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.
An Artist’s Best Friend, Dogs, Cats and Victorian Painters, Art History Day School, Justine Hopkins - Saturday 16 February, 10am-4pm
The young Pre-Raphaelite painters were fond of deriding the “monkeyana” pictures which had brought their predecessor Landseer such popular acclaim, yet their own pictures are equally full of animals cast in a variety of roles from the sentimental to the symbolic. Queen Victoria doted on her pets and the Prince Consort was no less devoted to his hunting dogs; where they led the nation followed, and the wise artist hurried to keep up. In this day school we will be considering the results of this national enthusiasm in the work of a wide variety of artists, among them David Wilkie, Edwin Landseer, Franz Winterhalter, John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt and John Singer Sargent. We shall also explore the careers of painters less well-known to us although equally popular in their day, including Frank Paton, Wilson Hepple and Louis Wain. £30
This day school has been programmed to coincide with the RWA exhibition Reigning Cats and Dogs, 11th January to 15th March 2013.
Manet, Jennie Spiers - Saturday 16th March, 10am-4pm
Manet was considered by the French Impressionist artists as the 'father' of impressionism but never exhibited with them, preferring to follow his own path with his unique, and at that time, shocking interpretation of modern life in 19th century Paris, leading to eventual success in the Salon. Linking this study day with the Royal Academy of Art's exhibition, Manet: Portraying Life, we shall take a detailed look at Manet's portraits which offer a fascinating insight into the artist's style and technique changes as well as to Parisian society of his time.
This day school has been programmed to coincide with the Royal Academy, London, exhibition Manet: Portraying Life, 26th January to 14th April 2013.
Drawing: Statement or Soliloquy, Justine Hopkins - Saturday 13th April, 10am-4pm CANCELLED
Drawing is the most fundamental tool of any artist’s practise, the basic foundation on which art depends for its very existence. Drawing is a process, a journey; the artist taking thought as the hand moves across the paper. Drawings can be made for public display or as the private notations from which public work comes; they can be complex or simple, large or small, elaborately finished or no more than a few hasty lines. Above all they are personal. Artists at various stages in their careers and in history have hired assistants to help with their paintings, their sculptures and their graphic works, but no artist ever hired someone else to make their drawings. This Day School investigates the ways in which artists through the ages have made and used drawings, and considers the things that those drawings can tell us more clearly than any other medium about art in general and individual artists in particular.
This day school has been programmed as part of the RWA exhibition Drawn 2013, 23rd March to 2nd June 2013.
French and British Impressionists, Jennie Spiers - Saturday 11th May, 10am-4pm
We will be looking at various French and British artists who painted in the Impressionist style and comparing the ways in which they differed from one another. We shall be looking at and discussing the works of French artists such as Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas and Berthe Morisot and British artists such as James Guthrie, Stanhope Forbes, Steer, Sickert and Laura Knight.
Keith Vaughan and John Minton, Jan Cox - Saturday 13th July, 10am-4pm
These two artists were major figures in the 1940s and ‘50s. John Minton, the ‘James Dean’ of British art, was the heart and soul of the Royal College of Art. A superb book illustrator, his life became chaotic as his Romantic approach to art came under threat. Keith Vaughan was described by Alan Bowness, future director of the Tate, as ‘The greatest British artist of the twentieth-century’. He devoted his life to the theme of the human figure in landscape and was a fine writer, diarist and a highly cerebral painter. Both artists embraced Neo-Romanticism during the Second World War, and we examine how their fortunes fared in the changing artistic climate of the 1950s. Our dayschool includes rare film footage..
Painting in the Dutch Golden Age, Jennie Spiers - Saturday 17th August, 10am-4pm
This exciting and innovative time in Dutch art produced artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals, Jan Steen and Pieter de Hooch. We shall be looking at these artists’ work throughout this period, placing them in the context of their time and studying the influences and inspirations that drove them to produce some of the most memorable and popular work in the History of Art.
This day school has been programmed to coincide with the National Gallery exhibition Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure, 26th June - 8th September 2013.
Angels and Locomotives: The World and Works of Edward Burne-Jones), Justine Hopkins
Saturday 14th September, 10am-4pm
“The more locomotives they make the more angels I shall paint ... I want big things to do and vast spaces and for common people to see them and say Oh! – only oh!” At school he was plain Ned Jones, “the kind of small boy you kick if you are a bigger boy”. He died Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones Bart., a household name and a painter of international renown; the first artist ever to be honoured with a Memorial Service in Westminster Abbey, by popular petition sponsored by the Prince of Wales. His friends were among leading lights of the Victorian era: William Morris, D.G. Rosseti, Tennyson, Swinburne and Whistler; his influence extended beyond his life-time to spread his legacy among the avant-garde of Modernism. This Day School explores the extraordinary career of the Birmingham frame-maker’s son whose pictures gave a new resonance to the term Pre-Raphaelite and the concept of Art for Art’s Sake, and whose visionary imagination continues to enchant and intrigue.
Freud and Bacon the Early Years, Jan Cox - Saturday 12th October, 10am-4pm
Today Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon are seen as giants of twentieth-century art, and their pictures command huge prices at auction. This dayschool looks at their early careers as we examine how they strived to achieve success. We look at their friendship in the Soho of the 1940s and ‘50s, and at their artistic techniques, sources and lives. We concentrate on their oil paintings from this period, and discuss the qualities possessed by both art and artists that led to their eventual fame and triumph.
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