In this evening course, participants will develop their knowledge and understanding of the artists and artworks produced through the periods from the Renaissance to contemporary art and become confident in expressing thoughts and opinions about art within its historical and sociological context.
Divided into three terms, the first term will begin with the historical influences of the early Italian Renaissance period covering the works of artists including Masaccio and Paolo Uccello to Leonardo da Vinci and Titian through to Michelangelo and Raphael ending with Caravaggio and Carracci. The second term focuses on pivotal art movements of Neoclassicism. The third term focuses on the rise of contemporary art and explores how colour was harnessed by Matisse and Derain, through to the pop art movements with Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.
The programme is curated with a flexible design to offer participants the options to undertake the full certificate programme or to enrol in individual terms.
What you will learn
- The artists and artworks produced through the periods of the Renaissance to contemporary art
- How to express thoughts and opinions about art within its historical and sociological context
- How to research and write from an art historical perspective about these major artistic periods (applies to full certificate option only)
All students will receive a letter of completion at the end of the course. For those students who submit the essay at the end of the course will be eligible to receive a Christie's Education Certificate.
This term focuses on the Renaissance in Italy and Northern Europe, discussing the rise of the independent artist, the development of complex new media, the transformation of subject matter and the influence of scientific and mathematical innovations.
1. Creating New Ground – This first session will look at the pioneering work of Giotto and seek to explain how a new interest in perspective and realism created a shift in late medieval picture making
2. Making Space – Looking at the works of Masaccio and Paolo Uccello, this session will look at how the science of perspective heralded the early Italian Renaissance.
3. Capturing Reflections – This session will be spent looking at how perfecting painting in oils created new possibilities in the Netherlandish art of Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden.
4. A New Order –The works of Piero della Francesca and Botticelli will be the focus of this session exploring how new ideas borrowed from antiquity influenced the Renaissance.
5. New Visions – This week will seek to explain the imagined and disturbing works of Hieronymus Bosch and how invention and creation in the art of the northern Renaissance still relied on medieval imagery.
6. The Renaissance Men – Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer’s works will be explored in a bid to make visible not the just the impact of pictures in the renaissance but the shift in the status of artists.
7. Telling Tales – This week the mythological paintings made in Venice by Titian will demonstrate how classical mythologies were told through the medium of painting.
8. Perfection Attained – The High Renaissance in Rome will be studied through the colossal achievements and rivalries of Michelangelo and Raphael.
9. Perfection Inflated – This week will ask why the stretched and twisted figures of the mannerist images of Pontormo and Brozino will be studied
10. A Return to the Real – This session will explore how Caravaggio and the Carracci returned to the practice of direct observation at the turn of the new century.
This term will cover the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and look at how the transformation of patronage, the new functions of religious art, the innovations in painting technique and the rise of new subject matter impacted on the arts from the Baroque era to the Industrial Revolution.
1. Artists at Court – This new term will beginning with the art of Rubens and Velázquez and look at how the relationship between artists and kings heralded a new role in society for artists.
2. Painting for a New Republic – This session will look at the works of the Dutch Golden Age and seek to explain why artists such as Vermeer, Franz Hals and Jan Steen created a new visual language to meets the needs of a new nation.
3. Method and Order – This session explore the developments in the works of Poussin and Claude which created ordered classical visions and developed an Italianate tradition of landscape painting.
4. Disorder and Decadence – Through the paintings of Watteau, Fragonard and Boucher, this week will chart the fanciful and seemingly light-hearted style of the French Rococo.
5. Romantic Visions – The session will look at the romantic era and its expression in the works of Caspar David Friedrich, Delacroix and Ingres
6. Pleasant Lands – This week will focus on the development of the Golden Age of British painting encompassing the works of Gainsborough, Constable and Turner
7. Realist Visions – This session will explore the shift against the idealism of the academy, focusing on how the wave of industrialisation brought about the works of Courbet, Millet and Manet
8. Painting is Dead! – This week will focus on the birth of photography and how its invention transformed and influenced the use, purpose and look of paintings.
9. A Mere Impression – This session will be focusing on the work of Monet, Renoir and Degas and how these artistic radicals created a new visual language to describe a world shaken by the industrial revolution.
10. After Impressions: Post-Impressionism – This week will focus on Post-Impressionism and how Gauguin, Van Gogh and Seurat pushed the works of the preceding generation to increasing abstraction.
This last term charts the development in art from the work of the late nineteenth century to the present. We will look at how industrialisation, war, political upheaval, technology and consumerism shaped new visual languages fit to describe the modern world.
1. Joy and Anger in Colour – This week the Fauve works of Matisse and Derain and the works of the German Expressionism will explore how colour was harnest to explore human emotions.
2. Death to the Past: Futurism & Supremacism - This session will explore how modern art became a pan-European phenomenon and look at the works of Italian futurists Boccioni and Balla and the Russian artist Malevich.
3. Shattered Visions: Cubism – This week will explore how Picasso and Braque created a new and influential visual language at the start of the new century.
4. Alternate Realities: Surrealism – This week will look at the works of Surrealist and Dada artists and look at how the catastrophe of modern warfare was responded to by Dali, Magritte and Duchamp.
5. Pure Painting: Abstract Expressionism – This session will look at how modern art shifted from its base in Paris to New York in the wake of the Second World War and how artists like Rothko and Pollock moved modern art to complete abstraction.
6. Art in Space – This week will focus on twentieth century sculpture and how the concerns of modern art were expressed in three dimensions by artist such as Rodin, Brancusi and Moore.
7. Here it is Again: Pop Art – This session will look at the work of Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol and investigate how the visual language of mass media and advertising was absorbed and questioned by the visual arts.
8. An Art of the Body and Mind: Conceptualism & Land Art – This week will look at how art became simultaneously intellectualised and physically experiential in the works of artist such as Joseph Kosuth, On Kawara and Richard Long.
9. Photography as Art – In a world where the photographic image has become ubiquitous with contemporary living, this week will look at how the fine art have embraced photography as an art medium.
10. Return to the Real – After the advent of complete abstraction and in an area of mass production, capitalism and consumerism, this last session will look at how painting today is making a return to realism.
Term One Dates:
30 September 2019
7 October 2019
14 October 2019
28 October 2019
4 November 2019
11 November 2019
18 November 2019
25 November 2019
2 December 2019
9 December 2019
Term Two Dates:
13 January 2020
20 January 2020
27 January 2020
3 February 2020
17 February 2020
24 February 2020
2 March 2020
9 March 2020
16 March 2020
23 March 2020
Term Three Dates:
30 March 2020
6 April 2020
20 April 2020
27 April 2020
11 May 2020
18 May 2020
1 June 2020
8 June 2020
15 June 2020
22 June 2020
Students wishing to be eligible for the Christie's Education Certificate* must complete the following:
- Students must attend all 30 sessions
- The submission of one 1,500 - 2,000 word essay (selected from a list of essay topics from the handbook)
*The Certificate is awarded Christie's Education and is not credit bearing. For students seeking credit bearing study please refer to our master's programme in Art History and Art World Practice.
Am I Eligible?
Am I Eligible?
There are no prerequisites for admission onto this course.
Term Dates and How to Register
Term Dates and How to Register
Full Certificate: £1,500 - Register Now
Per Term : £600
30 September - 9 December 2019 - Register Now
Half Term: 21 October
13 January - 23 March 2020 - Register Now
Half Term: 10 February
30 March -22 June 2020 - Register Now
Easter: 13 April
May Bank Holiday: 4 May
Half Term: 25 May
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What is Included in the Course?
The library is open for use by the Foundations of Western Art Certificate students for reference only during library opening hours (Monday – Friday 9.00am – 6.00pm and until 8.00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays during term time). Students will need to sign in at reception on arrival.
What is Included in the Course?
This Christie’s Continuing Education course includes refreshments on the final evening.