Extended history of modern art in 50 works

Course Dates: 29/04/20 - 08/07/20
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: OS - Off Site

This gallery-based course looks at some iconic examples of 20th century art, architecture, and design to trace a chronological history of modern art.


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


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Great way to find some 'value' in what many consider are challenging works of Art
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Review by Tim / (Posted on 03/07/2019)
Fantastic introduction to modern art taught by a very knowledgable and engaging tutor
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 02/07/2019)
An excellent course for anyone wishing to try to understand modern and contemporary art with an enthusiastic tutor
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 29/06/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Sarah Jaffray

Sarah Jaffray received her BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in French Modernism and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London to be with her family. For the past three years she has worked as an educator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum and at Wellcome Collection. Her interests include Modernism, drawing, artistic process, collaboration, cultural theory, and the intersection of art and technology. She is currently researching the relationship of language and drawing.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: VB309

Wed, day, 29 Apr - 08 Jul '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £249.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £152.00

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

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or call 020 7492 2652

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online Help Center. You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.

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