STUDY DAYS IN DORSET & SOMERSET - 2018

Jennie holds a variety of Art History study days in Dorset and Somerset and these run throughout the year.

 

To discuss or book one of Jennie's study days, please contact her direct, either by calling on 01258 818249 or sending an email via the contact page.

 

 

Plumber Manor, Fifehead Neville

Plumber Manor is a luxury Jacobean country house hotel set in quiet rural north Dorset. Built from local stone and surrounded by attractive gardens it has been owned by the same family for four centuries.

Manor Hotel, Yeovil

 

The Manor Hotel at Hendford in Yeovil is an eighteenth century manor house built from mellow stone. It is full of character and a large conservatory overlooks the private garden.

Set in the heart of Poundbury, the Dorset Centre for Creative Arts provides masterclasses in both the arts and crafts. It hosts exhibitions, art courses and has its own cafe. For more details about the DCCA please click here.

2019 STUDY DAYS

Sickert - The Juvenile Lead

 

 

 The Camden Town Group

 

 

Marsham Court Hotel

3 Russell-Cotes Road,

East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AB

 

 

Saturday 2 February

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

 

A study of this short-lived group, 1911-1913, which was founded by artists such as Walter Sickert, Robert Polhill Bevan, Harold Gilman and Charles Ginner, by looking at their highly interesting and innovative works in the Post-Impressionist era.

 

The total cost for the day is £30.00 which includes refreshments and biscuits on arrival and at morning break.

 

Bonnard - Self Portrait

 

 

 Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory

 

 

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel

9 Fore Street, Evershot

Dorset DT2 0JR

 

 

Monday 4 February

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

Exhibition at the Tate Modern (23 January 2019 - 6 May 2019)

 

To complement the first major exhibition of Bonnard’s work in Britain for 20 years, our study morning will discuss his unconventional use of colour and innovative compositions.  Bonnard preferred to work from memory to produce his landscapes and intimate domestic scenes.

 

The total cost for the day is £30.00 which includes refreshments and pastries.

 

Renoir

 

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

 

 

Abbey Manor Business Centre,

The Abbey, Preston Road,

Yeovil

BA20 2EN

 

 

 

Wednesday 20 February

10:00 - 13:00

 

Best known for his paintings of bustling Parisian modernity and leisure in the late 19th century and, although celebrated as a colourist with a talent for capturing the movement of light and shadow, Renoir started to explore Renaissance painting in the middle of his career, which led him to integrate more line and composition to his mature works.  Renoir stated "Why shouldn't art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world." 

 

The cost for the day is £30.00, which includes refreshments with biscuits.

 

 

Elizabeth I

 

The Portrait

 

 

Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts

Middle Way Farm, Poundbury, Dorset

DT1 3AR

 

 

 

Tuesday 26 February

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

 

 

 

Discussing portraits from the Renaissance to the 20th Century. From self-portraits to the highly symbolic portraits of Elizabeth I and on to works by Warhol, Hockney and Spencer.

 

The total cost for the day is £25.00 which includes refreshments on arrival and at break.

 

Swynnerton

 

Annie Louisa Robinson Swynnerton ARA

 

 

Marsham Court Hotel

3 Russell-Cotes Road,

East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AB

 

 

Wednesday 27 February

10.00 - 13.00

 

Swynnerton faced prejudice not just for her gender but also for her realistic, unromanticised depiction of female bodies, which was dismissed by those who preferred unblemished classical fantasy. She was a passionate supporter of the women’s right to vote for over three decades and campaigned for better opportunities for women artists, setting up the Manchester Society of Women Painters, and challenging the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts to open up membership, exhibitions and training to women.  "I have had to struggle so hard. You see, when I was young, women could not paint - or so it was said.” 

 

In our study of this pioneering artist’s work we shall also be looking at her collaboration with the artist Susan Isabel Dacre (1844-1933), her co-founder of the Manchester Society of Women Painters.  Both of these artists were influential and active in the Suffrage Movement.  As was a very local Dorset artist, Mary Lowndes(1856–1929), who was born in Sturminster Newton.  She was a founder member of the Artists’ Suffrage League, which we will also be discussing in relation to women artists in general who were striving, not just to prove their worth in the male-dominated art world, but in the long and hard struggle for Women’s Rights in the Victorian age.

 

The total cost for the day is £30.00 which includes refreshments and biscuits on arrival and at morning break.

 

Bosch

 

 

 Northern Renaissance

 

 

Marsham Court Hotel

3 Russell-Cotes Road,

East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AB

 

 

Saturday 23 February & 2 March

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

The centre of the European Renaissance movement was in Italy, however, over time the ideas and influences of the Italian Renaissance spread to other areas of Europe. The "Northern" Renaissance refers to Renaissance art, architecture, and philosophy that took place outside of Italy.  We will be discussing works by artists from the Netherlands such as Jan Van Eyck, Roger Van Der Weyden, Bosch, Breughel and from Germany: Grunewald, Dürer, Cranach the Elder and Holbein the Younger.

 

The total cost for the day is £30.00 which includes refreshments and biscuits on arrival and at morning break.

 

Boilly - Passer Payez

 

 

 Boilly: Scenes of Parisian Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel

9 Fore Street, Evershot

Dorset DT2 0JR

 

 

Monday 4 March

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

 

Exhibition at the National Gallery (28 February – 19 May 2019)

 

This intriguing artist courted controversy with his audacious responses to the fluctuating environment in which he lived and worked,  ‘Boilly witnessed the French Revolution, the rise and fall of Napoleon, and the Restoration of the French Monarchy.’ 

 

The total cost for the day is £30.00 which includes refreshments and pastries.

 

Galizia - Judith

 

Women Artists of the Renaissance

 

Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts

Middle Way Farm, Poundbury, Dorset

DT1 3AR

 

 

Tuesday 19 March

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

 

 

 

Looking at the astounding works by women working in an age of huge cultural shifts which saw a number of secular female artists gaining international reputations.

 

The total cost for the day is £25.00 which includes refreshments on arrival and at break.

 

Sargent - The Garden Wall

 

Art of the Garden

 

 

Abbey Manor Business Centre,

The Abbey, Preston Road,

Yeovil

BA20 2EN

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 20 March

10:00 - 13:00

 

We will discuss depictions of some beautiful, inspiring and intriguing gardens dating back to the Egyptians, through to the wonderful Italian Renaissance Gardens – with a look at the meanings and origins of their design – the Arts & Crafts garden designs and on to garden paintings by the Impressionists and beyond, featuring works by artists such as Monet, Clausen, Renoir, Berthe Morisot, Sargent, Guthrie, Cedric Morris, Klimt, Matisse, Kandinsky, Spencer, John Nash and Winifred Nicholson.

 

The cost for the day is £30.00, which includes refreshments with biscuits.

 

 

Titian - Man with a Padded Sleeve

 

 

 Venetian School

 

 

Marsham Court Hotel

3 Russell-Cotes Road,

East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AB

 

 

Saturday 23 & 30 March

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

We will be studying the unique Venetian style of painting characterised by deep, rich colours, an emphasis on patterns and surfaces and a strong interest in the effects of light.  This style of art in Venice from the late 15th - 16th Century, demonstrated a departure from the more sculptural and linear technique of the Florentine painters and was led by artists such as Giovanni Bellinini, Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese.  We will be looking at the works of these artists, describing their techniques, subject matter and historical context.

 

The total cost for the day is £30.00 which includes refreshments and biscuits on arrival and at morning break.

 

Surikov - Taking a Snow Town

 

 Art in the Snow

 

 

Marsham Court Hotel

3 Russell-Cotes Road,

East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AB

 

 

Wednesday 27 March

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

The depiction of landscapes in Western art began to surface in the 15th century with the first depictions of snow as a theme sometimes religious or even fantasy landscapes. We will be looking at works through the eras from Northern Renaissance images by Breughel, Romantic artists such as Caspar Friedrich, Russian artists such as Surikov, through the Impressionists and beyond, including Kandinsky and Munch.  A wide and very varied selection of artists and styles showing off their skills and interpretations of wintry landscapes  – wrap up warm!!

 

The total cost for the day is £30.00 which includes refreshments and biscuits on arrival and at morning break.

 

Rackham - Fairy Tales

 

The Fairytale Art of Arthur Rackham

 

 

Plumber Manor Country House Hotel

Nr Sturminster Newton,

Dorset DT10 2AF

 

 

Thursday 28 March

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

 

Arthur Rackham (1867-1939): Rackham is recognised as one of the leading figures of British book illustration. His work is noted for its robust pen and ink drawings, which were combined with the use of watercolour. We will also take a look at works by other leading artists during the ‘Golden Age of Illustration’, such as Walter Crane, Edmund Dulac, Aubrey Beardsley and Kay Nielsen.

 

The total cost for the day is £25.00 which includes morning break refreshments of home made fruit cake and biscuits.

 

Van Gogh - The Old Mill

 

 

 The Ey Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain

 

 

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel

9 Fore Street, Evershot

Dorset DT2 0JR

 

 

Monday 1 April

10.00 - 13.00

                                                                                                   

Exhibition at the Tate Britain (27 March – 11 August 2019)

 

Discussing some of van Gogh’s work displayed in this exhibition, which brings together ‘The largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for nearly a decade.’  Inspired by the art of Constable and Millais when he lived in England, van Gogh carried these influences throughout his career and his art in turn inspired artists such as Francis Bacon, David Bomberg and the Camden Town Group.

 

The total cost for the day is £30.00 which includes refreshments and pastries.

 

Brueghel - Hunters in the Snow

 

Art in the Snow

 

 

Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts

Middle Way Farm, Poundbury, Dorset

DT1 3AR

 

Tuesday 16 April

10.00 - 13.00

 

Discussing portraits from the Renaissance to the 20th Century. From self-portraits to the highly symbolic portraits of Elizabeth I and on to works by Warhol, Hockney and Spencer.

 

The total cost for the day is £25.00 which includes refreshments on arrival and at break.

 

Degas

 

Degas: Picturing Ballet

 

 

Abbey Manor Business Centre,

The Abbey, Preston Road,

Yeovil

BA20 2EN

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 17 April

10:00 - 13:00

 

 

Degas’ depictions of ballet dancers shows us a glimpse of a world of grace and sensuousness, full of soft pastel shades, blurring and diffusing through movement and space. What he also describes for us is the hidden world of the dancer - a mixture of gruelling practice, exertion, fatigue and boredom.  Documenting this contrast between the public performance of great beauty and elegance with the unseen rigours of the ballet school, Degas’ unique approach to painting never fails to intrigue and delight.

 

The cost for the day is £30.00, which includes refreshments with biscuits.

 

 

Nicholas Hilliard - Unknown Man

 

Artists of the Tudor Court

 

 

Marsham Court Hotel

3 Russell-Cotes Road,

East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AB

 

 

Wednesday 24 April

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

 

 

Looking at artists engaged by the royalty and their courtiers between 1485 and 1603 - from the reign of Henry VII to the death of Elizabeth I; artists such as Marcus Gheeraerts The Younger, Hans Holbein The Younger, Nicholas Hilliard, Levina Teerlinc, William Segar and George Gower. We will also take a look at the Tudor architecture of this period, the final phase of medieval design from grand houses to small cottages – they are a delight!

 

The total cost for the day is £25.00 which includes morning break refreshments of home made fruit cake and biscuits.

 

Renoir - By the Water

 

Pierre Auguste Renoir

 

 

Plumber Manor Country House Hotel

Nr Sturminster Newton,

Dorset DT10 2AF

 

 

 

 

Thursday 25 April

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

"Why shouldn't art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world." Renoir is best known for his paintings of bustling Parisian modernity and leisure in the late 19th century. Celebrated as a colourist with a keen eye for capturing the movement of light and shadow, Renoir started to explore Renaissance painting in the middle of his career, which led him to integrate more line and composition into his mature works and create some of his era's most timeless canvases.

 

The total cost for the day is £25.00 which includes morning break refreshments of home made fruit cake and biscuits.

 

Ramesses II

 

 

 Art Under the Dictators

 

 

Marsham Court Hotel

3 Russell-Cotes Road,

East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AB

 

 

Saturday 4 & 18 May

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

 

This course will examine the way art was used as a propaganda tool in Europe under the dictators from 1930-45 in Rome, Moscow and Berlin. Historically, art has been used to reinforce the power of political rulers and states since the ancient Egyptians.  We will be looking at the more recent application of this relationship between art and power, through the art of the years just prior to the Second World War and up until the end of that war.

 

The total cost for the day is £30.00 which includes refreshments and biscuits on arrival and at morning break.

 

Magritte - The Son of Man

 

Surrealism

 

 

Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts

Middle Way Farm, Poundbury, Dorset

DT1 3AR

 

 

Tuesday 7 May

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

 

Officially consecrated in Paris in 1924 with the publication of the Manifesto of Surrealism by the poet and critic André Breton (1896–1966), Surrealism became an international intellectual and political movement.  We will look at works by artists such as Giorgio de Chirico whose style of metaphysical art influenced the surrealists, Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dali, René Magritte, Max Ernst, Dora Carrington and Dorothea Tanning.

 

The total cost for the day is £25.00 which includes refreshments on arrival and at break.

 

Soutine - Steeple at Ceret

 

 

 Montparnasse: Artists Working in Montparnasse

1910-1945

 

 

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel

9 Fore Street, Evershot

Dorset DT2 0JR

 

 

Monday 13 May

10.00 - 13.00

                                                                                                   

A study of the works of some of the artists who arrived in Montparnasse virtually penniless, Jean Cocteau once said that “poverty was a luxury in Montparnasse”, we will discover a colourful array of highly innovative artists such as Picasso, Chagall, Nina Hamnett, Fernand Léger, Chaim Soutine, Modigliani, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, Constantin Brâncuși and Man Ray.

 

The total cost for the day is £30.00 which includes refreshments and pastries.

 

Gonzales - Secretly

 

Three French C19th Women Artists: Bracquemons, Gonzales & Valadon

 

 

Abbey Manor Business Centre,

The Abbey, Preston Road,

Yeovil

BA20 2EN

 

 

 

Wednesday 15 May

10:00 - 13:00

 

 

Three women artists working in France in the late 19th century, namely, Marie Bracquemond (1840–1916), Eva Gonzalès (1849–1883), and Suzanne Valadon (1865–1938).  Three highly interesting artists with very different backgrounds and styles.  We will explore these inspiring women artists through their artworks and discuss the similarities and differences between their lives, artworks and inspirations.

 

The cost for the day is £30.00, which includes refreshments with biscuits.

 

 

Millet - The Gleaners

 

 The Barbizon School

 

 

Marsham Court Hotel

3 Russell-Cotes Road,

East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AB

 

 

Wednesday 22 May

10.00 - 13.00

 

An exhibition of the paintings by John Constable at the Paris Salon of 1824 set the stage for a new genre in France, that of painting from nature in a realistic manner, as opposed to the neo-classical, idealised way in which artists had traditionally been trained.  The Barbizon School is the term used for a group of artists who worked around the village of Barbizon, located just outside Paris near the Forest of Fontainebleau.  We will look at works by photographers such as Jean-Baptiste Gustave Le Gray, who has been called "the most important French photographer of the nineteenth century" and painters such as Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Theodore Rousseau, Jean-Francois Millet and Charles-François Daubigny and discuss their impact on the Impressionists.

 

The total cost for the day is £30.00 which includes refreshments and biscuits on arrival and at morning break.

 

Stubbs - Whistlejacket

 

The Art of George Stubbs

 

 

Plumber Manor Country House Hotel

Nr Sturminster Newton,

Dorset DT10 2AF

 

 

Thursday 23 May

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

 

 

 

George Stubbs (1724 – 1806):  Stubbs was classified in his lifetime as a sporting painter, and as such was excluded from full membership of the Royal Academy. He is best remembered for his paintings of horses and his conversation pieces. Having studied anatomy, Stubbs's pictures of horses are among the most accurate ever painted, but his work is lyrical and transcends naturalism.

 

The total cost for the day is £25.00 which includes morning break refreshments of home made fruit cake and biscuits.

 

Macdonald - The Three Perfumes

 

Modern Scottish Women: Painters and Sculptors 1885-1965

 

 

Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts

Middle Way Farm, Poundbury, Dorset

DT1 3AR

 

 

Tuesday 4 June

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

In 1885 Sir William Fettes Douglas, President of the Royal Scottish Academy, declared that the work of a woman artist was ‘like a man’s only weaker and poorer.’  In the same year, Fra Newbery became the Director of the Glasgow School of Art and promoted gender equality amongst his staff and students.  By 1965 an unprecedented number of Scottish women trained and worked as artists.  We will look at some stunning and innovative works by artists such as  Margaret Macdonald (1864-1933),  Phoebe Anna Traquair (1853-1936) and Anne Redpath(1895-1965) and sculptors such a Hannah Frank (1908-2008) and Ann Henderson (1921-1976).

 

The total cost for the day is £25.00 which includes refreshments on arrival and at break.

 

Lautrec - Box at the Theatre

 

Cafe Culture in Paris: The Lure of Montmartre

 

 

Abbey Manor Business Centre,

The Abbey, Preston Road,

Yeovil

BA20 2EN

 

 

 

Wednesday 5 June

10:00 - 13:00

 

 

Artists, intellectuals, and writers flocked to this bohemian district, frequenting its vibrant cabarets, café-concerts, dance halls, music halls, theatres, and circuses and celebrating them in their paintings, literature, and poems. Looking at depictions of Montmartre from the early 1880s through to the early 1900s by artists such as Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso and Lautrec. 

 

The cost for the day is £30.00, which includes refreshments with biscuits.

 

 

Holman Hunt - Valentine Rescuing Sylvia

 

 Shakespeare and the Artists

 

 

Marsham Court Hotel

3 Russell-Cotes Road,

East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AB

 

 

Saturday 8 June

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

Artists began engaging with Shakespeare’s works in the early 18th century with small engraved images for frontispieces in new editions of the Bard’s plays.  Since then the list of artists and movements depicting scenes from Shakespeare’s writings, or from poems inspired by the works, has grown considerably from Hogarth, Blake and Fuseli through to Delacroix, Landseer and the Pre-Raphaelites and on to artists of the 20th century.

 

The total cost for the day is £30.00 which includes refreshments and biscuits on arrival and at morning break.

 

JWM Turner - Flint Castle

 

 

J M W Turner and his Influence on Modern Art Movements

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marsham Court Hotel

3 Russell-Cotes Road,

East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AB

 

 

Wednesday 19 June

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

We will explore this outstanding artist’s influence on future generations of artists, such as the Impressionists, and what led the American Abstract Expressionist artist, Mark Rothko, to remark in viewing Turner’s works: “This man Turner, he learned a lot from me.”  Within a single year (1839–40) the Art Union described Turner as ‘the greatest of the age’ and a‘madman’ who ‘says wonderful things between fits’.  Let’s make our own minds up on that by studying his fabulous later works in detail.

 

The total cost for the day is £25.00 which includes morning break refreshments of home made fruit cake and biscuits.

 

Wright - Iron Forge

 

Joseph Wright of Derby

 

 

Plumber Manor Country House Hotel

Nr Sturminster Newton,

Dorset DT10 2AF

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 20 June 

10.00 - 13.00

 

Joseph Wright of Derby (3 September 1734 – 29 August 1797): Wright has been acclaimed as "the first professional painter to express the spirit of the Industrial Revolution". His paintings of the birth of science out of alchemy are a significant record of the struggle of science against religious values in the period known as the Age of Enlightenment.  He was also a painter of remarkable landscapes and portraits and is now considered to be one of Britain’s most interesting and wide-ranging painters.

 

The total cost for the day is £25.00 which includes morning break refreshments of home made fruit cake and biscuits.

 

Caillebotte - Un Balcon

 

Gustave Caillebotte

 

 

Abbey Manor Business Centre,

The Abbey, Preston Road,

Yeovil

BA20 2EN

 

 

 

Wednesday 26 June

10:00 - 13:00

 

 

 

 

Intriguing, innovative and influential artist whose highly original works developed from Realism and Impressionism and went on to inspire the Neo-Impressionists such as Seurat and Signac. Caillebotte had an extraordinary gift for rendering the angled perspectives of photography on to canvas with outstanding skill.

 

The cost for the day is £30.00, which includes refreshments with biscuits.

 

 

Burne-Jones - Angel

 

 Edward Burne-Jones

 

 

Marsham Court Hotel

3 Russell-Cotes Road,

East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AB

 

 

Saturday 29

June

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

 

 

 

A new look at Burne-Jones’ varied and highly distinctive works, looking at some of his paintings but also at his beautiful stained glass and tapestries.

 

The total cost for the day is £30.00 which includes refreshments and biscuits on arrival and at morning break.

 

Westall - Ophelia

 

Shakespeare and the Artists

 

 

Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts

Middle Way Farm, Poundbury, Dorset

DT1 3AR

 

 

Tuesday 2 July

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

 

Artists began engaging with Shakespeare’s works in the early 18th century with small engraved images for frontispieces in new editions of the Bard’s plays.  Since then the list of artists and movements depicting scenes from Shakespeare’s writings, or from poems inspired by the works, has grown considerably from Hogarth, Blake and Fuseli through to Delacroix, Landseer and the Pre-Raphaelites and on to artists of the 20th century.

 

The total cost for the day is £25.00 which includes refreshments on arrival and at break.