Focus on Art - Part III

Course details

From £215.00
10 CATS points

16 Jan 2019 - 27 Mar 2019
Day of week

Focus on Art - Part III


Oxford contains two impressive collections of Western Art. Come and find out a little more about the art works available in  Oxford. It is the intention of this class to introduce participants to a select number of images which can be found in either the Ashmolean Museum or Christ Church Picture Gallery.

Each week students will be offered a sheet of open questions to enable them to undertake personal study of a specific image.  In the subsequent class session this work will be discussed in detail. Relevant visual material will be offered to enable students to understand the full meaning and purpose of the image. It is hoped that individuals will come to the class sessions with ideas and questions resulting from their personal study in the galleries. As a result of the class discussion they may feel encouraged to return again to the image, for a further look, before moving on to the subject of the subsequent week's class.

By the end of the course participants should feel confident about  their knowledge of a select group of art works and the artists responsible for producing them. The final class of the course will be held in Christ Church Picture Gallery, in front of the images covered in the course.

Programme details

Term Starts: 16th January

Half Term: 20th February

Week 1:          Bernado Daddi - Four Music Playing Angels. Christ Church Picture Gallery.

Week 2:          Tino di Camiano - The Madonna and Child.  Ashmolean Museum.

Week 3:          Giovanni di Paolo  -  Calvary.    CCPG.

Week 4:          Giovanni Bellini  - St Jerome Reading in a Landscape.       Ashmolean Museum.

Week 5:          Piero di Cosimo  - The Forest Fire.  Ash. Mus.

Week 6:          The Master of Delft  -  The Deposition of Christ.    Christ Church Picture Gallery.

Week 7:          Lorenzo Lotto - The Supper at Emmaus. CCPG

Week 8:          Jacopo da Ponte ( Bassano ) - Christ among the Doctors.  Ashmolean Museum.

Week 9:          Caravaggio? - Martha and Mary.  CCPG

Week 10:        Class at Christ Church Picture Gallery


Background Reading

Acton M., Learning to look at paintings 

Baker C., Christ Church Picture gallery 

Byam Shaw J., Paintings by the Old Masters at Christ church Picture Gallery                      

Catherine Casley, Colin Harrison & Jon Whiteley.,  The Ashmolean Museum, Complete illustrated Catalogue of  Paintings.

Gombrich E H., The Story of Art                            

 Woodford S., Looking at Pictures       

If you are planning to purchase books, remember that courses with too few students enrolled will be cancelled. The Department accepts no responsibility for books bought in anticipation of a course.

If you have enrolled on a course starting in the autumn, you can become a borrowing member of the Rewley House library from 1st September and we will try to ensure that as many titles as possible are available in the Library by the start of each term. If you are enrolled on a course starting in other terms, you can become a borrowing member once the previous term has ended.


Recommended reading

All weekly class students may become borrowing members of the Rewley House Continuing Education Library for the duration of their course. Prospective students whose courses have not yet started are welcome to use the Library for reference. More information can be found on the Library website.

There is a Guide for Weekly Class students which will give you further information. 

Availability of titles on the reading list (below) can be checked on SOLO, the library catalogue.

Recommended Reading List


Students who register for CATS points will receive a Record of CATS points on successful completion of their course assessment.

To earn credit (CATS points) you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework in order to benefit fully from the course. Only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.

Students who do not register for CATS points during the enrolment process can either register for CATS points prior to the start of their course or retrospectively from between January 1st and July 31st after the current academic year has been completed. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.


Course fee: £215.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00


Mrs Anita Pepper

Anita Pepper studied at University College and the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.  She has taught in London at The V&A, The National Gallery and The Wallace Collection and in Oxford at The Ashmolean Museum and Christ Church Picture Gallery.

Course aims

The aim of this course is to encourage students to see how much they can learn about an image, initially from direct study in front of the original and then from discussion in the classroom using digital images.

Course Objectives

  • Students will be encouraged to understand and appreciate the qualities of a work of art which enable the viewer to place it within the context in which it was produced.
  • Stylistic aspects together with technical features will be discussed and students should develop a visual awareness of the artistic aims of the producer.
  • Students should become eager visitors to both of the Oxford Collections, as well as, hopefully, to Collections in London and further afield.

Teaching methods

Students will be expected to find the time to visit the approriate gallery each week,  to study for themselves the image to be placed under the spotlight in the coming week. A sheet of open questions will be offered each week to enable individuals to focus on the important aspects of the art work. The sessions in the classroom will be conducted with dual projection to allow students to see details of the image they have studied, alongside the full image, as well as relevant comparative material.  There will then be the opportunity to follow up on questions which have arisen during the time of study in the gallery.

The work in the classroom will be interactive, all participants being expected to take an active part.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be expected to:

  • have developed the ability to formulate coherent responses to an image, to be able to express their ideas clearly and explain their responses to other members of the group.
  • undertsand the main features of the artistic periods covered, from the 13th century to the early 17th  century.
  • feel confident about explaining the artistic value of a work of art, its technique, use of colour, spatial context and subject matter.

Assessment methods

Students will have the feedom to choose either to submit four pieces of coursework, based on the material covered in four of the class sessions.  They will have the question sheet undertaken before the class to act as a prompt for their discussion.

Alternatively they may choose to produce an essay focusing on either one of the artists covered in the course or a comparison of the work of two of the artists covered.

Students must submit a completed Declaration of Authorship form at the end of term when submitting your final piece of work. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.


To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.

Level and demands

Students will be encouraged to expand their existing knowledge of the images to be covered. They can however arrive with no previous knowledge of the material.  It is hoped that, through discussion and personal study, individuals will feel enabled to express their own responses to the material covered by the course. Each week course participants will receive a sheet of open questions for them to take in to the relevant gallery and prepare for the subsequent class.

Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)