Lectures: History of Decorative Art and Design: Part 1 - Jacq Barber
Part time course
About the Course
If you’re fascinated by the history of art and antiques, this is the course for you. Find out how objects have shaped our lives, the influences of culture, society and technology on the way things look and discover more about the great designers of the past, from William Morris to Mary Quant. During this course, we’ll cover 300 years in the history of design and decorative arts, from Rococo to Rock and Roll, the Picturesque to Punk and we’ll look in detail at key developments and events such as the Arts and Crafts movement, Modernism and Post-Modernism, the Great Exhibition and the Festival of Britain.
What will I learn?
The focus of this course is on design in Britain from the 18th century through to the 1980s. (See detailed list at end)
How will the course be delivered?
Ten part seminar/lecture programme - sessions take place at the Museum in the Park on Thursday mornings 10.00 to 12.30. Each session consists of a lecture with discussion throughout. Where possible, objects relevant to the theme of each lecture, are brought along to look at and discuss.
Reading lists and suggested places to visit are also provided.
How will I know how I am doing?
This is an informal lecture and discussion group
Do I need any experience?
No previous knowledge is needed.
What do I need to bring to my first class?
Just yourself and a notepad if you want to take notes.
Are there any extra costs?
What can I do next?
Jacq's part 2 follows in the subsequent term. Or try our Modern Art History lectures, or another leisure course.
About the lecturer
Jacq Barber is a freelance writer and lecturer with a particular interest in British design from the late Victorian period to the post war years. She has a first-class honours degree in the History of Design from Brighton University and a post graduate MA from the Royal College of Art/V&A course in the History of Design. She has worked for Bonhams auctioneers, the V&A and, more recently, the National Trust. She has published a book for the National Trust about garden design.
HISTORY OF DESIGN AND THE DECORATIVE ARTS - Timetable:
PART-TIME 10 WEEK COURSE on Thursdays from 10.00am - 12.30pm at the Museum in the Park
Lecture 1 Art, Design and Craft
An introduction to the course and how we define art, design and craft.
Lecture 2 18th century styles
The eighteenth century has long been considered the beginning of our modern age. An exploration of the reasons for this and a closer look at 18th century society and the styles which evolved.
Lecture 3 Reading objects - an 18th century patchwork coverlet
What can objects tell us about the past? An exploration of an 18th century patchwork coverlet and what it can reveal about the society and culture in which it was created.
Lecture 4 Nineteenth century part 1 - the good design debate
An exploration of the Great Exhibition, Gothic Revival, design reform and the founding of the V&A.
Lecture 5 Nineteenth century part 2 - Utopian visions
From Medievalism to the Far East, we’ll explore the attraction of other cultures and an idealised view of the past to Victorian designers and artists.
Lecture 6 Between the wars Modernism and Modernity.
The origins and ideology of Modernism and how Modernism became mainstream and evolved into a style from Art Deco to Hollywood glamour.
Lecture 7 Post-war design - The Festival of Britain and Age of Affluence
The Festival of Britain in 1951 was described as ‘a tonic for the nation,’ we’ll explore the designers who contributed to this vision after the war alongside the consumer boom of the post war years, the influence of American culture and the plastic generation.
Lecture 8 ‘Swinging sixties’
The social and cultural revolution of the 1960s, the rise of Carnaby Street, boutiques and lifestyle shopping.
Lecture 9 On Collecting - the cult of the object
From Cabinets of Curiosities to Contemporary Ceramics, we’ll explore
why we collecting things, what has been collected in the past and how objects take on a different status by being collected.
Lecture 10 My favourite object
An opportunity to you to share a favourite object with the rest of the group. Everyone will bring along something that they like, loathe or aspire to own - images will do. This final session is all about what certain objects mean to us as individuals.