Art of the Word

Ref: C3746992

The relationship between image and text, art and literature has been an ancient, complex, and utterly fascinating one. From cave art and illuminated manuscripts to the collaborative friendships between artists and writers, the creation of now iconic book covers and illustrations by famous artists, through Cubism, Dada, Futurism, Surrealism, and Pop Art, as well as contemporary conceptual artists that base their practice on text in its various forms, the art of the word has, quite literally, forever narrated the multiple stories of our world. This ten-week course will explore an eclectic range of these relationships and contexts, both cultural and personal, in an attempt to foster a deeper understanding of just how the art of the word has shaped artistic production and informed our interpretation of narrative and texts. Why join not us and be part of the exploration?

Course aim

This course will explore the fascinating relationship between image and text, art and literature in the visual arts from illuminated manuscripts to contemporary artists using text as the basis of their work.

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 a range of historical and contemporary socio-cultural issues and debates associated with text and the visual arts employing appropriate language and terminology
  • historically situate the origins and characteristics of the relationship between text and image through the employment of suitable art terms and language
  • consider some of the theoretical debates that inform the development text and art and its critical reception
  • endeavour to analyse artworks that contain text 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. If you wish to take notes, writing material will be required

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Art of the Word

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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