History Of Art: Prehistory to the 19th Century
This course aims to provide an overview of the key stylistic developments and innovations in the visual arts up until the middle of the 19th century. The course will look at significant art works within the context of culture, religion, technology, social and political developments.
Term 1: Stone Age, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Crete and Minoa, Greece, Rome;
Term 2: India, China and Japan, Byzantium and Islam, Middle Ages, Low and High Renaissance;
Term 3: Venetian and Northern Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Neoclassicism; Romanticism, Realism.
Who is this course for
This course is for anyone with an interest in understanding more about the visual arts and how they have evolved and developed over time.
The course is also suitable for students who are on higher level or progression course like Pre-Foundation, Foundation and Advanced Creative Practice (or even at University) who want a better understanding of how certain styles or art practices came about and how they have influenced artists through time.
What does this course cover
This course aims to provide an overview of the key stylistic developments and innovations in the visual arts up until the twentieth century. The course will look at significant art works within the context of culture, religion, technology, social and political developments.
Part 1 Stone Age, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Crete & Minoa, Greece, Rome
Part 2 India, China and Japan; Byzantium and Islam; Middle Ages; Low and High Renaissance,
Part 3 Venetian and Northern Renaissance, Mannerism; Baroque; Neoclassicism; Romanticism; Realism.
What will it be like
There will be slide presentations and tutor lectures.
There will also be group discussions and question and answer sessions around culture, religion, technology, social and political developments, in relation to the development of the visual arts.
What else do you need to buy or do
Please bring a notebook and pen to make notes. The tutor will also recommend further reading and works of art to look at to deepen your knowledge and understanding.
What this course could lead to
As the 20th century is not covered on the course, you may wish to attend Twentieth Century Art movements or Understanding Contemporary art. Similarly Art trail visits various galleries and museums around London to look at and talk about art.
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Got a Question about this Course?
Contact The Departmental Administrator.
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