Study Days and Courses

Study Days and Courses

Plan ahead and discover new things on an Arts Society special interest day or course


VIRTUAL Events

Some Study Days and Courses organised by The Arts Society centrally are now held online


THE SPLENDOURS OF CHINA

16 November 2021 - David Rosier

  • China's First Emperor and his terracotta afterlife (221 to 209 BC)
  • The Emperor Qianlong (1736-1796)
  • The Dowager Empress Cixi (1835 to 1908)


18 January 2022 - Viv Lawes

  • The Honourable East India Company and East west trade: Chintz, Chinese Export and Chinoiserie 1600-1800

15 February 2022 - Patrick Conner (am), Jon Cannon (pm)

  • Tea, Opium and Hong Kong
  • The Imperial Gardens of China
  • Sacred Art of Ancient China


15 March 2022 - David Rosier

  • Origins, Evolution, 21c Legacy: Chinese imperial art collection
     

This event can be attended in person or digitally 
Price £15 per day (for 3 lectures)
Contact: wessexcoursessouth@gmail.com


Jean Bolton Memorial Study Course 2021 - Light and Darkness

"FIAT LUX!" IMAGES OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS IN THE MIDDLE AGES

4th November 2021, 10.30am - 3pm
Lecturer: Dr Sally Dormer

This is the first of 5 study days making up the Jean Bolton Memorial Study Course for 2021. Sally’s study day will explore the rich variety of ways in which light and darkness were expressed visually in the medieval world: how imagery brought biblical references of darkness and light to life; how church interiors were illuminated by light, both natural and artificial, reflected by smooth marble, and glass surfaces; and how artefacts that provided artificial light, candelabra, chandeliers, and candlesticks, were embellished with complex imagery relevant to their purpose.

LIGHT AND DARKNESS: REALITY, NARRATIVE & SYMBOL, 1400-1600

12th November 2021, 10.30am - 3pm
Lecturer: Paula Nuttall

This is the second of 5 study days making up the Jean Bolton Memorial Study Course for 2021. Renaissance painters approached light and darkness in a variety of ways, exploiting it for realistic effect, to tell a story, or to convey meaning. Paula will take us through this rich subject, encountering artists such as Van Eyck, Leonardo, Bosch, Raphael, Titian and Tintoretto.

LIGHT AND DARKNESS: DRAMA AND CHANGE 1600-1850

19th November 2021, 10.30am - 3pm
Lecturer: Clare Ford Wille

This is the third of 5 study days making up the Jean Bolton Memorial Study Course for 2021. Clare will take a look at how new approaches to light and darkness reformed religious painting, architecture and sculpture in the 1600s, how in northern Europe and Spain artificial light effects were used to striking effect and how such artists as Chardin, Friedrich and Martin used light and dark in the 18th and 19th centuries to great effect.

REALISM TO SYMBOLISM: IMAGES OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT

26th November 2021, 10.30am - 3pm
Lecturer: Kathy McLauchlan

This is a change to the previously advertised forth of 5 study days making up the Jean Bolton Memorial Study Course for 2021. In 3 sessions Kathy will look at Realism, Impressionism and Symbolism.

DIVINE LIGHT AND REVOLUTIONARY DARKNESS IN THE RUSSIAN ARTS

3rd December 2021, 10.30am - 3pm
Lecturer: Rosamund Bartlett

This is the final day of 5 study days making up the Jean Bolton Memorial Study Course for 2021. Rosamund’s day of lectures uses the prism of light and darkness to reveal the mysteries behind some of Russia's most remarkable artistic creations. Beginning with Orthodox icons, she will take us through art on the eve of the Russian Revolution and finally discovering the “heaven underground” in Moscow’s brightly illuminated metro stations.

Price: £12 per day
Contact: Ali Green - hiowsd2@gmail.com, Tel 07906 572851
Website: theartssocietyhantsiowarea.org.uk


FASHION, FURY AND FEMINISM: WOMEN'S FIGHT FOR CHANGE

5th November 2021, 10.00am - 1.00pm
Lecturer: Tessa Boase

The morning comprises two lectures - 'The Dark Side of Fashion' and 'The Women who Saved the Birds'. The first lecture looks at feathered fashions, especially hats, anmd at the women who made them. /the second focusses on the women sho founded Britain's biggest conservation charity the RSPB

Price: £8.00
Contact: Gill Gowing - gmgowing@btopenworld.com, 01923 777715


THE ROMANOVS - THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LIVES OF RUSSIAN ROYALTY IN TSARIST RUSSIA

22nd November 2021, 10:00am - 1pm, with15 minute break
Lecturer: Dr Rosamund Bartlett

This morning of lectures will explore the eventful reigns of the most illustrious of the sixteen Tsars and four Tsarinas who ruled Russia under the Romanov regime, including Peter the Great and Catherine the Great. As well as discussing questions of art patronage, politics and pageantry, we will also look behind the closed doors of their magnificent palaces to illuminate the often turbulent dramas of their family lives, and those of the many Grand Dukes and Duchesses who bore the name of Romanov.

Price: £20
Contact: Tricia Savours - psavours@gmail.com


PATRONS OF OPULENCE: THE MARQUESSES OF BUTE

22nd November 2021, 10.30am - 11.30am, 11.50am - 12.50pm, 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Lecturer: Mathew Williams

The Marquesses of Bute are an ancient Scots family. Their ‘Stately Homes’ in Scotland, England and Wales include Cardiff Castle, Mount Stuart and Dumfries House, the Scottish base of HRH The Prince of Wales. The Bute’s made a vast fortune from the Victorian coal industry, but chose to spend it on the restoration and re-building, creating some of the most spectacular and sometimes quirky interiors of the C19th. This study day introduces the Bute family and takes us through 3 centuries of artistic patronage. It introduces the architects and craftsmen who delight and amuse with their imaginative buildings filled with remarkable furnishings, textiles and silver.

Price: £12.50
Contact: Megan Bashir - meganbashir@gmail.com, 01277 374314


IN-PERSON EVENTS

Please note that these events are subject to change


BEDS & HERTS 

WHY PARIS? THE ALLURE OF THE CITY OF LIGHT 1900 - 1945

4 March 2022, 10.00 for 10.30 - 3.15
Lecturer: Mary Alexander

A stimulating and enjoyable Special Interest Day exploring how and why the city of Paris has acted as both a magnet and cauldron of talent for aspiring artists and designers. Discover more about the key events and personalities shaping the 'City of Light' during the first half of the twentieth century. Looking beyond the mainstream, we will identify the creative individuals, including newly emerging female talents, who shaped the Parisian concept of 'modernity' in art, design, interiors, fashion, and photography.Session One: La Belle Époque - city of pleasure and reinvention 1890s - 1914 Session Two: Partying into the Future 1920s and 30s Session Three: Paris Exposition 1937, Occupation and Defiance

Venue: The Abbey Theatre, Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans, AL1 22DL

Price: £40
Contact: Gill Gowing - 07882 761471 or gmgowing@btopenworld.com


CHILTERN HILLS

HOW TO VIEW ART LIKE AN EXPERT

17 November 2021, 10.30-15.00
Lecturer: Lynne Gibson

Would you like to develop your confidence in looking at Art? Do you want to discuss your opinions with insight? Put away your headphones, take your nose out of the catalogue and discover a strategy for looking at Art. Become an active, rather than a passive, viewer. It is a tool for life: simple and effective. We will put it into practice, through small group work, by looking at a range of paintings, and by discussion and sharing of ideas. For this reason, numbers present are limited. This study day is a must for anyone interested in visiting galleries, exhibitions and art museums. ‘See’ more! Learn to trust your eyes and enjoy Art to the full.

Venue: The King's Church, Raans Rd, Amersham HP6 6LX

Price: £42
Contact: Felicity Sykes - acechilternhills@theartssociety.org
Book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-makes-a-painting-a-work-of-art-tickets-167198444047

ENCAUSTIC TO ACRYLIC, DISCOVER THE IMPACT OF PAINT MEDIA ON THE ART YOU SEE

14 January 2022,10.30am - 15.00pm
Lecturer: Lynne Gibson

We are familiar with paintings being described as oils on canvas or tempera on panel, but might be surprised to discover the importance of this sticky stuff to the history of art. Buon fresco allowed artists to decorate the vast new Christian basilicas and Renaissance palaces. Tough egg tempera was ideal for altar panels. Rich gouache was the perfect paint for illuminations on vellum and paper. Without oils the Mona Lisa would not be mysterious, without modern processes Impressionism would never have existed, and Jackson Pollock could not have ‘splashed and dripped’ without industrial car paints. By examining some key works from Western Art history, as well as looking at paints, media and brushes, we will discover the important role materials and their techniques play in our understanding and enjoyment of Art.

Venue: The King's Church, Raans Rd,Amersham HP6 6LX

Price: £42
Contact: Felicity Sykes - acechilternhills@theartssociety.org, 01296620830
Book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-makes-a-painting-a-work-of-art-encaustic-to-acrylic-tickets-168573256147


EAST SURREY

PASSIONATE PATRONS - VICTORIA & ALBERT AND THE ARTS 

13 May 2022,10am - 1pm
Lecturers: Roger & Barbara Askew

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who were first cousins, were born just three months apart in 1819. Their shared enthusiasm for art and music endured throughout the twenty-two years of their marriage. Theirs was a partnership of patronage by a monarch and her consort which is unique in the history of the British monarchy. After Prince Albert’s untimely death in 1861, Victoria devoted herself to perpetuating Albert’s memory in commissioning and unveiling memorials and monuments throughout Britain. We round off the day with a dip into that quintessentially Victorian entertainment, the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan. After Albert’s death in 1891, the Queen commanded two performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operas, then at the height of their popularity, ‘The Mikado’ at Balmoral Castle and ‘The Gondoliers’ at Windsor Castle.

Venue: The Menuhin Hall, Cobham Road, Stoke D'Abernon, Great Bookham, Cobham KT11 3QQ

Price: £20
Contact: Jo Edna Corbyn - Email: esaartssociety2020@gmail.com Mobile: 07758 097003
For more information, please go to: theartssocietyeastsurreyarea.org.uk 


ESSEX

THE MARQUESSES OF BUTE PATRONS OF OPULANCE 

22nd November 2021, 10.00am to 14.30pm
Lecturer: Mathew Williams

One of the richest families in the Empire we will look at personalities and buildings and examine the Bute’s legacy of craftsmanship and creativity

Venue: Little Baddow Memorial Hall, Little Baddow, Chelmsford CM3 4TA

Price: £38 to include coffee at reception and a light lunch with drinks
Contact: meganbashir@gmail.com Tel: 01277 374 314


GREATER LONDON AREA 

THE ARTISANS OF VENICE

5th November 2021, 10.30am for 10.45am - 3.30pm
Lecturer: Anne Haworth

Venice’s picturesque beauty, unique topography and traditions of Carnival have earned it fulsome praise as ‘The Queen of the Adriatic’ or ‘The City of Masks’. As we will see in this study day, Venice can also be described as the City of Silk, Gold, Mosaics, Glass, Lapis Lazuli, Book-Binding, Musical Instruments or Gondolas.

Venue: Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queens Square, London WC1N 3AR

Price: £38 including coffee and biscuits
Contact: Shahida Osman. Email - shahida0504@outlook.com


HAMPSHIRE & ISLE OF WIGHT

EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY
DAY 1 - FOOD FOR THOUGHT: SPANISH, DUTCH and MODERN STILL LIFE PAINTINGS 

18th February 2022, 10.30am - 3pm
Lecturer: Daniel Evans

The first of 3 study days on the theme Eat, Drink and be Merry. Daniel will take look at food through still life paintings from 1560 to modern times. 3 sessions as follows:

1) Cabbages, Carrots and Lamb. Spanish Still Life from 1600-1812 Robert Hughes declared of Still life painting; ‘Still Life is to eating what the nude is to sex’, (we won’t go there I assure you!), although he did admit that Spanish Still Life painting is ‘more sacramental than gastronomic’. The lecture will cover a cabbage that has been painted with such astonishing accuracy that the painted version is more alluring than the vegetable itself. Featuring paintings by Velazquez, Zurburán, Meléndez & Goya, we shall explore several stunning key themes that can all be discerned from arrangements of simple food stuffs; religious fervour and symbolism, the absence of presence and that importance generates waste.

2) Caterpillars, Lemons and Lobsters. Dutch Still Life from 1560-1650 When it comes to Dutch Flower paintings the only real expert in the field (often literally) is the insect that lives off the stems and petals. As Harry Berger puts it “the caterpillar is connoisseur”. From Meat Stalls to Mince Pies, and Bubbles to Bread Rolls, this lecture will help you to discover the enormous symbolism that is conveyed by simple every day objects, that have been rendered with breath taking accuracy and convey really satisfying moral meaning. Examining works by Claesz, Steenwyck, de Heem, Bosschaert, van Aelst and Kalf; we shall explore the corruption of abundance, the mutability and ephemerality of life and the inevitability of death.

3) Animal Fur, Telephones and Apple Cores. Still Life as Real Life in the 20th & 21st Centuries The ‘lesser’ genre of Still Life painting was one of the vehicles that launched Modern Art in the 19th century, and the obsession continued into the subsequent century by Picasso, Dali and Oppenheim. Painting was replaced by the Object, often playing upon the established and traditional themes of old. Mortality, mutability and abundance can all be traced through the ground breaking ‘still life’ sculptures of Oldenburg, Taylor Wood and Hirst. Like the Still Life genre, in all its permeations, this talk will be an exuberant assault on the senses of taste, sight, sound, touch and smell.

Venue the Discovery Centre, Jewry St, Winchester

Price: £25
Contact: Ali Green E: hiowsd1@gmail.com T: 07906 572851
Web: https://theartssocietyhantsiowarea.org.uk/Special/SID.aspx

EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY
DAY 2 - BOTTOMS UP! A HISTORY OF WINE, ITS RITUALS AND ITS VESSELS

25th March 2022, 10.30am - 3pm
Lecturer: Andy McConnell

The second of 3 study days on the theme Eat, Drink and be Merry. Antiques Roadshow's Andy McConnell will give a light-hearted talk that examines the history of wine, an elixir that has sustained much of humanity for almost 10,000 years. Bottom’s Up! traces the story of wine: from its humble beginnings in rotting grapes before the Bronze Age to the present when single bottles can change hands thousands, even hundreds of thousands of pounds. Please note: the afternoon session will be 'roadshow' in style.

Venue: The Discovery Centre, Jewry St, Winchester

Price: £25
Contact: Ali Green E: hiowsd1@gmail.com T: 07906 572851
Web: https://theartssocietyhantsiowarea.org.uk/Special/SID.aspx

EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY
DAY 3 - WHY PARIS? THE ALLURE OF THE CITY OF LIGHT 1900-1945

22nd April 2022, 10.30am - 3pm
Lecturer: Mary Alexander

The third of 3 study days on the theme Eat, Drink and be Merry. Mary will explore how and why the city of Paris has acted as both a magnet and cauldron of talent for aspiring artists and designers. Discover more about the key events and personalities shaping the 'City of Light' during the first half of the twentieth century. An inclusive and exploratory approach is used with location maps, using both contemporary and old photographs of the city, and various art and design media. Whether you know the city well or not at all, there will be new and exciting discoveries for everyone.

Venue: The Discovery Centre, Jewry St, Winchester

Price: £25
Contact: Ali Green E: hiowsd1@gmail.com T: 07906 572851
Web: https://theartssocietyhantsiowarea.org.uk/Special/SID.aspx


SOUTH WEST 

DECODING ART - A GUIDE TO ART HISTORY

4, 11, 18 & 25 November & 2 December 2021, 10.30am - 3.30pm
Lecturers: Geri Parlby & Jeni Fraser

The birth and flowering of the Renaissance Period from Duccio in early C14th Sienna through to the Elizabethan period in the C16th covering France, Germany and England. Also lectures on Fifty Shades of Blue and Mass & Form - sculpture from Rodin to the present day.

Venue: Exeter Central Library, Castle Street, Exeter EX4 3PQ

Price: £130 (full course)
Contact: Carol Cathcart - ridge.farm@btconnect.com
Additional information: www.theartssocietysw.org.uk

DECODING ART - A GUIDE TO ART HISTORY

1, 8, 15, and 29 Mar & 5 April 2022, 10.00am - 3.30pm
Lecturers: Geri Parlby & Jeni Fraser

Join us on a journey of discovery as we help you understand and appreciate art and it’s artists – starting with Saints, Sinners and Biblical Heroes, continuing with Windows to Heaven, stained glass from the medieval to John Piper, and then A Feminine Hand, a celebration of female artists. We shall also try to Crack Architecture and explore how it affects our lives as well as finding out What Made Cornwall an Artists’ Paradise – a real smorgasbord of related subjects.
 

Venue: The Sidmouth Rugby Club, Heydons Lane, Sidmouth EX10 8NJ

Price: £130 for the five days
Contact: gillgill48@me.com or lapwoodsonia@gmail.com


SUSSEX

THE SUBLIME TO THE RIDICULOUS: HOGARTH, REYNOLDS AND GILLRAY

29 November 2021, 10:00am for 10:30am
Lecturer: Linda Smith

A Study of three artists, their lives, their works and their perceptions of Georgian society and politics.

Venue: The Ark, Mounts Lane, Turners Hill, West Sussex RH10 4RA

Price: £35 (including lunch) or £18 (without lunch) & now available 'Join on Zoom for £16'
Contact: Richard Beale - sussexarea@theartssociety.org
Book: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-sublime-to-the-ridiculous-hogarth-reynolds-and-gillray-tickets-166182094117


WESSEX 

RUSSIAN CULTURE FROM PETER THE GREAT TO STALIN

Lectures exploring art and culture in times of dramatic change.

Rosamund Bartlett
Wednesday, 10th November 2021

Art and Literature
Tolstoy and Chekhov
Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes

Rosamund Bartlett
Wednesday, 24th November 2021

Chagall to Heifetz
The Art of the Russian North
Russian Christmas Traditions

Rosamund Bartlett
Wednesday 26th January 2022

The Revolution in Russian Art
Constructivism and the Russian Avant-Garde
Russian Art and Architecture under Stalin

Brian Healey
Wednesday, 23rd February 2022

Decoding the Russian Icon
Isaak Levitan and the Poetry of Landscape
The Road to Revolution: Russian painting 1861-1917

Peter Medhurst
Wednesday 23rd March 2022

Tchaikovsky and ‘The Five’
Stravinsky and Rachmaninov
Prokofiev and Shostakovich

Venue: Market Lavington Community Hall
Contact: Julie Price, wessexcoursesnorth@gmail.com
More information: theartssociety-wessex.org/study_days