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Art and Visual Culture: Medieval to Modern

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Art and Visual Culture: Medieval to Modern Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 18 Feb 2016
Have you ever wondered about the visual remains of past centuries that still survive in our cities and countryside today? Are you baffled by modern...

OpenLearn Live: 14th January 2016

OpenLearn Live: 14th January 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Carl Van Vechten collection at the Library Of Congress
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Jan 2016
An artist who painted her way from Serbia to the US. Then more free learning across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 11th January 2016

OpenLearn Live: 11th January 2016 Creative commons image Stephencdickson under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jan 2016
Reaction and context following the death of David Bowie - including his influence on the net and financial markets; plus who is entering the public...

Mizuki Shigeru: An appreciation

Mizuki Shigeru: An appreciation Creative commons image At By At under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Dec 2015
Manga artist, folklorist and icon Mizuki Shigeru has died. Nevin Thompson explains the role he played in Japanese culture, and why he'll be so...

Understanding Alice

Understanding Alice Copyright free image Copyright free: John Tenniel
Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Nov 2015
Professor Kimberley Reynolds explores how Lewis Carroll transformed logic, literary traditions and ideas about childhood into the superbly...

Colour in Byzantine Art

Colour in Byzantine Art
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 30 Sep 2015
What purpose do different colours serve in religious paintings? Dr Angeliki Lymberopoulou explores...

Arts & Humanities Tasters

Arts & Humanities Tasters Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 22 Jan 2015
Is Arts & Humanities for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!

The Golden Ratio: Possibly the best rectangle in the world

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The Golden Ratio: Possibly the best rectangle in the world Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Nov 2014
Our animation introduces the Golden Ratio and how mathematics itself conveys what is beautiful.

Edmund Burke on the sublime

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Edmund Burke on the sublime Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Nov 2014
Our animation holds a mirror up to Burke's ideas on what is sublime.

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Visions of protest: Graffiti

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Visions of protest: Graffiti
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
This free course, Visions of protest: Graffiti, introduces students to contrasting understandings of graffiti. It draws on a wide range of...

Musée du Louvre

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Musée du Louvre Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
The Muse du Louvre houses 35,000 works of art, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, but how were they brought together as a collection?...

Picturing the family

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Picturing the family Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jan 2016
Besides being simple mementos, family photographs can offer insights into the past. This free course, Picturing the family, looks at some of the...

Commemoration: Visual texts

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Commemoration: Visual texts Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 18 Jan 2016
This free course, Commemoration: Visual texts, explores the commemoration of war through treating two war memorials the Sandham Memorial Chapel...

Art in Renaissance Venice

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Art in Renaissance Venice Creative commons image Salvatore Gerace under Creative-Commons license
Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
This free course, Art in Renaissance Venice, considers the art of Renaissance Venice and how such art was determined in many ways by the city's...

Textiles in Ghana

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Textiles in Ghana Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 13 Jan 2016
Textiles in Ghana carry a far greater importance than you might expect. This free course will help you to understand how textiles can carry an...

War memorials and commemoration

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War memorials and commemoration Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 Jan 2016
This free course, War memorials and commemoration, gives you the opportunity to practise good study techniques using the theme of commemoration and...

An introduction to material culture

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An introduction to material culture Creative commons image Moyan Brenn under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 11 Jan 2016
This free course, An introduction to material culture, introduces the study of material culture. It asks why we should study things and outlines...

Art and visual culture: Medieval to modern

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Art and visual culture: Medieval to modern
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 06 Jan 2016
What is art? What is visual culture? How have they changed through history? This free course, Art and visual culture: Medieval to modern, explores...