What is the course about?
The unique character of Venice, city of water and mazes, makes its Biennale of Contemporary Art a very special experience. Sculptures and installations from all over the world appear on bridges, in churches, in palazzos. This three-day tour explores the 2017 Biennale as well as the art of the Venetian Renaissance. See innovative altarpieces by Bellini and Titian, admire Veronese’s controversial Feast in the House of Levi and Tintoretto’s moving canvases for the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. There will be a reasonable amount of walking between venues.
Please note: The course fee covers three full days of guided visits and all entrances to museums, churches, and the Biennale. It does not include flights, accommodation, meals etc. which you will be required to book independently.
THIS COURSE IS NOW CONFIRMED – feel free to book your hotels and accommodation once you have signed up for the course
PLEASE NOTE: Now that the course is confirmed, it is exempt from our refunds and transfers policy.
What will we cover?
- The history and layout of the city and its patrons
- The Scuola Grande and the Scuola Piccola and patronage
- The development of Venetian painting from the Vivarini and Bellini workshops to Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese
- The Venice Biennale and trends in contemporary art.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Recognise and identify key buildings in Venice
- Describe the role of the schools and artistic patronage
- Follow the connections in the development of Venetian painting from the Early to the High Renaissance
- Describe the function and character of the Venice Biennale and talk with greater confidence about contemporary art trends.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to all. No prior knowledge is required other than a general interest in art and architecture.
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?
You will be taught through guided visits and discussions. There will be breaks throughout the day, as well as a break for lunch. The pace will be determined by the group.
This course will be held in Venice at various venues including the Accademia, the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, the Arsenale, Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.
There will be a reasonable amount of walking between venues. We cannot guarantee stools at venues.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will be required to book and pay for your own travel, accommodation, food, etc. Please ensure you have travel
insurance. NB. Please not book anything until we have confirmed that the course will take place.
Please also make sure you bring comfortable shoes and something waterproof. There will be a reasonable amount
of walking between venues and some looking at buildings from the outside. Please note you are responsible for
getting yourself to and from meeting points so please bring a city map/app.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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