JMW Turner: Life and Landscape
18 Sep - 2 Oct 2017
Full course: £100.00
Per session: £40.00
Study Course Lecturer:
J.M.W. Turner is one of Britain’s most famous artists. So significant are his achievements that his name has become synonymous with sunsets, sailing ships, and the most celebrated (and controversial) prize for contemporary art. This course comprises a general overview of Turner’s life and career, from early beginnings to his late, iconic work. We will explore the artist’s relationship with the Royal Academy and demonstrate how he combined tradition and innovation in order to challenge the prevailing hierarchy of painting, and to significantly raise the status of landscape painting. Following in his footsteps throughout Britain and Europe, we will examine the important role that travel played in informing and shaping his landscape vision, and using the theme of the River Thames we will examine the various ways that his art evolved over the decades. Finally, a session devoted to Turner’s so-called late style challenges some of the oft-repeated myths about the artist’s legacy, and charts the waxing and waning of his reputation, before, during, and even after, his lifetime.
The course also offers an insight into a more private and unfamiliar Turner, examining in detail some of the lesser known areas of his output such as his sketchbooks, watercolour studies and print practice. In order to unlock some of the secrets of his extraordinary technical genius, a couple of sessions include user-friendly guides to watercolour techniques and print-making processes, and thereby offer an enjoyable introduction to historic media and materials.
Short Study Course Sessions:
i. Beginnings: The Royal Academy and the Pursuit of Landscape
iii. Colour into Line: Topographical Landscape and the Reproductive Print
v. Turner and Italy – Travels with a Sketchbook
Short Study Course Location:
Art Workers Guild
6 Queen Square
Please note that one or more sessions may be at another location if for example they involve a gallery visit. This will be indicated in the session details.
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Each Short Course is made up of three sessions, and each session normally consists of two fifty-minute lectures with a short refreshments break in the middle. While it makes most sense to attend the full course, it is also possible to book individual sessions only. Study Notes and suggestions for further reading will be provided.
Art Pursuits Abroad Art History Short Courses are generally held at the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The nearest tube station is Russell Square. We know that the chairs, whilst beautifully designed, are not the most comfortable, so do bring a cushion for padding.
Numbers are normally limited to a maximum of 70 participants or less per Short Course to ensure a personal atmosphere conducive to interactive learning with pleasure.
Once booked, we will then send you confirmation of your Short Course place(s), a map of how to find us, and suggestions for preparatory reading should you wish to do any. Bookings are non-refundable, though you may transfer your booking to another participant.
How to Book:
You can book on-line or ring us on 01280 820521 (we can take a card payment over the phone) or write to us - see our address details below.
Once booked, we will then send you confirmation of your Short Course place(s), a map of how to find us, and suggestions for preparatory reading should you wish to do any. Booking payments are non-refundable, though you may transfer your booking to another participant.
We only accept payment in British Pounds (GBP) and accept the following types of cards only:
An on-line booking may be cancelled within 7 days of the booking being made and the associated on-line payment will be refunded less an administration charge. We would need to be informed of the cancellation in writing within the 7 day period. Our normal booking terms and conditions will also apply.
Art Pursuits Abroad will not have access to any of the card details that you provide to WorldPay when you make your payment.
Please call 01280 820521 to book this course