10 Artists You Should Know

Ref: C3747438

Most anyone who has an interest in art will at least be aware of the big art names; Leonard, Michelangelo, Titian, Raphael, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Pollock are only a sample of the names people will be familiar with, all the subjects of extensive research, books, films, exhibitions, documentaries or TV dramas, along with many other equally famous practitioners. What about the lesser known but equally talented and innovative artists who do not receive the same deluge of analysis, attention and adulation? Was the Renaissance only about Leonardo and Co? Clearly not. During every period there have, in fact, lived numerous esteemed, innovative, successful and much sought after artists, male and female, who today receive little or no attention by comparison. This course will endeavour to redress this imbalance somewhat by featuring an eclectic array of 10 artists, the art they produced, the periods they lived in. Why not join what should be a fascinating art journey?

Course aim

This course will explore the art, lives, and historical and socio-cultural periods of ten artists. It will consider critical reactions to their work and what influence they may have had on other artists, as well as art and visual culture in general

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • discuss the lives and work of ten artists from a variety of periods from the Renaissance onwards employing appropriate language and terminology
  • historically situate the origins and discourses surrounding the art of ten practitioners employing suitable art terms and language
  • consider visual culture developments from an informed historical perspective
  • endeavour to analyse artworks employing appropriate language and terminology with more confidence

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

1. A suggested reading list will be provided 2. Writing materials will be required for notetaking if so desired

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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10 Artists You Should Know


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