Braintree Area

Art Appreciation

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Group Contacts: John and Maxine Blackwell
If you are interested in joining this group please telephone John or Maxine on 01376 801660.

Meetings are from 2.30pm on the 4th Tuesday of the month.

We have now started having our meeting via Zoom.

The meeting on 23rd June was a test run to see how it would work with Zoom, seven members took part and Anne gave a talk on a particular painting she liked from Guernsey.
The Zoom meeting on 28th July was interesting, four members chose a favourite picture. The chosen artists were: Edward Hopper, Picasso, Lowry and Laura Knight. We all enjoyed chatting about the various artists and the particular paintings that were chosen.

We decided that our Zoom meetings for 25th August, 22nd September and 27th October will have three presenters allowing time for an open discussion at the end with anything members want to share.

At the 25th August meeting Sarah talked about the 'Fall of Icarus' painting by Peter Bruegel, the mythology behind the picture and referenced W H Auden's poem. John chose Eric Ravilious's painting "Chalk Paths', which brought back childhood memories of walking in the South Downs. 'Goslar Warrior' by Henry Moore also has a family connection for Maxine. It was a very interesting meeting.

The meeting on 22nd September featured Scottish artist John Duncan's painting 'St Bride', chosen by Jean. Stephanie gave a very interesting overview of Botticelli's 'Primavera', including the vast number of flowers included in the painting. Lastly Moira extolled the virtues of John Ruskin's painting of a Peacock feather, just one example of his attention to detail in his paintings. A very enjoyable Zoom meeting with lots of discussion.

The next meeting will be on October 27th with three more members choosing subjects.

If you would like to read more information about our meetings during 2019 please click on this Art Appreciation Meetings 2019, we have had a very interesting year.

If you are interested in finding out about subjects for previous meetings from January 2017 when we started, click on the link Past Art Appreciation Topics here.

We have been observing the Coronavirus restrictions so the last meeting we had at John and Maxine's was our February meeting.

Maxine subject for the 25th February meeting was Pieter Bruegel, known for his landscapes and peasant scenes (so-called genre painting). He was a pioneer in making both types of subject the focus in large paintings. The presentation generated lots of discussion. Members contributed their own information about this genre and a range of other items. A very enjoyable afternoon.

The meeting at Anne on 28th January 2020. The John Piper meeting generated a lot of discussion not only about John Piper but also war artists in general and their role during conflicts. Some members would like the meetings to be more participative, which there is no objection to. This will depend on attendees doing some preparation work of their own on the subject so they could participate rather than depend solely on the presenter to generate information/discussion. Generally it was agreed that we should adopt this change for 2020.

We will inform members when we are able to have another meeting. Subjects will be rearranged accordingly and a new calendar of events will be published.

Web Editor - Jean Ryan

Dates for your Diary
Tue Oct 27th Zoom Meeting @ 2.30pm.
Tue Nov 24th Zoom Meeting @ 2.30pm.
Tue Dec 29th Christmas holiday - no meeting
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Book Club 2 Bridge
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Flower Arranging French Conversation
Gardening Geography
Grumpy Old Men Grumpy Old Women
Jaw and Draw Group Jazz & Jammin
Killers & Thrillers Book Group Le Dejeuner Lunch Group
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Scrabble Singing for Pleasure
Snooker Spanish Conversation
Sunday Luncheon Tuesday Luncheon
Ukulele Group Walkie-Talkies
Walking Group 1 Walking Group 2
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