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Learning to Look - Summer School

Learning to Look

Summer School at the Bluecoat

August 7, 14, 21 & 28 2-4pm.

£10 each session or £32 for all 4 (£20 concessionary rate, for all 4)

Do you enjoy going to exhibitions but wish you knew more about what artists do or how art is made? When looking at art do you often say "I like that" but not really know why?

This mini-course in art appreciation will provide you with some basic tools for looking at, understanding and enjoying art.  We will examine a wide range of major works of art, historic and contemporary, and consider how and why they were made. By increasing your knowledge of the principles of design the course will inspire you to look again, and longer, next time you are in a gallery or museum. Sessions are aimed to help you develop a critical vocabulary and become better equipped to communicate how art affects you.

Questions we might consider as we are learning to look:

·         What is colour theory? How does it help us understand the paintings of Matisse?

·         How many types of line are there? Why are diagonal lines expressive?

·         How do artists create a sense of texture in two-dimensional works such as paintings, drawings or prints?

Just a few of the art works we might consider:

·         paintings and drawings by Picasso

·         Ancient Egyptian architecture

·         Renaissance sculpture

·         1950s American abstract painting

Sara-Jayne Parsons, exhibitions curator at the Bluecoat said: “From my experience of giving tours and talks I’ve found that visitors often have lots of great questions about what they are looking at in the galleries but sometimes they feel unsure about expressing their thoughts or sharing their ideas.

“Learning to Look” sessions will hopefully give people an informal opportunity to grasp some basic tools and vocabulary that will give them the confidence to talk about art or inspire them to seek out new experiences by going to exhibitions they might not normally consider visiting. And the summer is a good time to hone up your skills. The autumn season of exhibitions across the city looks set to be busy.”


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