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Artemisia Gentileschi and other Women Artists View details

How Artemisia Gentileschi became established as an painter in the 17th century and why she and other great women artists were disregarded for centuries, until they began to be rediscovered in the 20th century. We'll look at the problems encountered by aspiring women artists over the centuries and how some managed to stand out as painters when most artists were men and it was generally believed that women were not capable of producing great art. We'll see that the lack of equality of opportunity and the social conventions of the times were major obstacles. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Gallery was forced to postpone the Gentileschi exhibition this year, and the Royal Academy was also unable to present an exhibition featuring one of its founder members, Angelica Kauffman. Hopefully this course will be some compensation.

Artistic Patronage of the European Courts View details

From the Renaissance onwards court art flourished in Europe to express the power, prestige, taste of the rulers and to help form their identity. The artistic patronage of the Valois of France and the Habsburgs of Austria will be considered in its cultural context. Selected painting and buildings, sculpture and manuscripts created for patrons such as Francois I in Paris and Empress Maria Theresa in Vienna will be studied in terms of content style and function.

Artists' Adventures in Montmartre View details

Montmartre is a region of Paris, which features cafes, bistros, night life and art schools, where travelling artists lived the bohemian lifestyle, recalled events and considered philosopy. Learners can dicover how this centre became a melting pot for art ideas which impacted irretrievably, on the established art world.

Artist's Colonies View details

Better communications and, in particular, the development of the railways in the 19th century, encouraged artists to move away from the big cities, sometimes individually, but often to establish' artist colonies' in rural and coastal locations. This course will look at works produced at a range of these colonies, including Barbizon, Pont Aven, Skagen and Newlyn, and the artists, such as Laura Knight, Stanhope Forbes, Eugene Boudin and Michael and Anna Ancher, associated with them. We will consider the impact the colonies had on art of the period, andin particular in the development of Modern Art with colonies such as St Ives and Karen,as well as the legacy they have today.

Assertiveness & Confidence (BBO/WiLL Participants only) View details

During these 2 confidence and assertiveness skills sessions you will be introduce to 10 confidence tips and techniques that you could use to improve your self confidence. You will learn a few ways of saying no and becoming more assertive. You will have a chance to practice these techniques and identify some easy ways you could appear and become more confident and assertive.

Astronomy View details

In this introductory course, we'll begin by looking at the major constellations in the night sky. We'll talk about the Moon and its origins, and then try to work out what we can see with the naked eye. We'll also show you how to find the major planets such as Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Venus. We'll show you how to spot various man-made phenomena including the International Space Station. Finally, because Christmas will be upon us sooner than we think, we'll also show you how to choose a good telescope and then how to use it.

Astronomy: Under Autumn Skies View details

Autumn 2020 will be an excellent time to view the planets. Venus will be found in the morning sky while Mars, Jupiter and Saturn dominate the evenings. In fact, Mars makes its closest approach to Earth this year in October. We will learn to recognise the stars and planets of the Autumn as well as information gleaned from space probes about them. Latest space and astronomy stories will be discussed. Learners will be given the opportunity to undertake some research on a topic chosen by them and, if they desire, to present the information to the class.

Autumn Art for Wellbeing View details

Enjoy the glory of autumn with this Autumn Art for Wellbeing course. Working indoors and outdoors when possible you will learn about landscape drawing and painting, land art and making temporary sculptures from natural objects, and painting seascapes.You will learn skills in easy stages in a fun and friendly group. Beginners and improvers welcome.

Autumn Art for Wellbeing View details

Enjoy the glory of autumn with this Autumn Art for Wellbeing course. Working indoors and outdoors when possible you will learn about landscape drawing and painting, land art and making temporary sculptures from natural objects, and painting seascapes.You will learn skills in easy stages in a fun and friendly group. Beginners and improvers welcome.

Autumn Gardening View details

The Autumn time continues to be a busy time for gardening, not only for regular maintenance but also putting the garden 'to bed' for winter and preparing for Spring by planting bulbs and seeds for the next season. This course is aimed at amateur gardeners or those who are new to gardening and want to learn more. In every session we'll do some plant identification to learn about plants that contribute their colour and seasonal interest to Autumn. We will also look at maintenance tasks to be completed at this time of year and any challenges the season brings e.g. pests and diseases. Lots of opportunities for learners to ask questions and share with other learners on the course.