Art Appreciation for All
Held at The Cut, Halesworth , Suffolk
Wednesdays, 10.30 – 12.30
13 th January – 10 th February 2016
“Do I like it?” “Is it any good?” “Is it Art?“
We will address these core questions over this 5 week lecture and discussion course.
You can come to one or to all the events. The first will be an overview lecture followed by a Question and Answer session. In the others, you will actively explore the elements of space, colour and composition in painting, sculpture and architecture. In the last session, we will focus on ‘what makes good art’.
- EXAMINING THE OBJECT: IS IT ART?
We will look at various objects from England and Japan, both familiar and strange, two-dimensional and three dimensional, old and new, useful and useless, physical and on screen.
Some of the objects will be famous, some anonymous, but each comes with its own fascinating story. These stories will help us tease out what we mean by ‘Art’, and this will help us create a framework for the sessions to follow.
What makes a painting ’Art’?
- LOOKING AT ART: DO I LIKE IT?
Knowing what each of us means by ‘Art’, places us in relationship with the object. In this session, we will explore our basic responses to artwork and our spontaneous reactions on seeing an object. What lies behind the feeling; ideas of pleasure, beauty, significance, association, ownership?
We will then go beyond our core responses to understand some of the terms which artists use to look at art; colour, shape, composition, harmony, tone, light, texture, space.
You are encouraged to bring along art objects you like to this session.
- HOW CAN WE RELATE TO THE OBJECT AND THE ARTIST?
Here we come to the core of the course. We look at the ways in which we can make sense of, and can appreciate any art object, whether or not we like it.
We explore the relationship between the artist, the spectator, the physical context for the object and the space within the artwork. We start to look at the wider context around the object and to ask shrewd questions that enrich our appreciation.
With this perspective, we explore the differences and similarities between classic and modern art.
- HOW DO COLOUR AND LIGHT MAKE THE OBJECT WORK?
In this session, we focus on how light and colour are used to organize an image, create style, and at the different meanings a colour (white, pink, blue, red) may hold.
We will make sense of an abstract painting through both exploring its colour and the story of its making. This process further changes our basic response to the work.
- IS IT ANY GOOD? WHAT MAKES AN ARTWORK WORTHY?
This session tackles the thorny topic of judgment. How might we know whether what we like is any good and whether what we don’t like has any value?
To explore this topic, we will look at some contemporary art, using Picasso’s Demoiselles D‘Avignon as our example, in conjunction with excerpts from The 2014 Reith Lectures by Grayson Perry.
Finally, we will bring our criteria for judgment to a wide variety of familiar art objects.