series of important movements that occurred during the twentieth century. We will look at specific works in detail to see how and why art changed through the century. Famous artists and artworks will be presented and discussed in class. We will discuss stylistic innovations and address theoretical ideas that shaped high culture, along with the social and cultural factors that affected art, such as the impact of mass politics, war and the growth of consumer culture.
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?
Each class will focus on a different movement or ‘ism’. They are, in order: Fauvism; Expressionism; Cubism; Futurism and Vorticism; Dada; Surrealism; Abstract Expressionism; Minimalism and Land Art; Pop Art and Installation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Recognise key artworks and describe the formal characteristics of the different ‘isms’ of twentieth century art
• Understand the impact of social and cultural factors upon twentieth century art
• Discuss art from different twentieth century movements 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, 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 given out in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in:
• VB142: Art evolutions: Pop to post-internet art
• VB145: Looking at contemporary art
• VB467: Key architects you should know
• VB484: Key sculptures you should know.
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.