The Joy of Art
For many tens of thousands of years art has been a key aspect of human society. Even today, alongside science, it is one of the foundation stones of our civilization.
But art can often seem obscure and baffling. Many people find it difficult to understand a sculpture depicting a figure from Greek mythology, or are lost when presented with a painting showing a black square painted onto a black canvas.
The aim of the Joy of Art is to give you a gentle introduction into looking at, and enjoying, art from different times and places. Using slides and discussion in the classroom, we will explore different aspects of art, from ancient times through to the present day, in a relaxed but inspiring way.
The course seeks to build your confidence and understanding when visiting art museums and galleries, and at the end of the course you will have discovered some of the key themes and events that have inspired artists, both in the past and today.
This course will comprise nineteen lunchtime sessions held in the classroom at Imperial College, South Kensington. At the end of the course students will also have the opportunity to attend one Saturday session at Tate Britain in London, to talk about works of art in front of the real objects.
The course tutor, Dr Michael Paraskos, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and also teaches art history at the City and Guilds of London School of Art. Michael is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction and has published very widely on art of this period, as well as reviewing exhibitions and novels for BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and The Spectator magazine. His novel In Search of Sixpence was published in 2016.
If you have any questions about the course content please directly email the tutor, Dr Michael Paraskos.