The History of Art Group explores artworks within their social, cultural and historical contexts. We seek to include a variety of artworks and art movements from around the globe, from ancient to modern times. Each year members select a theme or themes to study over the ensuing year. A small group of volunteers then suggest a monthly topic programme to fit the chosen theme/s, the final version being agreed by all members. Each month one or more members usually volunteer to provide some background information and illustrations on that month’s topic. The discussions are lively, interesting and informal.
The Group functions on the basis of shared learning, with no-one being an expert in the field. Art reference books owned by the group, a U3A visualiser (used to project art objects and illustrations from books onto a screen) and a U3A laptop are all available to the Group. Southwell Library, where the group meets, has excellent visual aid equipment to facilitate the projection of illustrations.
The Group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in Southwell Library between 2.00-4.00pm.
As the photo below shows, we came out of "Covid Hibernation" in time to have a stall at our Southwell U3A Open Day in Southwell in August '21 and again in '22: See below for the programme we have planned right through to 2024.
U3A History of Art 2022 Programme concludes with:
17 Jan 2023: British portraiture (e.g. Lely; Kneller; Dobson).
U3A History of Art 2023 Programme
Surrealism 21 February: Origins of Surrealism in Art.
Session 1: Andre Breton (1896-1966) Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978)
Session 2: Max Ernst (1891-1976)
21 March: Well-known players.
Session 1: Salvador Dali (1904-1989) Rene Margritte (1898-1967)
Session 2: Joan Miro (1893-1983)
18 April: Others of interest
Possible examples: Alberto Giacometti; Leonora Carrington; Frida Kahlo; Roland Penrose; British surrealists
Still Life 16 May: Session 1: Overview of Still Life.
Session 2: 16th/17th century “giants”: The Bruegels Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
20 June: 17th century Dutch and Spanish
18 July: 19th/20th century.
Session 1: Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
Session 2: Giorgio Morandi (1891-1964) Vanessa Bell
Scottish Artists of 19th/20th century 15 August: Landscapes and City
Joan Eardley (1933-1988) James Morrison (1932-2020) Peter Doig (1959- )
19 September: Glasgow
Session 1: The Glasgow Boys, 1850’s-1940’s (approx. 20 artists).
Session 2: The Glasgow girls, 1880’s-1920’s.
17 October: The Art Nouveau Four: ie Charles Rennie MacIntosh; James Herbert McNair; Margaret McDonald; Francis McDonald.
Portraiture 21 November: Overview and early portraits:
19 December: Self-portraits by men and women over the centuries:
15th/16th century: Durer and Caterina van Hemessen 17th century: Rembrandt and Judith Leyster 18th century: Joshua Reynolds and Angelica Kaufman +/- Elizabeth Vigee le Brun 19th century: Van Gough and Paula Modersohn-Becker 20th century: Stanley Spencer and Frida Kahlo
16 January 2024: Members free choice
Any portrait from any century and for any reason: One portrait per member.
Click for Archived 2022, 2019, 2018 and 2017 programmes 2020 and 2021 programmes are not archived, given extensive disruption due to Covid pandemic.
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