Understanding Modern Art
"Taking this evening class was one of the best decisions I've ever made." - Angela Hou (Royal College of Art student)
Information at a Glance
- Evening Class
- Thursdays 18:30 - 20:30
- 20 weeks: October to March
- Fees from £210
- Tutor: Dr Michael Paraskos
- Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
Starting with the Impressionists in the 1870s, and ending with Pop Art in the 1960s, we will take a whistle-stop tour of some of the major art movements associated with modernism, pausing only to look at some of its leading artists, from Monet and Picasso, to Dali and Warhol.
Not only is study of this period in art history extremely rewarding and enjoyable in itself, but you will end the course with a greater understanding of some most significant works of art to be found in museums and galleries across the world today. From discovering how the Impressionists used the latest findings in science to select their colour palette, to how fear of the atomic bomb led to a whole new movement in sculpture, this course will give you a real insight into how modern artists have responded to the modern world, and how that world responded to them.
This course will comprise 19 evening sessions held in the classroom at Imperial College, South Kensington. Students will also have the opportunity to attend one Saturday half-day session at Tate Britain in London, to learn about works of art in front of the real objects.
No previous knowledge of art, history, or art history is necessary, and your tutor is an expert at guiding both novices and the more experienced through the - sometimes shocking and sometimes comic - intricacies of modern art. The course is organised to encourage discussion and debate, whilst also allowing us to explore the historical development of modern art, and the ideas and influences behind the work of artists of this period.
- Victorian Modernisms
- Alfred Barr’s Four Founding Fathers (and the Great Binge)
- Matisse and the Anarchists
- From Art Nouveau to the Bauhaus
- German Expressionism in Dresden, Berlin and Munich
- From Expressionist Film to Horror Film
- Cubism, De Stijl and Futurism
- Bloomsbury and Blast! British Modernism before the First World War
*** Christmas break ***
- Dada, Sex and Surrealism
- British Sculpture Between the Wars
- Constructivism and Supremativism
- Hope and Fear in Post-War Art and Design
- Abstract Painting
- The British Origin of Pop Art
- Pop and Photorealism in America
- The New Sculpture in Britain and America
- From Pop to Conceptualism
- And now?
This programme is provisional and subject to change or modification.
There is no compulsory reading required for this course and there is no set course text, but if you would like to read more on the subject we suggest:
- David Britt, Modern Art: Impressionism to Post-Modernism (London: Thames and Hudson, 2007)
- David Cottington, Modern Art: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005)
- Pam Meecham, Modern Art: A Critical Introduction (London: Routledge, 2004)
Dr Michael Paraskos is a very experienced adult education tutor, having taught for over twenty-five years. He holds a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and also teaches art history to undergraduate students 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.
Course Fees and Rate Categories
|Hours||Weeks||Standard Rate||Internal Rate||Associate Rate|
|40||20||£395 (Early Bird Rate: £360*)||£230 (Early Bird Rate: £210*)
||£305 (Early Bird Rate: £280*)|
|* Early Bird fee rate is valid for enrolments made via the website between 1 August and 30 September only | All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.|
- Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.
- Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
- Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email evening email@example.com before completing the online enrolment form.
- Students (non-Imperial College)
- Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
- City & Guilds College Association members
- Members of Friends of Imperial College
- Friends of the South London Botanical Institute
- Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
- Harrods staff
- Historic Royal Palaces staff
- Natural History Museum staff
- Science Museum staff
- Victoria and Albert Museum staff
- Royal Geographical Society staff
- Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
- Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
- Austrian Cultural Forum staff
- Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
- Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
- Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
- Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
- Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started, subject entirely to agreement by the tutor delivering the course. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.
Applicable terms & conditions
Please read the Evening Classes & Lunchtime Learning terms and conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.
|Hours||Weeks||Autumn term||Spring term||Summer term|
|40||20||14 Oct - 12 Dec 2019 (9 weeks)*||6 Jan - 19 Mar 2020 (11 weeks)||n/a|
|* Followed by the Christmas break|
Web enrolment starts 1 August
Enrolment & payment are through the Imperial College eStore. Please use above booking link noting below instructions:
- Our rate categories are explained on this page and your applicable category must be selected on the eStore
- First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
- The booking process involves entering payment details before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
- The following email notifications will be sent
|What is sent||When is it sent||What does it contain|
|1. Payment confirmation||Instantaneously following submission of your online application||
|2. Enrolment confirmation||Sent in due course but likely not before the end of September. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received||
|3. Programme information||Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts||
|If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756
Certificate of Attendance
Although no credits are offered for this very part-time course, an attendance certificate is presented to students who attend at least 80% (16) of the taught classroom sessions.
Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be sent to the tutor, Dr Michael Paraskos, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have enjoyed this course, why not look at other arts and humanities evening class courses at Imperial College. This includes courses on the history of western art from ancient Greece to the nineteenth century, the history of film and cinema and Greek and Roman mythology in art. We also run practical courses in photography and creative writing, and a growing programme of science based evening classes.