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Classical Mythology in Art (Online Short Course)

Course Duration

5 weeks; online

Launch Date

Jan 2021

Romping through three thousand years of Art History, this course will focus on how Classical mythology has been received and interpreted in works of art from ancient times to the present day.

Re-telling selected myths in all their gory and sensual details, the sessions will explore the ways in which wide-ranging artists across the ages have taken inspiration from the Classical Past and used the timeless stories in their practice from Antiquity to the Enlightenment and from the Renaissance to Contemporary Art.

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Please note this workshop will be taught solely online via Google Meet

All courses are subject to student numbers and will only run if sufficient numbers are achieved. Plymouth College of Art reserves the right to cancel a course if insufficient student numbers are recruited.

How will I learn?

Lessons will be taught online and are interactive. Classes will use Google Meet to demonstrate software and allow participants to speak with the tutor and each other. Google Classroom will be used as a means of communication outside of class. Information will be shared using Google Drive.

Each week your tutor will give a full live demonstration that will be recorded so that learners can refer back to after the lesson has finished. There will be a discussion at the end of each class and time for students to try the techniques demonstrated in class and ask questions.

A critique of students' work will take place at the beginning of each lesson so that members of the class can share work, ideas, and your tutor can monitor and help with your progress.

What will I achieve?

By the end of the course, students will have a good appreciation of many key Classical myths that have proven to be very influential to artists including detailed knowledge of selected works of art across the entirety of art history concerning the conception, composition and execution of the work. You will learn to understand why certain myths have particular appeal, including anthropological and sociological theories that have informed artists across time e.g. psychoanalysis and postmodernism.

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Medea, oil painting on canvas by the Pre-Raphaelite painter Frederick Sandys, 1868

What skills will I need?

Good computer literacy is essential, you must be able to effectively use a computer in order to watch and interact with the tutor on this course.

Equipment & Materials

You will need:

  • A laptop or desktop computer or tablet
  • Adequate internet connection*
  • Google account for Google Meet/Classroom access
  • All handouts to be supplied electronically by lecturer

*In order for you to receive the best possible experience for this online course your internet connection must be fast enough for you to clearly watch demonstrations by the tutor. Unfortunately Plymouth College of Art is not liable for any refunds if you are experiencing any technical difficulties due to your own internet connection not working effectively.

How to apply

To make an application to this course please click the "Book now" button at the top of this page to be directed to the Eventbrite booking form.

For further information or to request an alternative format, please email shortcourses@pca.ac.uk