What is the course about?
British artists today are recognised as among the most original and creative in the world. London is a world centre for contemporary art. This course explores the history and development of British art, from humble beginnings to international renown. We will look at how an early reliance on continental Europe for models and masters gave way in the eighteenth century to a distinctive national school. The story of British art is followed through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, up to the present day with contemporary artists such as Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst.
What topics will we cover?
The course presents a broad chronological survey of British art. Each week focuses on a different period, movement and artists. Subjects covered include: Holbein and the court of Henry the Eighth; Van Dyck and Stuart patronage; Hogarth's London; Joshua Reynolds and the Royal Academy; Gainsborough and Lawrence; Romanticism and the landscape - Constable and Turner; Victorian art; British Modernism; post-war art; BritArt, the YBAs, Tate Modern and Saatchi. A selection of iconic artworks accessible in major London collections comprises the core of works discussed on the course.
By the end of this course you should be able to:
- Recognise the work of different British artists
- Describe British art from different periods and express an informed personal response
- Understand the social and cultural background to the development of a British national school
What level is the course?
The course is open to all. No prior knowledge of the subject is required.
How will I be taught?
Each week there will be a slide presentation by the tutor. There will also be some pairs and small group activities. Each week there will opportunity for group discussion.
Are there any other costs (e.g. certification, materials, equipment or books I need to buy)?
No. However, you may wish to buy some of the books on the reading list.
What feedback will I get?
All students complete a statement of learning form at the beginning and end of the course to assess their achievement. The pairs and small group activities in class will enable you to check your understanding with other students and the tutor. The tutor will provide informal feedback during class discussion. You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made.
Will I have a chance to give my views on the course?
Yes, please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses.