Learn in the UK with an intensive course and improve your skills surrounded by experts who are all experienced with academic backgrounds. We offer three different courses including Porcelain, Fine Painting and Jade. Small-size tutorials are complemented by hands-on experience at auction houses, study trips and lectures by curators, artists and experts. All of these elements help students gain a thorough understanding of the art world.
Our Courses mainly take place in London, as well as further afield in the UK, such as Cambridge and Oxford where there are significant artworks to explore.
This course offers insight and knowledge, giving participants the skills to identify Chinese ancient porcelain art works, including its origins, material techniques and histories etc.
In this course, we will reveal why Chinese ceramics were a leader in technological innovation through the study of body and glaze. We will focus on porcelains of the major Chinese dynasties, Tang (618-907), Song (960-1279), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911), but also highlight special topics such as the various Song Dynasty ceramics, and blue-and-white in Ming and Qing dynasty. Meanwhile, students will study the ways in which ceramics have been valued as objects for daily use, religion or ritual, as well as collecting and displaying as an art collection. The importance of export markets and the adoption of foreign artistic styles will also be assessed.
The arts of China are part of a continuous artistic tradition of some seven thousand years. The fine painting course will be broadly structured in a chronological fashion, concentrating in particular on the evolution of the arts in painting and calligraphy.
Lectures on religion, philosophy and literature will help to understand and identify the social and political histories of the different periods into a wider context.
Jade is a decorative art, jade carving starts from Neolithic times down to the 20th century.
The course makes full use of London's world class art collections. A number of faculty-led visits to museums and private collections forms an integral part of the learning experience.