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About the Course
Do you know your Baroque from your Bauhaus? In this survey of design and decorative style from the Renaissance to the Post-war period, learn how to look at objects with a connoisseur ‘s eye.
By the end of the course you will be able to
Recognise mainstream decorative trends in Western decorative art and design through visual analysis.
Gain confidence in dating works of art through knowledge of key motifs and ideas
Enrich your experience of historic and modern interiors and museum collections.
Class format and activities
This course presents an overview of major movements in the history of Western decorative art and design, covering the period from c.1450 to 1960. It will examine a range of objects including textiles, ceramics, furniture and metalwork, as well as integrated decorative interior schemes. The fine arts of painting and sculpture will be cross-referenced to enhance the understanding of changes in the artistic environment as a whole. Collections and historic sites that are easily accessible will be highlighted so that group members are able to visit works referenced during the course in their own time.
All sessions will be taught in an informal lecture/ discussion format with Powerpoint presentations. There will be a 15-minute break in the middle of the evening. Students are encouraged to engage in discussion.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
What you need to know before you enrol
This class takes place in B13 which is accessible by stairs and lift.
What you will need for your class
Notebook, pen and sketch pads if desired.
What you can do next:
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