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

Due to the current crisis, many Study Days and Courses organised by The Arts Society centrally are being held online


SICKERT AND THE CAMDEN TOWN GROUP

17th June, 10.30am to 13.00pm (Two lectures with a short break)
Lecturer: Julian Halsby

Sickert is one of the most fascinating figures in British Art. In 1906 he formed the Camden Town Group where he was followed by younger artists because of his international reputation.

Price: £20
Contact: Alison Watson - alison@watsonw4.com


FROM MONOCHROME TO POLYCHROME: HOW COLOUR TRANSFORMED THE ART OF GARDEN DESIGN

23rd June 2021, 10.00am – 1.00pm (two lectures with a coffee break)
Lecturer: Timothy Walker

The point at which gardening-to-stay alive was joined by gardening as an art form is unclear. Sri Lankans created gardens in honour of the God of Water 1500 years ago. Important considerations already familiar to fine artists, such as harmony and contrast, started to come into play, but Nature is a fickle palette. These are not “lifeless pools of paint on a palette” (Jekyll 1888) but living organisms with their own agendas. As we enter the period known now as the Anthropocene, do gardens have a new role to play in addition to their utility and their art?

Price: £20
Contact: Shahida Osman Email: shahida0504@outlook.com


BEETHOVEN AT 250 - AND A HALF!

5th July 2021, 10.00am (Two 1 hour sessions with a 15 minute break)
Lecturer: Sandy Burnett

Sandy will guide us through the life andnd work of this brilliant, cantankerous, visionary composer who tore up the rule book of classical music. Visual illustrations include a selection of contemporary portraits, while the musical examples will include piano sonatas, quartets and symphonies and from the opera Fidelio. Beethoven was a true Romantic artist who described himself a "poet in sound."

Price: £10 per device

Contact: Megan Bashir - meganbashir@gmail.com Tel: 01277 374 314


CARAVAGGIO: GENIUS OR VILLAIN: "A COMMEMORATION OF CARAVAGGIO'S BIRTH 450 YEARS AGO

20th July 2021, 10.00am – 1.00pm (two lectures with a coffee break)
Lecturer: Clare Ford-Wille

Who really was Caravaggio? So much has been written about Caravaggio the man, the artist, his impact and influence. Publications, films and articles have proliferated over the last forty years, sometimes creating confusion rather than clarification. The course will be an opportunity to look at what has been recently discovered and a chance to reappraise his life and work.

Price: £20

Contact: Shahida Osman Email: shahida0504@outlook.com


A BRIEF STORY OF WINE WITH WINE TASTING

9th July 2021
Lecturer: David Wright

Explore the fascinating story of wine and how it has been part of our global society for over 7,000 years. Its story tells us of its origin and appearance in all societies across the Mediterranean and through Europe. There is rich evidence of the role wine has played in these societies and how it became an important component of faith, well-being and festivity. From the kwevris of Georgia in 5,000 B.C., the symposia in ancient Greece, the thermopolia of Pompeii, the hospices of Europe, to the dining tables of fine society wine has been ever present. Drawings, paintings, engravings, buildings, pottery and wine labels themselves all contribute to the story. The lecture dips into each culture and century and picks out the evidence or role wine has played. After the lecture, experience the chance to taste and discuss Cote Du Danube Viognier 2020, Forgeron Dubois Syrah Rose 2019, Languedoc, France and Terra d’Alter Red, Alentejo, Portugal. Lecturer David Wright is a wine retailer, importer and distributor for 30 years. His company was named Merchant of the Year in 1987 - an award judged on independent wine merchants offering a carefully selected range of wine from producers committed to their region, and a high level of service. He lectures for The Arts Society and has, in collaboration with the head office, started a wine website for members, with a percentage of revenue returned to The Arts Society for investment in charitable activities. Over the years, he has publicly presented tastings and talks on wine to trade and private audiences. Personally, he considers wine an essential component to a contented life.

Price: £5.00 + 3 types of wine to purchase & taste

Contact: Jo Edna Corbyn - Email: esaartssociety2020@gmail.com Tel: 07758 097003 


THE SPLENDOURS OF CHINA

12 October 2021 - Marie Conte-Helm

  • An introduction to the Arts of China: Tradition, continuity and change
  • Travellers Among Mountains and Streams: Masterpieces of Chinese Landscape Painting
  • Sunken Treasures from the East: Tales of Chinese Shipwreck porcelain


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 NEO-IMPRESSIONISM: FROM THE DARKNESS TO THE LIGHT

26th November 2021, 10.30am - 3pm
Lecturer: Prof Anne Anderson

This is the forth of 5 study days making up the Jean Bolton Memorial Study Course for 2021. Anne will look at how light and darkness are portrayed in not just visual terms but in a painting’s subject. In 3 sessions Anne will look at Realism, Impressionism to Pointillism and Divisionism to Luminism.


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: Vivienne Jarvis - hiowsd2@gmail.com, Tel 01264 358065
Website: theartssocietyhantsiowarea.org.uk


IN-PERSON EVENTS

Please note that due to the current crisis these events are subject to change


EAST SURREY

We have lined up Special Interest Mornings for 2021 - subject to confirmation closer to the date. 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 ROMANOVS - THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LIVES OF RUSSIAN ROYALTY IN TSARIST RUSSIA

27th September 2021, 10.30am for 10.45am- 3.30pm
Lecturer Dr Rosamund Bartlett

We 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. We discuss questions of art patronage, politics and pageantry, and look behind the closed doors of their magnificent palaces.

Venue: Linnean Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BF

Price: £38
Contact: Email - psavours@gmail.com


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


NORTH WEST 

ELIZABETHAN ENIGMAS

6th September 2021, full day, registration 10.00am
Lecturer: Dr Jonathan Foyle

The Elizabethan Age is familiar to us through fabulous portraits of the queen, Shakespeare's drama and Francis Drake's bravado - but behind the mask these are strange figures to us: static, reluctant to reveal their emotions, wrapped in symbolism and living through the consequences of a turbulent era. What did they inherit of the old medieval world, and what did they create? Dr Jonathan Foyle, historian and television presenter, will look at these questions, taking us back to the Elizabethan age in the delightfully atmospheric Hoghton Tower, built in 1568, which will be open just for us. In the course of our included tour of the house we can even see how the Victorians interpreted ‘Elizabethan’ in their tactful renovations. A stroll in the enticing gardens will complete the picture of another time. We will be careful about distancing and therefore numbers are limited.

Venue: Hoghton Tower, Hoghton, Nr Preston, Lancashire PR5 0SH

Price: £50.00. Includes buffet lunch with glass of wine, tour of house and access to gardens.
Contact: Sue O'Brien - suegreenfoot@outlook.com


SOUTH WEST 

FROM HOLBEIN TO HOCKNEY: A HISTORY OF BRITISH PORTRAIT PAINTING

30 June 2021, 10.00am–3.30pm
Lecturer: Valerie Woodgate

Portrait painting has been more prolific in Britain than anywhere else in Europe. Explore the reasons for this and consider how the artist reveals information about their sitters and the social and political circumstances in which they were painted. Artistic changes in portraiture over several centuries will also be explored.

Venue: Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, Buckfastleigh, Devon TQ11 0EG
Cost: £39 (including coffee & buffet lunch)

Contact: Sarah Merchant – sarah.swstudydays@gmail.com T: 01398 341973. For more details visit www.theartssocietysw.org.uk
 

DECODING ART - A GUIDE TO ART HISTORY

23, 30 September & 7, 14 & 21 October 2021, 10.30am - 3.30pm
Lecturers: Geri Parlby & Jeni Fraser

Learn more about Greek art in the archaic and classical period and also the art of the Byzantine East in the not so dark ages. Explore the work of women artists across the ages before going down-under to discover the diversity of Aboriginal art. Examine medicine in art and a toxic tale of poisonous pigments.

Venue: Museum of Somerset, Castle Green, Taunton TA1 4AA

Price: £130 (full course)
Contact: David Yates - yatesdavid135@gmail.com
Additional information: www.theartssocietysw.org.uk
 

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


WESSEX 

RUSSIAN CULTURE FROM PETER THE GREAT TO STALIN

Six days of lectures exploring art and culture in times of dramatic change.

Douglas Skeggs
Wednesday, 27th October 2021

Peter the Great
Catherine the Great
The Romanovs

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