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History of Art/Art: Analysing & Interpreting Previously Unseen Art OR What The Hell Is That?! With Dr Jack Hartnell From University of East Anglia

27th November 2023 @ 14:10 - 15:00

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In this live interactive History of Art/Art tutorial, we will be joined by Dr Jack Hartnell, Associate Professor of Art History in the School of Art, Media and American Studies at UEA, who will explore Analysing & Interpreting Previously Unseen Art OR What The Hell Is That?!

Confronted with an artwork that they’ve never seen before, people can sometimes feel a bit helpless. Am I meant to know who this was made by? How do I know how old it is? What is it even meant to mean anyway?

This is because viewing a work of art can come with a lot of expectations, especially that its interpretation should be quick and effortless. But this isn’t always the case. More often than not, understanding the different aspects of an artwork takes time, unravelling itself like a fun puzzle before your eyes.

This webinar will provide you with a set of simple tools that will help with analysing and interpreting any work of art that you are seeing for the first time. Using a range of images from Modern Art to the Middle Ages, you’ll learn to how to look carefully and ask the right questions. And by the end of the session, you’ll be well prepared to understand artworks from around the world in a new way, even if you’ve never seen it before.

Please note that the session offers a university perspective rather than seeking to teach the A level and so there may be some differences in approach.


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Jack Hartnell


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom, or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but available resources will be shared afterwards.


Suitable for: Key Stage 5, and equivalent, students studying or with an interest in studying History of Art/Art and related subjects. Teachers and members of school staff, as always, are welcome too and participants can join as individuals from school/college or home, or as a group from school/college.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students are asked to consider the topic and issues they may face when confronted with unfamiliar artwork.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:

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27th November 2023
14:10 - 15:00
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