Styles in art

Course Dates: 28/01/20 - 31/03/20
Time: 10:30 - 12:40
Location: KS - Keeley Street

A survey of Western art from the Gothic to the Victorian age, discussing Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism, and the ideas shaping each period.


What is the course about?

A survey of Western art from the Gothic to the Victorian Age focusing on different styles and periods. Works of art are discussed in class and placed in a historical and cultural context.

What will we cover?

Different styles and periods will be presented in the following chronological order: pre-Renaissance – Gothic and Byzantine traditions; the Renaissance in Italy; the Renaissance in northern Europe; High Renaissance and Mannerism; Baroque and Rococo; Dutch art from the Golden Age; Neo-Classicism; Romanticism and Realism.
Each class will feature a selection of key paintings, sculpture and architecture and the major artists associated with that week’s style.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Place the work of a number of artists in their stylistic periods
• Demonstrate an understanding of the historical and cultural contexts in which the artists discussed were working
• Use style labels and art terms with more confidence.

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, 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?

Slide presentation by the tutor with the opportunity for group discussion at the end. There will also be some pair and small group activities. The afternoon class includes a guided visit to the National Gallery – meet at the Sainsbury Wing entrance.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no additional costs, but you are advised to bring a notebook to the classes. You may also like to purchase a couple of books suggested on handouts during the course and are also encouraged to use the Build library and explore recommended sites on the internet.
Please note we are unable to guarantee stools in the rooms in the gallery visit so you might have to stand and to walk between objects.

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


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

An interesting historical summary of the different art movements and how they connect. We also looked at some of the symbolism and meanings behind the paintings. The course was also well taught by a knowledgeable tutor.
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Review by Michael. / (Posted on 26/03/2019)
A wonderful trip through the styles in art with plenty of illustration plus background on the artists from a very knowledgeable tutor. An excellent introduction to the subject.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 15/03/2019)
I would emphasise the serious investigative purpose that underpins the teaching. It covers a huge amount of ground but disseminates the knowledge with a light touch.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 14/03/2019)
Really interesting course with a great tutor. Makes me want to do more.
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Review by John / (Posted on 12/03/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Leslie Primo

Leslie Primo has spent more than 15 years giving lectures to the general public at the National Gallery for the Information and Education departments. During this time he graduated with a degree in History of Art and an MA in Renaissance Studies from Birkbeck, University College of London. In his studies he specialised in early Medieval and Renaissance studies, including, Italian Renaissance Drawing, Art and Architecture in Europe 1250-1400 Art and Architecture in Europe 1400-1500, Medici and Patronage, Narrative Painting in the Age of Giotto, and the work of Peter Paul Rubens focusing on his paintings of the Judgement of Paris, and Greek Myth in paintings. He is also an accredited Art Society lecturer.

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: VB105

Tue, day, 28 Jan - 31 Mar '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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

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

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