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Art for Pleasure View details

The tutor will demonstrate various aspects of painting, covering areas such as skies,trees,water, etc. With development of tone, form and colour mixing. With 1 to 1 tuition from the tutor the student can build up their own version of the painting. Mediums used will be watercolour and acrylic. Developing ones own painting is very much encouraged. As the course progresses, personal feelings about the landscape around you will develop, you will see the world around you differently. This spark inside of you that makes you want to paint, will be kindled and, meeting each week with others who also have this spark, it will develop with friendships and your art will grow. Tutor comment ; 'Many,many years ago a tutor told me I had 'A gift from God', an extraordinary compliment. Over the years I have had real pleasure from helping others and I also like to think that I am repaying my tutor for seeing this spark in me'.

Art for Wellbeing View details

Art is a continuous, never-ending process of learning and discovery. Whatever art media you choose to work with, this course endeavours to help students to acquire certain basic skills and practices. On this course students will find an introduction to materials, equipment and techniques for drawing and painting. Working in different art media, students may learn about drawing materials, paper and canvases, brushes and painting knives and of course, how to paint. There will be simple exercises in painting techniques, which will lead students towards creating full compositions. Students will be encouraged and supported to develop their choices and to research and source their own subject matter, perhaps choosing to paint in a narrative style, reflecting personal experiences. Students can work from work sheets, printed images and photos. Students will be encouraged to study examples of paintings by both historical and current artists; to both inform and inspire.

Art History in 100 Paintings View details

This course aims to enable you to make sense of art works you might encounter in a gallery. You will fit 100 paintings into a time line of historical events, changing styles and a host of stories behind each piece.

Art History: Matisse: His Art & Life View details

From Fauvism in 1905 to the cut-outs in the early 1950s, Matisse never ceased to renew his art. Beyond this diversity, his interest in the expressive potential of lines and colours always dominated his work. Indeed, Matisse is famous for his use of bright colours and arabesques. To viewers, his paintings are joyful and decorative. But for the artist, their realisation was far from easy and relied on an assiduous and doubt-ridden creative process. Throughout this short course we will learn about the successive periods in his career as well as his personality. We will discover a great artist, but also a touching man, for whom art was a form of therapy.

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 Practical View details

This course is aimed at those who feel they either want to learn how to draw or paint from scratch, or who have been to other art classes, but feel they've missed some of the important skills or knowledge. You will work on personalised goals and projects to help you achieve this.

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.