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Course - Art Appreciation : Art of The Netherlands - From Jan Van Eyck to Luc Tuymans

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  • Objectives
    The aims of all three courses are: - To locate art in its cultural and historical context - To study the lives and ideas of key figures. - To acquaint learners with a variety of technical and formal terms.
  • Entry requirements
    You should check the level of this course to see if it matches your ability. There are no formal qualifications for these courses.
  • Course description
        3 courses offered this academic year, which taken together, survey the broad sweep of Netherlandish art across more than 600 years.

        This course offers a lively, informative and thought-provoking approach to the appreciation of art.
        
        In the first course (September 2008) topics will range chronologically from 15th century illuminated manuscripts to aspects of 17th century Dutch art. At the end of the first course learners should be able to:
        - Trace the development of portraiture from van Eyck to van Dyck.
        - Give an account of the ways in which the art of Bosch and Brueghel relates to the social and religious concerns of their time.
        Describe the history of the depiction of everyday life in the Netherlands from the Limbourg brothers to 17th.century Dutch genre.

        Second of 3 courses (January 2009)
        In this continuation course some of the most famous Dutch artists from Rembrandt to van Gogh will be studied.

        At the end of the second course learners should be able to:
        - Discuss the cultural and political significance of Dutch landscape
        - Build up a picture of life in 17th century Haarlem by reference to the work of Frans Hals.
        - Survey the range of Rembrandt’s work and identify his unique qualities.
        - Describe the qualities in Vermeer’s work, which set it apart from that of his contemporaries.
        - Link the life of van Gogh to his art.
        - Describe the outlook of James Ensor as embodied in his art.

        Third and final course (April 2009)

        In this concluding course topics range from 19th.century Symbolism and Art Nouveau to contemporary practitioners such as Luc Tuymans.
        At the end of the course learners should be able to:
        - Link the ideas of Belgian Symbolism with those of the Surrealists Magritte and Delvaux.
        - Describe the fundamental ideas and formal language of Art Nouveau and de Stijl.
        - Link Mondrian’s formal and philosophical ideas.
        - Identify the attitudes implicit in the work of contemporary artists like Marlene Dumas and Luc Tuymans.

    Course Structure:
        Sessions will be lecture-based, using Powerpoint. Learners will be encouraged to participate in class discussion.

    Course resources:
        All students have access to Learning Centres at College Centres. This includes free Internet access.

    Assessment:
        Tutor Feedback and Self Assessment.

    Next step:
        Further Art Appreciation courses next academic year.

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