Course Outline

Module 1

History of Western Art

As the title suggests this module introduces the course to the student in broad terms. It will introduce artistic styles, specific artistic movements, pivotal paintings and artists. The subject matter will explain painting structure; technique, medium, style, approach and themes from cave decorations to contemporary art. It will include relevant sculptures, applied art and architecture and demonstrate how the works of art are historically and artistically connected.

Module 2

The Renaissance

Considered by many to be the greatest period of creative and intellectual achievement, the author discusses the Renaissance from its origins in 13th century humanism to the 16th century when the artistic climate in Europe changed dramatically. Focusing on the works by notable artists of the period and discussing styles and themes, the author provides an understanding of the great cultural, intellectual and social transformation that swept across Europe at that time.

Module 3

Seventeenth Century Art

This module discusses the artistic, religious and cultural movements of the 17th century and how these spread across the continent of Europe. The course will explain the artistic styles of the period and how technical and social advancements inspired the artists and their patrons.

Module 4

Eighteenth Century Art

The author explores the developments primarily in European fine arts of the 18th century. While the focus will be on painting, other media including drawing, prints and sculpture will be included alongside aspects of landscape gardening and interior design. The module explains how war, religion, commerce and the pursuit of empire came to influence the art and culture of the time.

Module 5

Nineteenth Century Art

Here the course concentrates on 19th century painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, architecture and decorative arts across the western world. The 19th century is a rich period, artistically and historically from the Revolutions in France and America up to the end of the Victorian era; a period when art and artists were influenced by conflict, by industrial advancement, by travel and by the development of consumerism.

Module 6

The Impressionists & Beyond

The impressionist painters of the 19th century were so influential on the future development of art that they warrant a separate module. The styles, techniques and philosophy of this major movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries will be discussed in detail, as will the artists’ avant garde lifestyles and the public’s initial reaction to what today is recognised as a hugely influential period in art.

Module 7

Art Deco & Art Nouveau

The two different and instantly recognisable 20th century styles of Art Nouveau and Art Deco had a great influence on art and design of the period. The styles were both immensely popular and were seen as revolutionary at the time. Their origins, their influences, their global reach and the politics of the time will be explained in this segment of the course.

Module 8

Cubism, Abstraction, Surrealism

This module discusses important movements in Modern Art evolving at the turn of the 20th century and proliferating through much of the last century. The political turmoil and the unsettling atmosphere of industrial disputes, social upheaval and mechanised warfare are influences seen in the works of art of the day. The author will explain the trends and artistic styles of the times choosing particular works and explaining their importance, their medium and their context.

Module 9

Modern Art: Post Cubism to 1980

The period of art described as Modern Art in this module starts after Cubism and take us on a rollercoaster artistic ride to the late seventies. The author reveals the extraordinary pace of artistic progress over the decades, introduces the pivotal works of art of this era and places them in their cultural and social context.

Module 10

Contemporary Art from 1980

The art discussed in this chapter comes from the era after Modern Art and introduces different concepts of art as it is made today, Artworks in their broadest form will be explored; new technologies, new materials and new theories about the nature of art, including film, video, computers, three-dimensional works, live elements and performances. Often at odds with the public and sometimes at odds with the critics, our author explains why these works hold an important place in the development of art in its widest sense.

Module 11

The Art Market

Our expert in this module discusses how to some art has become a commodity and looks at the business of trading art. It will give you an overview of the international art market today, explore the different ways in which art is valued and how the market is subdivided, from paintings, drawings, prints, furniture, sculpture, silver, porcelain and more. You will learn how auction houses, art galleries and dealers work, be given an outline of the major international art markets and will discover the highest priced artists today and the reasons for their popularity.

Module 12

British Art from Holbein to Hirst

To complete the Art Appreciation Course we are taking a close look at the history of British Art, often seen as eccentric and at odds with the rest of Europe. This module will discuss the most significant British artists from the English reformation to the YBAs (Young British Artists), explain the structures and styles of the times and the pivotal movements placed within a historical context.

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  • Angelica Boca

  • 26-Jul-2022

End of Module 5

The tutor Stephen Farthing is excellent. His feedback has been provided promptly and helpfully. Libby, his replacement for Module 3,...

  • J Cullum

  • 24-Jul-2022

An Enjoyable Experience

I have thoroughly enjoyed every module so far even those stretching which art I thought most appealing. Every module author...

  • Emma de Souza

  • 19-Jul-2022

Excellent art appreciation course

I’m really enjoying The Art Institute programme. I was interested in art before starting the course and now 10 modules...

  • Lee Sharon Kemp

  • 14-Jul-2022

Demanding but rewarding course

It is a demanding course which gets harder with each module but it does mean you have to keep going...

  • Jeremy Bettington

  • 09-Jul-2022

Great course so far!!

I am immensely enjoying the course so far. The materials are varied and interesting and I'm learning so much. My...

  • Sean McGranaghan

  • 05-Jul-2022

A well structured and balanced course

I was keen to improve my knowledge and understanding of art and tried a couple of free courses I found...

  • Lynn J

  • 14-Jun-2022

Excellent

I am loving every aspect of this history of art course. Really well organised and I am learning so much....

  • FG

  • 20-May-2022

Highly recommend art course

This is an excellent course and I have learnt so much. It would be good preliminary training for anyone thinking...

  • David

  • 22-Apr-2022

A Really Excellent Course

Having reached and completed Module 10, I am looking forward to completing the diploma course and continuing on with further...

  • Ms Bury

  • 03-Apr-2022

Am enjoyable and challenging course

The course is really comprehensive and expertly covers the complex story of the history of art. The assignments are marked...

  • EP

  • 01-Apr-2022

The Art Institute's online Art Appreciation Course

I have just completed module 10 of twelve, and have thoroughly enjoyed it so far. What has been a revelation...

  • Pat Howarth

  • 27-Mar-2022

Modules are interesting

Modules are interesting, informative and well constructed. Assignments are challenging to achieve a distillation of the wider reading that is...

  • snorth

  • 23-Mar-2022

For anyone interested in Art History I…

For anyone interested in Art History I can highly recommend this course, the modules are easy to follow with 3...

  • F MAC

  • 18-Mar-2022

An excellent course

I enrolled on the Art Appreciation Course in October 2021. Five modules in , this has been a very positive...

  • J Cullum

  • 11-Mar-2022

Very interesting and informative…

Very interesting and informative modules building a coherent chronology of the development of western art. As a newcomer to this...