Art evolutions: Pre-Raphaelites to Expressionism

Course Dates: 01/10/19 - 03/12/19
Time: 18:00 - 20:10
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Explore art and culture in the late 19th century, focussing on the major developments in modern art including the Pre-Raphaelites, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Symbolism, and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.


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.

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An excellent course taken by a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/12/2018)
The tutor was excellent and extremely knowledgeable. There is a great deal of material packed in so I would recommend you do some prior reading and research, although not a necessity.
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Review by Bill Critchley / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
It's pitched at the right level, both for beginners and the more experienced, and delivered in a down-to-earth enjoyable way.
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Review by Martin / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
Well organised course. Excellent tutor with supplementary handouts to take home to review & study.
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Review by ALC / (Posted on 13/08/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Elizabeth Eyres

Liz Keevill Eyres worked as a textile designer in the fashion industry for four years and then as a magazine journalist specializing in interior design for 13 years. Her first degree was at Camberwell School of Art which she did at the same time as completing a degree in History and Art History with the Open University. Liz studied and has taught at Kingston University, where she lead modules and lectured in history of art, design history and architecture for ten years and ran study visits both at home and abroad. Liz has researched into English Modernist textile design of the 1950s and the professional practice of the provincial Edwardian architect, in particular Norwich-based architect George Skipper.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: VB816

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Tue, eve, 01 Oct - 03 Dec '19

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £249.00
Senior fee: £249.00
Concession: £152.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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