PAST EVENTS

 

The Double Life of Caravaggio

 

The Studio Theatre at RSC The Other Place was buzzing with anticipation on 9th May as Stratford upon Avon Art Society members celebrated their 60th Anniversary with a very special Founders Lecture.  

 

Celebrated art critic, author, journalist and TV presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon gave a fascinating account of the tempestuous life of 16th century

Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.   Members expecting a dry scholarly lecture were instead treated to a compelling, irreverent journey back in time as Andrew used his archival research to immerse us in the historical intrigues and artistic fashions in Rome at the same time as William Shakespeare was writing his plays in England.

 

The revered art of the period was in a late Mannerist style typified by Michelangelo in the Sistine chapel.   Remote and spectacular, it was not

designed to be understood by the poor people looking to God for hope in their desperate lives.   Caravaggio broke all the rules and was the first artist to produce arresting, dark and brooding canvases of everyday life which

depicted moments from the Bible that poor people could understand.  

Andrew animatedly described Caravaggio’s painting style as

“make it Real - make it Now”     These pictures have now been accepted as some of the greatest in the history of art and are to be found in the famous art galleries of the world.

 

Sadly, the lecture had to end before we could hear more of the violent and unpredictable life of this troubled artist which culminated in his early death.

 

Luckily, the talk was followed by an opportunity to buy signed copies of

Andrew Graham-Dixon’s book, Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane which gives the whole story in great detail.    Many members quickly queued to talk to Andrew and buy copies as souvenirs of this fascinating night.   

 

Saturday 18th May 2019

 

Workshop

 

Expressing Colour and Light in Pastels (Soft, Chalk based Pastels) with Tim Fisher

 

Thursday 28th March

 

Looking At Art

 

Rembrandt: Portraitist, Storyteller and Landscape Artist
 

 

Saturday 16th March

 

Workshop

 

Peter Kotka - Still Life in Oil

 

Thursday 14th March

 

Monthly Meeting

 

Vicki Norman - Landscapes in Oil

 

Thursday 28th February

 

Looking At Art

 

Inspired by Winter Colour

 

 

Saturday 16th February          

Workshop

Claire Botterill - Mixed Media & Doorways

 

Thursday 14th February

Monthly Meeting

Claire Botterill – Watercolour & Wax Resist

 

Sunday 27th January

 

Edward Burne Jones

Art Appreciation Visit at Tate Britain 

 

Sunday 27th January 

 

Klimt Art Appreciation Visit at RA

 

Thursday 17th January

 

Looking at Art

 

Burne Jones / Klimt

 

Thursday 10th January

Monthly Meeting

Peter Keegan – Portraits in Oil

 

8th November

 

Peter Kotka

Oil in Still Life

 

Looking at Art

 

Thursday 25th October​

 

The Pre-Raphaelites and Their Women

Saturday 20th October  Andrew Geeson

Watercolour – wet in wet

 

Monthly Demonstration Meeting

 

Mixed Media

 

Claire Henley

Sunday 23rd September 

Woburn Abbey

Great Canaletto Collection

 

Saturday Workshop

 

Paul Weaver

Rural Buildings in Watercolour

 

 

Monthly Demonstration Meeting

 

Dry Brush Techniques

Eva Bazhenova

 

 

 

Monthly Demonstration Meeting

 

Portraits in Oil

Nick Logan

 

General Workshop

 

Tom Shepherd – Oils & Acrylics

 

 

Art Appreciation Visit

 

RWA (Royal West Academy) Bristol.

 

Monthly Demonstration Meeting

 

 

Norman Rossitor – Pebeo –

Woodland Scene

Watercolour Workshop

 

Kathryn Wickson - Autumn Leaves & Berries

 

 

Monthly Demonstration Meeting

 

 

 

Max Hale – Water Soluble Oils 

French Café Scene

During the coffee break

Coach trip to the V & A 

Members and friends visit to the V&A. Several people also visited the RA and other galleries.

Demonstration by

 

Carol Hill – Oil - Landscape

 

 

Demonstration by

 

Vivienne Cawson

‘Contemporary Flowers in Watercolour’

 

 

For more information, please visit:

 

http://www.viviennecawsonart.co.uk/VivienneCawsonArt/Home.html

Demonstration Meeting

 

 with

 Ronald Swanwick

 

'Abstacts'

 

The images below show the development of the Painting that Ronald demonstrated

 

 

For more information, please visit:

 

http://www.ronaldswanwick.co.uk/

Demonstration Meeting with Nick Logan:

Charcoal Portraits

 

For more information please visit: http://www.nicklogan.co.uk/

 

Demostration Meeting

David Wilcox 

‘Dancers’ in watercolour

 

 

 

For more information, please visit:

http://www.davidwilcox-paintings.co.uk/

 

Demonstration Meeting Trevor Waugh,

Coastal Scenes

 

For more information please visit:

www.trevorwaugh.com

 

Demonstration Meeting

 

Paul Arnott:

‘Computer Art, Pigments and Pixels’

 

 

 

For more information, please visit:

http://www.artprofile.co.uk/artist.asp?artist=Paul%20Arnott

Using Acrylics

  John Somerscales

 

 

For more information please visit: www.jdsomerscales.co.uk

Peter Kotka 

 

Classical Realism with

a Contemporary Image

 

 

For more information, please visit:

 

 

www.balmangallery.com

www.peterkotkafinewineart.blogspot.co.uk 

Tom Shepherd

 

 Painting figures using oils

 

 

 

For more information

please visit:

 

www.tomshepherdart.com