Course - Looking at paintings

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  • Objectives
    An introduction to European painting, looking at masterpieces in major London galleries. We will cover different painting techniques and genres (landscape, portrait and history painting) for a basic understanding and increased enjoyment of Western art.
  • Course description
    What topics will we cover?

    Each week focuses on a famous painting in a major London collection. The sequence is chronological beginning with the early Renaissance and ending with the twentieth century. All the main periods and genres of painting will be covered. The pictures are: Duccio, The Annunciation; Uccello, The Battle of San Romano; Memling, The Donne Triptych; Raphael, Portrait of Pope Julius II; Titian, Bacchus and Ariadne; Hals, The Laughing Cavalier; Canaletto, Old Walton Bridge over the Thames; Turner, The Golden Bough; Brigit Riley, Hesitate.

    By the end of this course you should be able to:

    - Recognise different periods and styles of painting
    - Understand the uses and functions of different types of paintings
    - Describe paintings from different periods and express an informed personal response

    What level is the course?

    The course is open to all. No prior knowledge of the subject is required.

    How will I be taught?

    Slide presentation by the tutor with the opportunity for group discussion at the end. There will also be some pairs and small group activities. At week 6 the afternoon class includes a guided visit to the National Gallery? meet at the Sainsbury Wing entrance.

    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. 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. Styles in Art and the Isms of Twentieth Century Art are designed to follow on from Looking at Paintings and may interest you.

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