Great Artists in Focus

This course may be delivered online - please see the course information box to confirm.

Join Nick Pearson, artist and lecturer for a weekly in-depth look at a particular artist?s work. These lively slide lectures will give anyone the opportunity to concentrate on and appreciate a particular artist?s work with the expert guidance of an artist and art historian from the college?s School of Ideas.

Course Content

Across the three terms we shall be looking at a range of great artists from the 16th to 20th centuries, mixing styles and periods in each term.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

This is a lecture style course everyone including those with no or little previous Art History knowledge and those who are more familiar with the subject.

First Class Requirements

Notebooks if you wish to take notes

Assessment Methods

This is a leisure course so there is no formal assessment. However, you are free to ask questions at any time in the lecture and the tutor may also ask questions to assess group or individual understanding at appropriate points.

Further Study Options

The College offers a wide range of Art History Courses.

Additional Information

As a result of the government’s closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses will be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our learning resource team on We are here to help you.

For each lesson students will get a hand out with a biography of the artist, a study sheet, a print of the picture, suggested reading and suggestions of gallery visits in London relating to the subject covered in class.

Regular prompt attendance on termly courses is recommended to benefit fully from the course. Tutors will keep handouts from the previous week if you miss a week.

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