AH/FA 390 - Western Art and the Convergence of Technique and Philosophy

The premise of the course is based upon a traditional Fine Art education comprising of both Practical and Art Historical elements. The course is divided into six different artistic movements. Each movement will begin with an Art Historical ‘background’ lesson followed by a practical class the following week in either the National Gallery or Tate Britain, related to that movement. For example, in studying the Italian Renaissance, students will draw ‘about’ the concepts of linear perspective (an artistic innovation of that time & place) in front of the appropriate paintings. The artistic movements taught will encompass artistic styles from all over the world. For example, the Renaissance looks at Italy’s greatest contribution to art, the Romantics and Secessionists bring in some of northern Europe’s most famous artists, Paul Gauguin’s work takes us to Tahiti and the South Pacific, Mary Cassatt brings in the most famous American Impressionist and, of course, British art is well covered during most lessons. London being a major European Art Capital provides a rich and varied source of research and opportunity.

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Art History
Fine Arts

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