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Art View details

This course includes painting and drawing, using different art materials and techniques and looking at familiar and not so familiar artists. We start with renaissance Art in Italy and the style of painting using figures in front of buildings with perspective. The next subject is a look at Cubist Art and Constructivist Art from 1907 - 1914 and to interpret everyday groups , objects and scenes. The next topic is watercolours of landscapes and gardens with a look at Japanese Edo = Tokyo style wood cuts, to include a plein air session ..

Art - Mixed Media (Beginners) View details

A beginners’ art course aiming to teach basic skills of drawing and painting, and build creativity. We will use pencil, charcoal, pastels, watercolour, acrylic and collage. Learn to make art work that you would be proud to have on your wall in a friendly supportive atmosphere.

Art - Mixed Media (Improvers) View details

An improvers’ art course for learners who would like to develop their skills and creativity in order to achieve self development, and build a portfolio of work to exhibit. We will use charcoal, graphite, pastels, watercolour, acrylic and collage. Learn the ‘tricks of the trade’ while developing your own style.

Art - Practical: Find Your Own Painting Style View details

This course gives students at all levels - from beginners to the more experienced - the opportunity to explore different painting approaches, techniques and subjects and begin to find their own style. Our highly experienced tutor, who is a practicing artist, provides practical and supportive advice on colour mixing, composition and tonal variation, encouraging students to explore their own personal enthusiasms to make individual and highly original paintings. Source materials such as photographs and objects will be provided but students are actively encouraged to suggest and bring in their own source materials.

Art & Music Studies View details

Each session we will explore a topical subject concerning the history of the arts. It may be related to an anniversary, such as Leonardo Da Vinci (died 1519) or to a current exhibition in the major London galleries tba

Art and Architecture of Bristol View details

Bristol was once one of the great ports of Europe and the wealth that was accumulated was often spent on fine buildings. The city is rich in medieval architecture including two of the best late gothic churches – St Augustine’s and St Mary Redcliffe. There are also some fine examples of buildings associated with the port, from merchants’ houses to the villas built in Clifton in the eighteenth century. Bristol School painters recorded not just the dramatic landscape such as the Avon Gorge but also the social life of the town in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. They are well represented in the City Museum and Art Gallery as part of a notable collection. By the nineteenth century the port was in decline but new building types arose and Bristol continued its role as a cultural and educational centre. We will examine these different aspects through the art and architecture still to be found in the city.

Art and music of the enlightenment in the eighteenth century and View details

This session will concentrate on the Age of Enlightenment in Art and Music, featuring the works of CPE Bach Joseph Wright and Joseph Haydn. We will also be addressing Romanticism by connecting John Constable Franz Schubert and Caspar David Friedrich.

Art and Music Studies View details

Each session we will explore a topical subject concerning the history of the arts. It may be related to an anniversary, such as Leonardo Da Vinci (died 1519) or to a current exhibition in the major London galleries tba

Art and Society View details

This course is largely determined by the students, they will express what they would lie to explore in further depth and to help them appreciate and understand what they are looking at in exhibitions and galleries.

Art Appreciation View details

We will focus on American art and artists from the second half of the nineteenth century. This will include artists who primarily lived and worked in America as well as American born artists who spent much of their lives abroad. We will examine how American art and artists were shaped by the political, social, economic and cultural changes that relate to the historical period. We will also ascertain the extent to which American art was influenced by the art and artists of other countries. Artists will include Winslow Homer, James Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt and Thomas Eakins.