What is the course about?
The course explores the major art movements and critical theories which have influenced the making and reading of Western art since 1860. It will also consider the impact of photography, the influence of art from Africa, Japan and Oceania upon the European avant-gardes, and the changing metropolis.
What will we cover?
The course follows a broadly chronological survey of the major phases in modern art from 1860, including: Realism; Impressionism in the city and in the lndscape; the invention and proliferation of photography; Orientalism; British art: the Pre-Raphaelites, Victorian narrative painting; Aestheticism and Decadence; Art Nouveau: the Vienna Secession (Klimt), Jugendstil; Divisionism – Cloisonnism- the ‘Nabis’; Synthetism and Fauvism.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Recognise different styles/types of modern art
- Describe works of modern art and express an informed personal response
- Demonstrate an understanding of the socio-cultural contexts for modern art.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be a slide presentation by the tutor with opportunities for group discussion throughout. There will also be some pair and small group activities. Handouts including slide lists will be provided weekly.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to bring a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class, or visit some of the exhibitions recommended.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may like to take the other courses in this series on modern art:
VB141/ VB816 - Art evolutions: Post-Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism
VB142 - Art evolutions: Pop to post-internet art.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details