Highlights of Tate Britain

Ref: C3747062

In this short course will will endeavour to discover the flavour of British art by looking at a handful of works in the collection of Tate Britain, which is displayed to show the achievements of British artists and as a consequence has a rather different flavour to the work in the National Gallery, which is mostly European. Our journey will involve an investigation of art that has been assembled to tell the story of British art in the period from the beginning of the Renaissance. We will begin with a discussion of the work of Nicholas Hillyard and Elizabethan painting and will then follow a chronological trail through Hogarth, Constable and Turner, The Pre Raphaelites and the abstract or modern artists of the 20th century such as Epstein and Hepworth. This will give us the opportunity to discuss wether the collection does in fact give us a good idea of what artists in Britain were concerned with and whether there is indeed a national flavour to the art in the gallery.

Course aim

This short course will investigate the collection of Tate Britain in order to better understand the development of British art and collecting in Britain from the late medieval period to the present day.

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:

  • Identify works by William Hogarth.
  • Identify and describe at least one work by John Constable and JMW Turner.
  • Begin to discuss the development of landscape painting in Britain in the 19th century.
  • Describe and discuss the contribution of either Jacob Epstein or Barbara Hepworth to British art.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You do not need to bring anything else to this course.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Highlights of Tate Britain

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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