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Art History - Portraits and People Modernism to Contemporary Art - Online Live

Day of week:
Real time Online
Mixed Level
10:00 - 12:00
5 weeks

This course has started, but it may still be possible to join it. Please call 03000 41 40 25* and ask to be put through to the Centre where the course is running

This is course is delivered online.
This course will explore portraits and paintings of people from Modernism to the Contemporary period and the stories and symbolism behind them. Students will have the opportunity to discover the development of portraiture and paintings of the figure throughout these eras and their relevance within art history. In addition, the course will present how recent artists have been able to challenge conventional ideas and depict themselves and others in unexpected and creative ways.
Featured artists will include: Frida Kahlo, Lucian Freud, David Hockney, Billy Childish and Jenny Saville, plus comparisons with other relevant artists.

Learning Outcomes:

• Demonstrate a knowledge of different portrait and figurative artists
• Identify art styles relevant to individual artist
• Recognise how specific artists challenged conventions
• Develop and justify point of view
• Take part in discussion with other students

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Deborah Crofts

Deborah Crofts is a practicing artist with a studio on the South Coast of Kent. She has a BA Fine Art from the University of East London and a PGCE gained at the University of Greenwich.

View all courses taught by Deborah Crofts here

How will I be taught?

This will be through illustrated lectures, group work and discussion.
This course will be delivered through real time and remote learning. Students will join the class from home and be able to exchange and in interact with other learners as they would in the classroom (speaking, listening, writing in the chat box). This measure is dictated by circumstances and the course will be delivered back in the classroom as soon as possible. Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstrations, one to one guidance, group discussions and critiques. You will look at the work of contemporary and historical artists and you will keep a sketchbook/notebook and individual learning plan (ILP) to record goals, ideas, processes and progress. Students will need to understand the potential benefit from the programme of study, read and interpret ideas, communicate responses that are clear, logical and understandable and manage your own time. You will undertake critical reflection and evaluation and be motivated to develop creative skills and enhance/develop personal skills.

What do I need to have with me?

A notebook and pen.
Computer equipped with a camera and a microphone, from a laptop (where the camera and microphone should be built-in), a tablet or a smartphone.

What can I do next?

We offer several Art History courses. Your tutor will be able to advise. Alternatively please visit our website at for more details.

What do I need to join the course

Everyone is welcome. No previous knowledge or experience needed.
It is important to note that art courses are practical and require a degree of manual dexterity.
You can access the class from your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Before each lesson, the tutor may send you by email essential lesson information/handouts for you to consult in advance.

Before the class starts, the tutor will have sent you by email all planned information on how the tutor will communicate and any social media methods to be used.

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If you require any information about joining this online course then please call 03000 41 40 25* and quote the Course Code FOL/95462/J/NC.

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