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Conversations with paintings

Look, discuss and share your reflections on paintings with a small, friendly group
Date
  • Thursday, 8 April 2021
  • Thursday, 15 April 2021 - FULLY BOOKED
  • Thursday, 22 April 2021 - FULLY BOOKED
Time
11 am - 12.30 pm BST
Available online only

About

What happens when we open our hearts, minds and senses to the discovery of paintings?

The Gallery's Marc Woodhead and Dr Christina Bradstreet will guide you in exploring paintings using a variety of techniques such as exploratory conversation, memory association, guided and silent looking, journaling, and questioning.

Join a small, friendly group to connect personal and intuitive responses to paintings with established art history on this participatory short course. In responding to art collaboratively we will bring something new to our understanding.

Come with an open mind to reflect on and savour paintings in a range of thoughtful and playful ways.

Image: Detail from Jean-Siméon Chardin, 'The Young Schoolmistress', about 1737

Week 1: Hubbub

Fully booked
Date
Thursday, 8 April 2021
Time
11 am - 12.30 pm BST

Explore the hubbub of Pissarro's 'The Boulevard Montmartre at Night'.

Image: Detail from Camille Pissarro, 'The Boulevard Montmartre at Night', 1897

Week 2: Focus

Fully booked
Date
Thursday, 15 April 2021 - FULLY BOOKED
Time
11 am - 12.30 pm BST

Become absorbed in Chardin's 'The Young Schoolmistress'.

Image: Detail from Jean-Siméon Chardin, 'The Young Schoolmistress', about 1737

Week 3: Reflection

Fully booked
Date
Thursday, 22 April 2021 - FULLY BOOKED
Time
11 am - 12.30 pm BST

Quieten your mind with Corot's 'The Marsh at Arleux'.

Image: Detail from Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, 'The Marsh at Arleux', 1871

Your tutors

Dr Christina Bradstreet is our Courses and Events Programmer. She is the author of ‘Scented Visions: smell in nineteenth-century art’. Her passion is promoting adult engagement with art and art history through innovative teaching approaches, including pioneering work in the field of art and mindfulness.
Marc Woodhead is an artist, art historian, and Gallery Educator. He was awarded the International Artist in Residence at Guernsey Art College in 2010, and runs his own tour company for adults, Art History for Independent Travellers. Marc also teaches at the National Portrait Gallery and the Wallace Collection.

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is for you, if you:  

  • love paintings, and would like to explore how connecting with personal, emotional and intuitive responses can deepen our understanding of the work
  • would like to learn through thinking, listening, talking, writing and doing with a group of like-minded individuals.

Format

Sessions last for an hour and a half and are co-led by Marc and Christina. 

This is an online course, hosted on Zoom. It will not be recorded and we invite you to have your cameras switched on, to get the most from this participatory course.

Courses
Fully booked

Conversations with paintings

Look, discuss and share your reflections on paintings with a small, friendly group
Date
  • Thursday, 8 April 2021
  • Thursday, 15 April 2021 - FULLY BOOKED
  • Thursday, 22 April 2021 - FULLY BOOKED
Time
11 am - 12.30 pm BST
Available online only

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