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UOK Tonbridge

Study Morning

Study morning                                     10am – 1pm

Saturday 2 December                              

This study morning is in association with Medway U3A and will be held at the University of Kent Medway Campus, Chatham Maritime.

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Course Date

2nd December 2017

Places Available

Course Leader

Katia Mai PhD

Course Fee

Course Description

This study morning  follows on from the Spring 2017 study morning: it contains new material so it is not necessary to have attended the previous course to benefit from this one.


This study morning is for everyone who is interested in art, and will help you to gain valuable knowledge to make your next museum visits more enjoyable, as in order to understand and appreciate art, we have to know something about how, why, when and where the artwork was produced.


This study morning is for everyone who has an admiration for art and an interest inArt in Context art history. Students will learn how to "formally" assess an art work by investigating composition techniques, looking closely at lines, shapes, colours and tones. You will learn how to look at and understand an art work by analysing how it works, what its art historical elements are and how they relate to each other.


In order to extend our understanding of an artwork we also need some background information about the historical and possibly the political circumstances in which it was produced, biographical details about the artist, technical information about the material that was used and the method with which it was produced. Therefore we will investigate the various relevant contexts in which an artwork needs to be seen.


The study morning aims to provide the opportunity to learn to judge an artwork by appearance, access its meaning and art historical context, and for you to make the most of your next museum visits.


About the tutor

Dr Katia Mai has a PhD in Art History from the University of Sussex and an MA in Art History, Classical Archaeology and Pre-History from the Georg-August-University in Göttingen, Germany. Her recent research interests centre around the history and theory of photography with a particular focus on the role of contemporary photography as represented by artists of the Düsseldorf School such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff and Thomas Struth.


For any queries, please email tonbridgeadmin@kent.ac.uk

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