About the Course
Explore London art galleries and exhibition spaces, commercial galleries and museums. Visit a series of different exhibitions spanning a variety of periods, movements and approaches in art; from historic to contemporary; painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography and film. Sessions include short talks on the artist/ works and themes as well as facilitated group discussion with the opportunity to draw in the gallery where appropriate. Guided by two tutors specialising in art history and painting, this term we will visit : Beginners welcome
By the end of the course you will be able to
Learn about a variety of artworks/ artists and art historical themes and ideas in a gallery setting
Develop confidence in analysing art, in particular in a gallery/ museum context
Understand how to respond to the work on display through drawing and other practical tasks where appropriate
Class format and activities
At the first session you will be given a list of exhibitions we will be visiting during the course. You will also be presented with 2 lectures that explore the themes and ideas you'll be focussing on in the course. In following weeks you’ll be meeting up at the Parasol Unit, the Saatchi Gallery, The Wallace Collection and Tate Britain. You will learn in a range of ways – short talks, facilitated group discussion and some practical tasks in the galleries. You will explore a range of fine art practices – such as painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography and film from a variety of periods – historical to modern.
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.
There are no entry requirements for this course. It is open to anyone interested in art history and fine art. Beginners as well as more experienced students are welcome.
What you need to know before you enrol
As most of the course is gallery based, there will be times when you will be required to stand, walk and view and discuss artworks. This, as well as any practical tasks set will involve a basic level of physical stamina. Where possible, we will organise stools to sit on whilst drawing from and discussing artworks.
What you will need for your class
You may wish to bring your own portable stool and a notebook (to take notes during talks/ discussion).
If you would like to draw, please bring a sketchbook (preferably A3) as well as simple drawing materials (e.g. a range of pencils, pencil eraser, sharpener if you have them). Any other materials will be provided.
A phone is useful for keeping in contact with your tutor and the group while on location.
What you can do next
You may wish to continue with further terms in this course as each term is different – an exhibition is never visited more than once. Practicing artists will find this this course very useful in being able to keep in touch with what’s happening in the London art scene and to help generate ideas and inform their own studio practice. Students new to art may go on to study other art appreciation/ art theory/ practical art courses.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.