What is the course about?
Always wondered about art history and how to interpret paintings? On this course you will look at a wide range of images and explore broad questions such as how the picture is made, what is depicted, why and what it means. We will examine areas such as how historical context affects our reading of a work, the importance or not of the artistes intention, the relationship of art to ideas and the role of the artist in society.
What topics will we cover?
The course covers a wide range of art historical ideas, concepts and critical frameworks. The course is not an historical survey of periods and styles. Rather, we look at how specific artworks can be interpreted and explained. The course includes introductions to recent developments in the theory and practice of art history, for example the newer approaches to display in museum and galleries. There will be time for students to bring up points of interest that they wish to address.
By the end of this course you should be able to:
- Use an expanded vocabulary of contemporary art terms and concepts.
- An ability to evaluate art critically.
- Understand the range of contexts that affect the viewing experience.
- Increased confidence speaking in a group.
What level is the course?
The course is open to all. No prior knowledge of the subject is required.
How will I be taught?
Mornings will be spent in lectures/discussions at the college. The afternoons will be used to visit three galleries; The National Gallery on the first Sunday, with Tate Modern and the British Museum in subsequent weeks. In each we will look at specific works in detail.
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?
Your tutor will give you feedback both individually and through group discussion.
Your progress will be regularly assessed and monitored by your tutor taking into account class work and homework where appropriate. The tutor will record your progress and provide informal, regular feedback throughout the course. At the end of your study programme you will be asked to self-assess your own progress and achievement against the course objectives above. The tutor will endorse your assessment which will be formally recorded on a standard form (the Statement of Learning).
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.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may like to take some of other courses in art history on offer. Modern Art 1950-2006 may interest you