Looking at Non-European Art Objects

Ref: C3128715

Following an initial introduction, the sessions review paintings and poetry from Tang and Song dynasty China, Buddhist Gandharan sculpture and paintings at Ajanta, Maya cosmic sculpture, ancient artefacts of the American South-West, and nomadic art from Eurasia. The course will also pay attention to the collections of non-European art in British museums and galleries, including artefacts and sculpture from the ancient civilisations of Sumer and Egypt. A detailed calendar indicating topics and close-views for each session is provided at the start of the course.

Course aim

The aim of this course will be to consider a number of approaches to understanding and enjoying a range of non-European art objects. The course will view specific works from many countries and periods using a particular art historical focus.

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:

  • Use a basic vocabulary to describe visual works of art.
  • Recognise the functions behind the production of different kinds of art.
  • Recognise traits of particular period styles and geographical regions from the works discussed.
  • Identify specific traits in a variety of works of art.
  • Recognise aspects of historical and geographical contexts for a variety of visual works.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

The course uses a selection of images and written documents. The course is delivered through a series of illustrated talks, making use of the papers participants are encouraged to read in their own time.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Looking at Non-European Art Objects

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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