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Art History: Two Artists: Two Paintings View details

Each week students will study in-depth two works of art. The works will be by different artists who may have been contemporaries, possibly rivals, or simply members of a movement. Alternatively they may be separated by hundreds of years. The works themselves may be famous or obscure. They may share common themes or subject matter, compositional approaches, or some external link. Students will have no prior knowledge of the works and will therefore explore the possible connections between the two works and their creators from scratch. They will have access to primary sources, other works by the artists, and critical analysis to help them discuss and formulate ideas. This study in microcosm will enable them to find out about the art world these artists worked in and how their work fits into the broader trend of art history.

Art in Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges View details

The course provides an introduction to the architectural and artistic treasures of three Flemish cities. We shall explore Antwerp’s Gothic and Flemish Baroque buildings and Rubens’ paintings. Van Eyck’s masterpiece, Adoration of the Lamb, will be studied with 20th century works at the Fine Arts Museum of Ghent. The Church of Our Lady, famous for its architecture and sculpture and the Hospital of St John - with Memling’s paintings are among the works to be considered in Bruges.

Art in Revolutionary Russia View details

This course aims to introduce the art of revolutionary Russia, 1917-1939. It explores the aesthetic range and character of this art. It also places this within its historical context, seeking to examine the social and political role of this art, and of art in general. It will look at the way that the early radical forms of artists such as Malevich or Rodchenko gradually gave way to 'socialist realism,' but it will also consider the way that some artists avoided this development. The course will be a interactive and hands-on series of workshops, in which students will be asked to contribute and develop their own thoughts on the works studied.

Art in the Afternoon View details

Kirsty will take you on a creative journey in a relaxed and supportive environment where you will have the opportunity to explore diverse approaches to creating exciting art works with a focus on still life. We will experiment with texture and composition, studying the work of other artists for inspiration; create more unusual and contemporary compositions, such as overlapping line drawing and pattern; practice mixed media techniques and collage. You will also be developing your drawing skills, whilst working from life and photographs. We will aim to work as a group, by sharing ideas and experiences, and Kirsty will encourage you to gain confidence in your practice, offering any guidance and advise you require. We can accommodate and adapt to any level of experience on this fun art course, all that is required is a willingness to “give it a go”.

Art in the Afternoon View details

Kirsty will take you on a creative journey in a relaxed and supportive environment where you will have the opportunity to explore diverse approaches to creating exciting art works with a focus on still life. We will experiment with texture and composition, studying the work of other artists for inspiration; create more unusual and contemporary compositions, such as overlapping line drawing and pattern; practice mixed media techniques and collage.

Art Project View details

Over four sessions, we will look at research, experimentation and design techniques to help you explore a chosen subject. This could be realistic, expressive, decorative or abstract. You will experiment with different ideas, compositions and materials to find the best way to develop your subject.

Art Techniques View details

The course will continue to develop within the student an understanding of different artistic themes and subjects. You will be encouraged to identify and distinguish art movements and styles. These aspects will be discussed within the group in an informal environment that promotes confident descriptions of ideas and expressions of opinions. An appreciation of artistic styles and techniques will be explored. The group will be planning and designing work that reflects an understanding of subjects discussed in the sessions. You will produce work that shows the development of your ideas and skills.

Art Workshop with Mixed Media View details

Kirsty will take you on a creative journey in a relaxed and supportive environment where you will have the opportunity to explore diverse approaches to creating original artworks, with a focus on common place objects and forms. We will study different approaches to creating composition, studying the work of contemporary and classic artists for inspiration, and experimenting with different mediums. Learn how to create form using different techniques and mediums to achieve a 3D effect. Learn pen and water colour drawing techniques. Learn how to paint with acrylics, from life and photography. Explore shape and pattern in every-day objects to create exciting contemporary and abstract images in mixed media. Develop your drawing and painting skills.

Art Workshops 3: Abstraction New Visions View details

This term we are experimenting with Abstract art: A trend in painting and sculpture in the twentieth century. Abstract art seeks to break away from traditional representation of physical objects. It explores the relationships of forms and colours, whereas more traditional art represents the world in recognisable images, using a visual language of shape, form, colour and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. This can be applied to art that is based an object, figure or landscape. It is also applied to art that uses forms, such as geometric shapes or gestural marks, which have no source at all in an external visual reality. Abstract art is often seen to stand for virtues such as order, purity, simplicity and spirituality. Since the early 1900s, abstract art has formed a central stream of modern art.

Art Workshops 6: Abstraction New Visions View details

This term we are experimenting with Abstract art: A trend in painting and sculpture in the twentieth century. Abstract art seeks to break away from traditional representation of physical objects. It explores the relationships of forms and colours, whereas more traditional art represents the world in recognisable images, using a visual language of shape, form, colour and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. This can be applied to art that is based an object, figure or landscape. It is also applied to art that uses forms, such as geometric shapes or gestural marks, which have no source at all in an external visual reality. Abstract art is often seen to stand for virtues such as order, purity, simplicity and spirituality. Since the early 1900s, abstract art has formed a central stream of modern art.