What is the course about?
This visit-based course looks at some iconic examples of C20th art, architecture, and design to trace a chronological history of modern art. Can be studied alone or as a sequel to VB221 - The History of Art in a 100 Paintings.
What will we cover?
• The history of Modern Art from 1900 to the 1970s
• Styles such as Fauvism, Cubism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Pop Art and so on in paintings, sculptures, installations and so on through fifty key works
• The relationship between art and theory (colour theory, manifestos).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Have a good understanding of the chronology of Modern Art from 1900 to the 1970s
• Recognise 50 key works in the history of Modern Art and be able to analyse them
• Have a good grasp of debates around art theory and practice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
TThis course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, handouts 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?
The course will be taught with a mixture of guided gallery visits, group discussion and short group activities. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course.
Please note we are unable to guarantee stools in the rooms that we visit so you might have to stand and to walk between objects.
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. You might want to invest in a portable gallery stool.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in:
VB849 - Contemporary art concepts
VB155 / VB156 / VB157 - Contemporary art in London.
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