What is the course about?
Spend a day at the V&A exploring different examples of material culture in medieval and renaissance Europe. We will be looking at sculpture, metal and glassware, tapestries and ceramics. We look at changes in the styles of architecture, decorative arts and sculpture from the Romanesque through to the Gothic and Renaissance.
What will we cover?
• Stylistic changes in from the medieval to the renaissance in paintings
• Depictions of courtly life in renaissance tapestries
• Changes in sculptural styles and the influence of classical Greece and Rome on the renaissance
• Materials and techniques and how their use effects the decorative effects achieved
• Displays of status and piety across the periods discussed.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Describe 2 key stylistic differences between late medieval and renaissance paintings
- Describe 2 key stylistic differences between late medieval and renaissance sculpture
- Discuss how the decorative arts were used to display status and piety.
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?
The course will be taught offsite with 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.
Gallery entry is free. There will be a break for lunch in the V&A restaurant – lunch is not included.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in:
• VB611 - Collectors and Curiosities - at the V&A
• VB629 - From the Grand Tour to the Great Exhibition at the V&A.
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