History of Art and Art & Design
History of Art and Art & Design
Tower of London and the National Gallery
Date and time
Wednesdays 1 October, 5 November, 3 December 2014 and 18 March 2015
11am – 4pm (morning session at the Tower of London, afternoon at the National Gallery)
£10 per student
Up to 30 students
Booking details below
An exciting opportunity for students and teachers to closely engage with two great artworks of the 14th century and learn from the experts who care for them.
Historic Royal Palaces Tower of London and the National Gallery have teamed up to offer your students a unique study day designed specifically to support the following History of Art and Art & Design courses:
- History of Art: AS/A2 level and Pre-U
- Art & Design: AS/A2 level
The study day
Students will be introduced to two rare surviving works of art made in England in the 14th century during the reign of Richard II:
- The Byward Tower wall painting at the Tower of London [external link]
- The Wilton Diptych at the National Gallery
Tower of London
Students will have exclusive access to the Byward Tower which is not currently open to the general public. Here, students will view the wall painting in situ where they will begin to piece together the story of this rare installation. Investigative skills will be strengthened as students begin to discuss and develop a contextual understanding of why and how it was painted.
The day continues at the National Gallery with a close viewing of 'The Wilton Diptych' and a discussion in comparison with other paintings in the Gallery’s collection. Students will then explore the techniques of pigment mixing through practical demonstrations in the Pigott Education Centre's Creative Space.
A plenary at the end of the day will recap on how to apply the considered examples and relevant skills to study and exams.
Themes in History of Art:
- Subjects and genres, materials, techniques and processes, form and style, historical and social contexts, patronage
- Investigation and interpretation: Art and architecture in 13th- and 14th-century Europe
Themes in Art & Design:
- Making and materials: painting, drawing, mixed media – materials, processes and technologies from the past
- Communication and advertising: communicating power and patronage – how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed in images and artefacts; how images and artefacts relate to the time and place in which they were made and to their social and cultural contexts
- Textile design: domestic textiles and wall painting – how the Byward Tower wall painting was created to resemble 14th-century luxurious silk textiles
- 3D design: Environmental and interior design – the Byward Tower wall painting; product design – 'The Wilton Diptych'
Further information and booking
Find out more about the Study day for students (History of Art and Art & Design) in association with the National Gallery. [External link]
Book your place by phone, fax, email, or via the online booking form. Full details about the three-step booking process are available at the Historic Royal Palaces booking page. [External link]
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Image above: Detail from English or French (?), The Wilton Diptych, about 1395-9.