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This is a two-week intensive course focusing on the arts of China exploring jade, bronzes, painting, ceramics from ancient times to the modern and contemporary period. The course includes handling sessions and visits, encouraging students to have hands on engagement with art objects, in order to gain an understanding of the history and material culture of arts from China. It aims to be highly informative and enjoyable, bringing the subject to life through sessions held by leading experts in the field.

During the first week, students will examine highly sophisticated forms of early Chinese material cultures and how these were related to rituals, the afterlife and burials of elite members of society from neolithic to bronze age China, forming the foundations of early iconographies and script. They will also study early painting traditions linking the treatment of the figure and line to later works during the flourishing of literati and court painting. Lectures will be supplemented by visits to key institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum and specialist dealerships. The second week focuses on the arts in later dynasties from the Ming and Qing through to the modern period, exploring modernism and Westernisation leading up to the contemporary art world. The course will also investigate the ways in which international museums and collections are responding to the current explosion of the art world in China and its effect on culture at large.

The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    17th June - 28th June 2019

    Typical hours: Monday-Thursday, 10am – 4.30pm
  • Faculty


    Dr. Katie Hill, Program Director, MA Modern and Contemporary Asian Art, London
  • Sample Topics And Suggested Reading

    Sample Topics And Suggested Reading

    • Ritual Art

    • The Silk Road

    • Early Chinese Painting

    • Landscape Painting

    • Literati Painting

    • The Eighteenth Century

    • Classic Song Wares

    • Ceramics of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

    • Modern Art in China

    • Development of Contemporary Chinese Art

    • Chinese Art in the 21st Century

  • Visits And Field Trips

    Visits And Field Trips

    • Handling Sessions

    • Private Collection of Chinese Art

    • The British Museum

    • The V&A Museum

    • Chinese Art Dealers

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  • Course Fees

    Course Fees

    £1,800 (£1,620 if registered by March 11, 2019)

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  • Further Information

    Further Information

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    Tel: +44 (0)20 7462 3251

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