Grow your visual analysis skills as you learn how to describe and learn from public sculpture artworks at the University of York.
Dive into art history through an exploration of public sculpture
Public sculpture is everywhere – in our parks, squares and city centres, as well as galleries and museums.
On this course, you’ll explore material, conceptual and theoretical questions around the 20th-century sculpture.
Using the University of York campus examples, you’ll interrogate the notion of ‘modern’ sculpture and address issues like art conservation and the role of the institution in purchasing new artworks.
You’ll explore Yorkshire’s rich history as the epicentre of contemporary sculpture, including sculpture galleries like the Henry Moore Institute and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
What topics will you cover?
- Sculpture in the Built Environment.
- Modern Sculpture: Histories, Ideas & Theories.
- Twentieth-century Art in Yorkshire.
- The Challenges of the New.
When would you like to start?
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What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Identify a range of sculpture from the University of York campus and the work of key British sculptors.
- Develop the visual analytical skills to identify and describe sculpture using accurate art historical terminology.
- Engage critically with some of the material, conceptual and theoretical concepts related to sculptural practice.
- Reflect on the integral role that sculpture plays in shaping our suburban and urban landscapes.
Who is the course for?
This course will be of interest to anyone who visits museums and galleries or who is interested in culture, conservation, and heritage subjects.
The course will also be helpful for those considering further study in art history, particularly A-Level students.
Who will you learn with?
I'm an associate lecturer in the History of Art department at the University of York. I'm proud to call Yorkshire home - it's one of the best places to look and learn about art!
I became fascinated by modern art as a young person and have spent my career researching the most absurd, controversial and bizarre aspects of it. I'm fortunate enough to do that for a living!
Who developed the course?
University of York
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