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Are you one of those people who say "I don't know much about art but I know what I like" ? Wouldn't you prefer to be able to say "I know what I like and I know why I like it" ? Do you love art but sometimes feel secretly guilty for not 'getting it'? Do you ever stroll through a gallery and feel you should be gaining much more from your experience? Do you end up leaving the gallery more tired and confused than enlightened or inspired? It doesn't have to be like that. In a regular series of online talks I will guide you through some of the fundamental ideas in Art. We will identify the key features of the main styles in art: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, 19th c Realism and Modern Art. We will look at such essential components as technique, colour, space, light and shade, composition. We will examine the main subjects in art : Portrait, landscape, still life, religious, secular and mythological scenes. We will think about the ways paintings tell their stories - through expression or symbolism. You will gain fascinating insights, build up a solid understanding of chronology, increase the powers of your own observation, begin to trust your judgement and be able to express your opinions about art with confidence. Above all - you will have a lot of fun amongst some of the greatest paintings in the world.

Upcoming events (4+)

A CLOSER LOOK AT: Claude - Landscape with a Mill, 1730

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£3.00

Discover how Claude, founder of the tradition of landscape painting in France, brought to it some very useful lessons from his first career as a pastry cook.

THIS IS A PRE-RECORDED TALK AVAILABLE FOR 3 DAYS. It will be sent out at 6 pm to those who rsvp'd and made their payment by that time. (Please check in your spam folder if you do not receive it)
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You will need to make a nominal £0.05 payment for the rest to rsvp.
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SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND : Clocks in Art

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£4.00

As Clocks go back this weekend, we look at the way artists ask questions about the nature of time. The answers - perplexing, surprising and entertaining - come scatterd with hour glasses, sun dials and every other manner of time piece.
THIS IS A PRE-RECORDED TALK AVAILABLE FOR 3 DAYS. It will be sent out at 6 pm to those who rsvp'd and made their payment by that time. (Please check in your spam folder if you do not receive it)
If you are paying for a guest, you can double the amount in PayPal settings. If booking more than one talk, please consider making a single lump payment to cut down on individual Paypal commissions.
You will need to make a nominal £0.05 payment for the rest to rsvp.
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HOKUSAI : 36 Views of Mount Fuji

Online event

£5.00

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To coincide with current British Museum exhibition of the great Japanese master Hokusai's drawings (https://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions/hokusai-great-picture-book-everything), which includes the iconic Great Wave, we look at his magnum opus, the famous 36 Views of Mount Fuji, a collection of masterly prints in the Ukyo-e tradition. They show the mountain from varied and unexpected angles while offering glimpses of 19th century life in Japan. We will also look at the way these groundbreaking prints
influenced, and were in turn influenced by European art.

A catch up recording will be available for 7 days if you can't make it at this time

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL : Dreams and Visions in Art

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£4.00

With Halloween approaching, we take a look at the ways artists represented the world of dreams, visions, nightmares and the supernatural.
THIS IS A PRE-RECORDED TALK AVAILABLE FOR 3 DAYS. It will be sent out at 6 pm to those who rsvp'd and made their payment by that time. (Please check in your spam folder if you do not receive it)
If you are paying for a guest, you can double the amount in PayPal settings. If booking more than one talk, please consider making a single lump payment to cut down on individual Paypal commissions.
You will need to make a nominal £0.05 payment for the rest to rsvp.
Thank you

Past events (434)

SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND: The Pre - Raphaelites

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£4.00

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