I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
(R. Kipling, from the Elephant’s Child, 1900)
Our visual habits are formed in the early childhood, based on the everyday world that surrounds us. Thus, it is not unusual that we sometimes feel unable to understand the appeal and/or value of some works of art which are outside our semantic and visual comfort zone. Visiting art galleries, we seem to spend less time looking at the paintings and more time reading about them in order to understand them.
This day school is based on the 18 years of experience in working with the art gallery audiences on three continents. Drawing on various fields – from social and art history to art theory and formal analysis – “Art Detectives” proposes an empowering approach to art appreciation.
Focusing on the western European painting from the late medieval to Romantic eras, the day school offers some “quick-fix” methods that can be used to gain more insight and enjoyment and to expand our art appreciation. The audience is encouraged to become an ‘Art Detective’ and discover answers to the following questions:
- WHAT is it?
- WHY was it painted?
- HOW was it painted?
- WHEN was it painted?
- WHERE was it painted?
- WHO painted it?
‘Art Detectives’ school day shows the viewer how to look and think and be ‘at home’ with any classical painting.
To attend, no previous knowledge is necessary – but common sense, curiosity and a sense of humour are usually quite useful!
Date: Thursday, 16 November, Time: 10h30 -16h30
Methodist Central Hall,
Manchester, M1 1JQ
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Nirvana Romell, 37 Buckingham Road, Wilmslow, SK9 5LA, Cheshire