Some "isms" Explored

Ref: C3746993

Many people, especially those with an interest in art will be at least familiar with art historical terms such as Romanticism or Impressionism, or Cubism, even Modernism or Postmodernism and may actually have some understanding of the traits and imperatives that these terms represent. It is true to say, however, that the world of art is awash with terms that describe art movements, techniques, and trends that have adopted or have been bestowed with that curious suffix 'ism' too. Some familiar others less so, some even rather obscure. What are, for example, the art movements of Lettrism, or Situationism? What does tenebrism mean? What precisely is Minimalism? Or, Regionalism, Neoplasticism, and Maximalism? If you have ever been baffled by this dizzying array of art terms, this six-course will offer some answers to these questions by exploring a range of 'isms' and their social-cultural and art historical significance and meaning. Let the journey of discovery begin!

Course aim

The art world is full of 'isms,' some familiar others less so, some obscure. This six-week course will explore some of the perhaps lesser-known art movements, techniques, and trends, that have been identified with that curious suffix 'ism.'

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 a range of art movements, techniques, and trends within the visual arts employing appropriate language and terminology
  • historically situate the origins and characteristics of a variety of 'isms' through the employment of suitable art terms and language
  • consider some of the theoretical debates that went to inform the development of art
  • analyse and recognise artworks that hail from a variety of the art movements under discussion using 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 supplied 2. If you wish to take notes, writing materials will be required

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Some "isms" Explored


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