Course requirements

COURSE TITLE:

BRITISH PAINTING: FROM THE REFORMATION TO THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY

TERM:

WINTER (13 WEEKS)

TEACHER

ROMAN LIČKO

LECTURES/SEMINARS (per week)

0/2

ACADEMIC YEAR

2010/2011

COURSE DESCRIPTION AND RATIONALE

British Painting has been specially designed to suit the needs of students of English as a foreign language. It combines three principal ingredients: British painting, British history a language improvement element. The first element of the course aims at providing an overview of the major developments in British painting from the mid-16th to the early years of the 20th century. Although the course follows chronologically the story of British painting within the given period, the choice of artists and their paintings is selective as the chief focus of paintings’ analyses is their iconography. Secondly, viewing art as a mirror of society, the course explores paintings within their historical context. The history of British art, perhaps to a greater extent than anywhere else on the Continent, has been connected with the history of the British as a nation. Finally, a language development element has been built in to make students appreciate the intricate relationship between images and the English language. Speaking will feature prominently in classroom time, the emphasis being on vocabulary acquisition and practice. Creativity will be actively encouraged through story developing exercises and essay writing will give students the chance to improve their critical thinking skills.

COURSE ORGANISATION AND REQUIREMENTS

The course consists of 13 sessions with two 45-minute seminars per week. All classes take place in a computer classroom as reproductions of paintings are only available in digital form. All the seminar activities, additional reading materials as well as reproductions of paintings are accessible via this website. Students are strongly advised to use portable media (e.g. USB flash discs) to store and print hard copies of the paintings and other course materials for themselves. For a complete gallery of paintings dealt with go to Paintings' gallery section. To prepare yourself for seminars go to Seminar preparation. To access other supplementary reference materials (e. g. a glossary of art terms) click Reference materials. To get an idea of what you will be doing in seminars go to Classroom activities. Finally, for more information on the breakdown of points for all the assessed tasks and an overview of the points you have collected go to Assessment.

COURSE TEXTBOOK

For their weekly reading assignments as well as for final test preparation students are recommended to buy A History of British Art by Andrew Graham Dixon (London 1996, BBC, ISBN 0-563-37044-0). Other recommended reference books are British Painting. The Golden Age by William Vaughan (London 1999, Thames & Hudson, ISBN 0-500-20319-9 and Five Centuries of British Painting. From Holbein to Hodgkin by Andrew Wilton (London 2001, Thames & Hudson, ISBN 0-500-20349-0). A copy of each of the books is available at the departmental library.

ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES

In order to be considered for final assessment, students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of seminars (no more than 3 absences) and complete all the assessed tasks. These may take the form of various assignments throughout the semester (usually there are two essays to be written). The final test will consist of two parts. In the first, students will be asked to write an interpretation of a particular painting, having to synthesise their knowledge of British art with some historical background. The second part asks some theoretical questions on the history of British art, movements, styles of painting, genre, etc. For active contribution in classroom discussions special bonus points can be awarded. For the guidelines how to go about writing your essays go to Written assignment. For more information on the breakdown of points for all the assessed tasks as well as the overview of the points you have collected go to Assessment.

NOTE

All the information you need about the course as well as distribution of additional course materials will be handled via the internet on this website. Check the Announcements section weekly for test dates, essay submission deadlines, etc. 

Mgr. Roman Ličko, PhD
E-mail: licko@fhv.umb.sk
Tel.: +421 48 4465022
Department of English and American Studies
Faculty of Humanities
Matej Bel University
97401 Banská Bystrica