May
24
Wed
The Course, Creation (Woman) 10/15
May 24 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, Creation (Woman) 10/15 @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks. 

This inspirationally compelling new course creates strength and variety from the vastness of its subject: the Creation of the World and everything in it as encountered by artists and writers throughout the centuries. Now we can read, look at, see what they saw from hill-top, valley-side, shore-line, doorway and windowsill across land, sea and sky: the Earth, and human life in all its glory and diversity. Each week’s programme names just some of the featured artists and writers.

Woman                                    

Unconstrained by Oscar Wilde’s “Women are made to be loved, not understood”, artists and writers create women they feel both for. Grace, beauty, strength, and the spectrum from pose to naturalness are tackled head-on by Mansfield, Farjeon, Tennyson, Shakespeare, Ovid, Byron, Joyce, Duffy, Forster, Tolstoy, Neruda, Heaney, Murasaki; Picasso, Praxiteles, Titian, Kandinsky, Millais, Watts, Vermeer, Romney, Dubuffet, Mary Cassatt, Renoir, Bonnard, Gauguin, and ancient artists.

May
25
Thu
The Course, THE ART OF SOUTH EAST ASIA: from Ancient Civilisations to Contemporary Living Arts, Burma & Thailand 5/5
May 25 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, THE ART OF SOUTH EAST ASIA: from Ancient Civilisations to Contemporary Living Arts, Burma & Thailand 5/5 @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This course will introduce the art and architecture of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Java, Bali, Burma and Thailand. It will explore its sacred art, examine carvings, symbolism and iconography that express fundamental religious beliefs. Contemporary art will be shown in the form of painting, especially in Vietnam, influenced first by China then France during the colonial regime. A glimpse of colonial architecture in Indochina will enrich your understanding of the fusion of East and West and glorious weaving traditions will also feature throughout the region. A look at sacred dance will reveal exquisite rituals and dance dramas that have evolved and survived to reveal the soul of the people and the role of dance today.

BURMA AND THAILAND: Sacred Artistic Heritage

We will explore the archaeological site of Buddhist temples at Pagan and glimpse at faded colonial architecture in Rangoon as well as silk traditions in clothing and dance dramas. In old Siam we’ll see temples and secular architecture influenced by the Khmer kingdom.

May
30
Tue
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (5/10)
May 30 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (5/10) @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

 This course will examine the changing face of the portrait from the 6th century to the present. It will look at how and why its meaning and function have mutated and why artists are still drawn to this medium despite the advent of photography. It will also explore whether a portrait has to convey an accurate likeness and how artists went about trying to convey “character”.

 JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY: Portraiture, Men & Art in the Age of the Lunar Society

The English painter Joseph Wright of Derby used portraiture to depict a new industrial age. He was the one artist who would document this extraordinary era and together with Sir Joshua Reynolds, Benjamin West, Nathaniel Dance and those who were on the periphery of this club (Captain Cook and Sir Joseph Banks) we will examine the lives, achievements, interests and connections of those who attended the Lunar Society or were associated with it (James Watt, Matthew Boulton, Josiah Wedgwood, Erasmus Darwin, Joseph Priestley and Richard Arkwright).

May
31
Wed
The Course, Creation (Man and Woman) 11/15
May 31 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, Creation (Man and Woman) 11/15 @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This inspirationally compelling new course creates strength and variety from the vastness of its subject: the Creation of the World and everything in it as encountered by artists and writers throughout the centuries. Now we can read, look at, see what they saw from hill-top, valley-side, shore-line, doorway and windowsill across land, sea and sky: the Earth, and human life in all its glory and diversity. Each week’s programme names just some of the featured artists and writers.

Man and Woman

Life in, and after, Eden is the elephant in the room of their encounter. Body language and the double portrait are manna to the creative appetite. Borges, Day Lewis, cummings, Muir, Shakespeare, Lawrence, John Betjeman, Shelley, Chaucer, Fitzgerald; Klimt, Holman Hunt, Rembrandt, Poussin, Martin, Bouguereau, Hamilton, Moore, Courbet, Mayan art, Matisse, Chagall, Renoir.

Jun
6
Tue
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (6/10)
Jun 6 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (6/10) @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This course will examine the changing face of the portrait from the 6th century to the present. It will look at how and why its meaning and function have mutated and why artists are still drawn to this medium despite the advent of photography. It will also explore whether a portrait has to convey an accurate likeness and how artists went about trying to convey “character”.

JOSHUA REYNOLDS AND THE PORTRAIT OF OMAI: Celebrity & the Exotic in England

This lecture will concentrate on one iconic portrait and the context in which it came about. In its time, Joshua Reynolds’s portrait of Omai became an emblem of Britain at the height of its imperial powers. We will look at his ideas of self-image, his influences and how this related to Omai. What does this portrait tell us about C18th English society, its perception or preconception of the Other or non-white European? How prevalent were pseudo-scientific ideas which affected the way Omai was perceived and finally envisioned? What happened when Omai returned to the South Seas? Can one ever go back and what was the impact of returning?

 

 

 

Jun
7
Wed
The Course, Creation (Children) 12/15
Jun 7 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, Creation (Children) 12/15 @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This inspirationally compelling new course creates strength and variety from the vastness of its subject: the Creation of the World and everything in it as encountered by artists and writers throughout the centuries. Now we can read, look at, see what they saw from hill-top, valley-side, shore-line, doorway and windowsill across land, sea and sky: the Earth, and human life in all its glory and diversity. Each week’s programme names just some of the featured artists and writers.

Children

Seen and heard through the silence of page and canvas, the child is always who we were, and the hare of memory is set running at once. Innocence confronts vulnerability and makes conflict heart-rending and vital. Coleridge, Kipling, Eliot, Greta Stoddart, Szymborska, Thomas, Dickens, Gaskell, Hardy, Jackie Kay, Stevenson, Emerson, Longfellow, Hughes, Merwin; Elizabeth Stanhope Forbes, Moore, Millais, Moran, Rembrandt, Ernst, Sargent, Monet, Renoir, Mucha.

Jun
13
Tue
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (7/10)
Jun 13 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (7/10) @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This course will examine the changing face of the portrait from the 6th century to the present. It will look at how and why its meaning and function have mutated and why artists are still drawn to this medium despite the advent of photography. It will also explore whether a portrait has to convey an accurate likeness and how artists went about trying to convey “character”.

 ANGELICA KAUFFMANN AND ENGLAND’S OBSESSION WITH PORTRAITURE

Angelica Kauffmann was born in Switzerland but went on to become a great British Neo-Classical artist, her reputation equalling male contemporaries in an age that rarely recognised women. Looking at her training and early paintings as well as the influence of the great Italian Renaissance masters and Dutch painting on her work, we will chart her rise to fame and her association with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Joshua Reynolds.    

           

Jun
14
Wed
The Course, Creation (Settling and Journeying) 13/15
Jun 14 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, Creation (Settling and Journeying) 13/15 @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This inspirationally compelling new course creates strength and variety from the vastness of its subject: the Creation of the World and everything in it as encountered by artists and writers throughout the centuries. Now we can read, look at, see what they saw from hill-top, valley-side, shore-line, doorway and windowsill across land, sea and sky: the Earth, and human life in all its glory and diversity. Each week’s programme names just some of the featured artists and writers.

Settling and Journeying

Ever since we stopped hunting and gathering, there have been settlements – by lakes, in deep country, villages, towns, cities – and dwellings set apart. But the restless spirit longs wondrously for Elsewhere. Eliot, Ibsen, Basho, Marquez, Woolf, Yeats, Chaucer, de la Mare, Humboldt, Heaney; Castiglione, Raphael, Tissot, il Grechetto, Cole, Chagall, Repin, Vermeer, Gauguin, Watteau.

Jun
20
Tue
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (8/10)
Jun 20 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (8/10) @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

 This course will examine the changing face of the portrait from the 6th century to the present. It will look at how and why its meaning and function have mutated and why artists are still drawn to this medium despite the advent of photography. It will also explore whether a portrait has to convey an accurate likeness and how artists went about trying to convey “character”.

INVENTION AND RE-INVENTION: Gauguin’s Portraits and the Myth of Paradise

Gauguin’s almost obsessive use of self-portraiture to control and manipulate his own identity was in effect to re-invent himself. We will look at these paintings to determine what message he was trying to convey especially during his time in Tahiti.

 

Jun
21
Wed
The Course, Creation (History-in-the-Making) 14/15
Jun 21 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, Creation (History-in-the-Making) 14/15 @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This inspirationally compelling new course creates strength and variety from the vastness of its subject: the Creation of the World and everything in it as encountered by artists and writers throughout the centuries. Now we can read, look at, see what they saw from hill-top, valley-side, shore-line, doorway and windowsill across land, sea and sky: the Earth, and human life in all its glory and diversity. Each week’s programme names just some of the featured artists and writers.

 History-in-the-Making The canvas and the page capture events, as they happen or happened, in a breath: war and peace, diplomacy and stand-off, the rituals of coronation and revolution, building and destruction, and their images, whether eye-witness or fantastic, all read like real history. Byron, Shakespeare, Longfellow, Virgil, Chaucer, E B Browning, Amichai, Camoens, Flaubert ; Goya, David, Canaletto, Picasso, Delacroix, Rembrandt, van Dyck, Brueghel, Masaccio, Leonardo, Caravaggio, Velasquez, Uccello.

Jun
27
Tue
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (9/10)
Jun 27 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (9/10) @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks. 

This course will examine the changing face of the portrait from the 6th century to the present. It will look at how and why its meaning and function have mutated and why artists are still drawn to this medium despite the advent of photography. It will also explore whether a portrait has to convey an accurate likeness and how artists went about trying to convey “character”.

RE-INVENTION OF THE SELF: The Art and Artifice of the Self-Portrait

When is a portrait a portrait and when is it not a portrait? We will take a look at the Art and Artifice of the Portrait & Self-Portrait and examine both known and unknown figures. What possible use were portraits and what meaning did they have to those who commissioned them?

 

Jun
28
Wed
The Course, Creation (Human Creation) 15/15
Jun 28 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, Creation (Human Creation) 15/15 @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

 This inspirationally compelling new course creates strength and variety from the vastness of its subject: the Creation of the World and everything in it as encountered by artists and writers throughout the centuries. Now we can read, look at, see what they saw from hill-top, valley-side, shore-line, doorway and windowsill across land, sea and sky: the Earth, and human life in all its glory and diversity. Each week’s programme names just some of the featured artists and writers.

Human Creation

Men and women are creators of what they write, paint and give form to. But so often their art is about creation itself: it visibly meditates on the act of imitating the original Creator or moment of coming into being, feels towards art as a whole new world. Woolf, Longfellow, Horace, Duffy, Gunn, Eliot, Auden, E Brontë, Ginsberg, Hopkins, Lawrence, Hughes, Dante; Rublyov, Martin, Constable, Raphael, Gustavo Olmedo, Watts, Hope, John Shelley, Reynolds, Piranesi, Dürer, Bosch, Guercino

 

 

Jul
4
Tue
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (10/10)
Jul 4 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (10/10) @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This course will examine the changing face of the portrait from the 6th century to the present. It will look at how and why its meaning and function have mutated and why artists are still drawn to this medium despite the advent of photography. It will also explore whether a portrait has to convey an accurate likeness and how artists went about trying to convey “character”.

THE PASSAGE OF TIME: Portraiture in Life & Death From the Middle Ages to the Modern Age

The final lecture will look at one of the oldest and most enduring preoccupations of the artist – mortality and legacy. Starting with the Medieval through to the Renaissance and Rembrandt’s obsession with his own image, we will finally come to the Impressionists and the modern day. Looking at works by Ofili, Hirst and Quinn, the parallels between artists’ practice and their preoccupation with mortality will be explored.