What: Exploring contexts and connections within our Western artistic heritage, with a view to increasing our understanding and so the pleasures we derive from it.
When: Friday mornings, fortnightly to alternate with Art Appreciation (many people belong to both groups). Coffee is available from 10.00 am and talks, usually by the Leader, David Norris, begin at 10.30. Forthcoming meetings: Jan 19, Feb 2, Feb 16 (Pat Grenfell and Carole Tapper on William Hogarth), Mar 2 and Mar 16.
Where: St Mary's Church Hall, Mariners Drive, Stoke Bishop. New members are welcome, we meet in a large hall and there is room for all who wish to attend. There is no need to telephone - just bring your up-to-date membership card to register at your first meeting. The Convenor, Brenda Hugill, may be contacted by using the message facility, see the symbol above right.
We study art history through selected works, reproduced by PowerPoint on our screen. Accompanying talks aim to analyse and make connections, discussing such questions as: why this subject matter? why represented in this way? how related to earlier works? how did artistic traditions and conventions change as the world changed?
The course began six seasons ago with prehistoric art and the plan is to continue eventually up to the early Twentieth Century. Prospective new members are invited by way of preparation to follow the links on the right of this page. While each season and each session can be enjoyed for itself, you will get most out of the course if you can attend regularly.
The subject of our current season is the story of European art from around 1640 to around 1770, with the theme From Baroque to Rococco to Enlightenment. For a summary of what is being covered and a sample of the works being considered, click on the link Introduction to the 2017-18 Season. Other links review our two preceding sessions.
Just turn up. Access without steps and a hearing loop are available on request. Nearby parking. 5 minutes from the Church Avenue stop for bus No. 4.
Updated 28/6/17 KP