Course overview

This course explores fascinating artworks made by Scottish artists from c. 1750 to 1914. We explore ways in which Scottish artists responded to European styles (for example in History Painting and Portraiture in the 18c and Japan in the late 19c) at the same time as making distinctively Scottish work. The course covers oil painting, watercolours, photography, design and some architecture. We also look at some multi-media work, including Margaret Macdonald’s murals in gesso, paint and applied beads. We look at artistic groups and examine ways in which members influenced one another as well as responding to European art: examples include the Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists.

Course description

The artists covered by this fascinating course came from all areas of Scotland, with a particular concentration in the capital (Edinburgh) and the second city of the Empire (Glasgow), places where obtaining an artistic education was relatively easy. For Edinburgh we therefore look at portraits by Allan Ramsay and at Henry Raeburn’s iconic Scots’ lairds in full kilt and sporran, and from the later period at Phoebe Trajair’s beautiful murals painted for Edinburgh cathedrals and for a hospital mortuary. Photographs made by Hill and Adamson in Edinburgh and by Thomas Annan of the Glasgow tenements are another strand of our course And focusing in on Glasgow we examine paintings made by the Glasgow Boys (including James Guthrie, Irish-born John Lavery and superb watercolourist Arthur Melville). And also in Glasgow we look at architecture and design by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Herbert McNair, Margaret Macdonald and Frances Macdonald, with Jessie Newbury another example of women designers in Scotland.

Most, but not all, of the artists in our course needed to make a living and we explore how artists made money as well as how their training prepared them for careers in the art world.

The course will be set within the historical/social circumstances of the period covered by the course, c 1750-1914. Your tutor will create a relaxed learning environment, encouraging questions and discussion.

If you enjoy looking at art and art history this is the course for you.

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