Catherine’s Art History Study Days include three 1 hour lectures in one day with a coffee/tea break after the first lecture and an hour lunch break after the second lecture.
They consist of Powerpoint slides of paintings and photographs presented by Catherine with time for questions and discussion at the end of each lecture.
The subjects covered do not just include Cornish Art but wider subjects across the history of art in the UK and the rest of the world.
These study days are generated by Catherine and are mainly held at venues in Cornwall but are available to be booked by organisations such as The Arts Society across the Uk and beyond.
Study Days Cost £30 plus optional buffet lunch provided by host venue
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A FORCE OF NATURE: THE ART OF DAME LAURA KNIGHT
This Study Day is a survey the artistic career of one of Britain’s most popular figurative painters Dame Laura Knight née Johnson (1877 - 1970). From her early years as a student in Nottingham where she met her future husband Harold Knight to her time in Staithes. We then look at the effect the Cornish light had on her work and the friendships she made whilst in Cornwall. Constantly on the move herself Laura empathised with travellers and performers and we look at various groups she painted including ballet dancers, circus performers and gypsies. We also look at the many portraits she painted including celebrities as well as heroes and heroins of WW2. We end reviewing her late landscapes of The Malvern Hills.
NOCTURNES; THE ART OF PAINTING IN THE DARK
In this Study day Catherine will look at the Nocturne paintings of James McNeil Whistler (1834-1903) who was a leader of the Aesthetic movement in the UK. His influence was global and he inspired a generation of artists many of which came to St. Ives including J.Arnesby Brown, Julius Olsson, Moffat Lindner, Sir William S. H. Llewellyn, and Mary MacCrossan, meanwhile Stanhope Forbes in Newlyn became a master of lamplight and firelight paintings alongside other artists who specialised in twilight scenes.The theme of nocturnes is brought up to date with contemporary artists work
WOMEN ARTISTS IN CORNWALL 1940 ONWARDS
This Study day focuses on women artists who have lived and worked in Cornwall from the pioneering modernists in the 1940s such as Barbara Hepworrth and W. Barns- Graham, through semi- gurative artists such as June Miles and Rose Hilton to the many contemporary artists such as Sarah Adam and Nicola Bealing and many more.
ART OF WAR: ARTISTS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR
In this study day we discover the art created for various Government Schemes to record and interpret aspects of the First World War at home and abroad and the impact of being an official war artist had on British modernists such as Paul Nash, C.R.Nevinson and Percy Wyndham Lewis. We also look at the jobs women undertook during the war as depicted by artists such as Anna Airy, Flora Lion and Clare Atwood and how they re eat the change of womens’ role in society. We see how artists such as Lucy Kemp- Welch and Alfred Munnings captured the part horses played during WW1 in their paintings including a portrait of the most famous ‘War horse’ of all - ‘Warrior’.
ART OF WAR: ARTISTS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR
Following on from the Art of War:Artists of the First World War Study Day, this Study Day looks at the art commissioned and made in the Second World War by modern artists such as Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Stanley Spencer and Paul Nash who depicted the home front, industries and battles in the air. Prominent women artists were also chosen such as Laura Knight to paint heroines of the armed forces and industry.We also look at artists who were sent abroad to record and interpret the various theatres of war from Italy to Egypt, Normandy to Morocco and Burma to Belsen..
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