Art History Day School 

31. Mar - 14. Jul 12 / ended Royal West of England Academy

£30 (note book 11 courses for the price of 10).

All Day Schools are held on Saturdays, 10am - 4pm

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The Royal West of England Academy delivers a programme of one day Art History Day Schools delivered by recognised tutors and Academics providing an introduction to a number of subjects.

Spring / Summer Term 2012

This Enchanted Isle: The Romantic Spirit in Modern British Art, March 31st, Jan D. Cox MA

In the aftermath of the First World War, Paul Nash, and younger contemporaries, Eric Ravilious, Graham Sutherland and John Piper, captured a vision of Britain that evoked the ‘Albion’ of Blake and Palmer, in tandem with the pastoral music of Ralph Vaughan Williams. In the mid twentieth century, a further generation heeded this call; Neo-Romantic artists such as John Minton and Keith Vaughan, film-makers Powell and Pressburger, writers and illustrators. We examine the art of ‘this other Eden’ and explore the vibrant and spiritual engagement between artist, man and landscape.

Graham Sutherland: an English Cosmopolitan, April 14th, Rachel Flynn MA

‘I would like to feel free, and as much at home in France or Italy as I am in England. To a very large extent I do; yet this mysterious geographical tie […] still binds me.’ Graham Sutherland was a British painter, printmaker and designer who brought together the richness of the English Romantic tradition with the innovations of modern European art. This class will explore Sutherland’s practice and identity via his response to Wales and France, arguably the two places he found most inspiring, with a view to thinking about him as an ‘English Cosmopolitan’.

Jan van Eyck and the Art of the Northern Renaissance, April 21st , Dr. Gill White

The fifteenth century saw a tremendous flowering of painting and the arts in northern Europe, especially in the Low Countries. This dayschool looks at the work of one of the most innovative and accomplished of these artists, Jan van Eyck, who was notable both for the realism of his painting and the careful use of visual symbolism. The day includes two of his greatest masterpieces, The Arnolfini Double Portrait and The Ghent Altarpiece.

Infant Sorrow, Infant Joy: 300 Years of Painted Children, April 28th, Dr. Justine Hopkins

Children have always been a natural subject for artists, portrayed on commission for their parents or to charm the more general customer. This course explores how British artists from the 18th century to our own have been inspired to works which not only celebrate children and childhood, but also shed light on the changing attitudes which have shaped both.

From Poussin to Picasso: Neoclassical Painting in France, May 12th , Harriet Batten-Foster MA

Neoclassical Painting in France will look at the role of the classical in French art. From the work of Nicolas Poussin and Claude Lorraine in the seventeenth century through to the Neoclassical Avant-Garde in the 1920s, this dayschool will examine how the images of the ancient world were utilised by painters in France to convey artistic, individual and political issues. We examine also how traditional classical associations with order, harmony and simplicity proved relevant for painting in eras as diverse as the French Revolution, the Second Empire and the First World War.

Russian and Soviet Art: From Icons to Socialist Realism, May 19th, Theodora Clarke MA

This study day is perfect for anyone with an interest in Russian and Soviet art, as we present the major movements and artists of 20th century Russia and examine the various “isms” of the avant-garde. Major artists include Kandinsky, Malevich, Tatlin, Lissitzky, Goncharova, Chagall, Rodchenko and Popova. We discuss Tsarist patronage of Russian art and such movements as the World of Art, the Blue Rose Group and the Wanderers. We then consider geometric non-objective painting, the creation of a new Soviet culture after the 1917 Russian Revolution and Socialist Realism after 1932.

A Courtly Vision: The Tres Riches Heures of the Duc de Berry, June 9th, Dr. Gill White

The Très Riches Heures of the Duc de Berry offer an intriguing, beautiful and compelling insight into the world of late medieval chivalry, piety and artistic creativity. This dayschool will look at the illustrations of this famous illuminated manuscript and at the patron and artists who produced it, examining the intricate world of reality and imagination depicted and the society which gave it life.

The Glasgow Boys, June 16th, Jennifer Spiers MA

The subject of last year’s hit show at The Royal Academy, The Glasgow Boys interpreted the styles of both Impressionist and Post-impressionist painting in the 1880s and 1890s. Their main influences were that of Japanese print, French Realism, especially Jules Bastien-Lepage and, of course, James McNeill Whistler. We shall be studying works by Joseph Crawhall, Thomas Millie Dow, Sir James Guthrie, George Henry, E. A. Hornel, and E. A. Walton.

Mountaineers of Modernism, June 30th, Harriet Batten-Foster MA

Braque famously compared his partnership with Picasso to being like mountaineers roped together; this dayschool will examine some of the extraordinary partnerships formed in the creation of modern art. These partnerships provided the strength and confidence artists needed to push aside barriers of convention and tradition to create something truly revolutionary. We discuss such partnerships as Picasso and Braque, forged in the creation of Cubism, Matisse’s close association with Andre Derain and the explosion of colour that led to the Fauvists, and that between artist Robert Delaunay and poet Guillaume Apollinaire.

Driving a Nail: Constable and his Contemporaries, July 7th, Dr. Justine Hopkins

Discover how John Constable and his fellow painters changed not only British landscape painting, but also the way in which landscape itself was seen and appreciated, leaving a legacy which remains with us today.

Artists of the Dutch Golden Age, July 14th, Jennifer Spiers MA

This exciting and innovative time in Dutch art produced such artists as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals, Jan Steen and Pieter de Hooch. We shall be looking at these artists’ work throughout the ‘Golden Age’, placing them in the context of their time and studying the influences that inspired them to produce some of the most memorable and popular works in the History of Art.

All Day Schools are held on Saturdays, 10am - 4pm and cost £30 (note book 11 courses for the price of 10).
http://www.rwa.org.uk/learning/art-history-day-schools/


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