History Of Art: Prehistory to the 19th Century – Online
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.
The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class.
If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: MWEnquiries@marywardcentre.ac.uk or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu
Your tutor, Dr Theokritos Papadopoulos, is an artist, art history and critical theory lecturer. He completed his MA and PhD at Central Saint Martins looking at the development of the Western Avant-garde and its relationship to trauma. He participated to international conferences and published texts about art, in art theory magazines and Academia.
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. (Autumn term)
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.
By the end of the course you should be able to:
- Identify the key features of the three main periods of the Stone Age and how art and architecture developed from Mesopotamia to Rome.
- Identify and name different forms of art throughout these periods.
- Describe the main materials used to create pieces of art.
- Examine the relationship between art, architecture, artefacts and the environment.
What will it be like
Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on group activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and reading groups.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives.
What else do you need to buy or do
The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:
You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.
You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.
Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quite and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.
By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.
What this course could lead to
Further Study with Mary Ward Centre. (Modern Art history)
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Got a Question about this Course?
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Why choose Mary Ward?
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