STUDY DAYS IN DORSET & SOMERSET - 2020

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.

Summer Lodge, Dorset

 

 

Summer Lodge in Evershot is a Georgian listed country house hotel set in 4 acres of beautiful gardens.

 

 

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.

 

2020 STUDY DAYS

 

 

 

Soviet Socialist Realism

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Marsham Court Hotel

3 Russell-Cotes Road,

East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AB

 

 

Saturday 8 February

 

 

A study of the type of art produced under Stalin and a look at the art and artists who were affected by this state-dictated style.

 

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

 

Turner

 

 Trains and Stations Through the Eyes of Artists

 

 

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel

9 Fore Street, Evershot

Dorset DT2 0JR

 

 

Monday 10 February 

10.00 - 13.00

 

A study of the age of the steam driven locomotive as depicted in drawings, engravings, paintings and photographs. This will take us on a fascinating journey through city and countryside, stopping at stations to view an interesting array of travellers arriving and departing.

 

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

 

Wright

 

Joseph Wright of Derby

 

 

 

Marsham Court Hotel

3 Russell-Cotes Road,

East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AB

 

 

 

Wednesday 12 February

 

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 £30.00 which includes refreshments on arrival and break and handouts.

 

Millais

 

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

 

 

Marsham Court Hotel

3 Russell-Cotes Road,

East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AB

 

 

Saturday 22 February

 

A look at the beginnings of the PRBs as a backdrop to the exhibition in the Russell-Cotes Gallery on Beyond the Brotherhood: The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy, which highlights the influence the style of the PRBs impacted on the Realism, Aestheticism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau movements.

 

We shall be taking an in-depth look at some of the paintings on show at the gallery and the ideas behind their inclusion in the exhibition. Following the talk there will be a group visit to the Russell-Cotes exhibition.

 

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

 

Nash

 

 The Neo-Romantics

 

 

The Monks Yard,

Horton Manor, Horton Cross, Ilminster

TA19 9PY

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 24 February

10.00 - 13.00

                                                                                                   

 

An exploration of the works by artists such as John Piper, Graham Sutherland, Ivon Hitchens, Paul Nash, Keith Vaughan, Eric Ravilious, Stanley Spencer, and the painters who inspired them: Blake, Samuel Palmer, Turner and Constable.  

 

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

 

Holbein

 

Artists of the Tudor Court

 

 

Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts

Middle Way Farm

Poundbury

Dorset

DT1 3AR

 

 

Tuesday 3 March

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

 

 

 

Looking at artists engaged by 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.

 

 

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

 

Chartres Cathedral

 

 Gothic Art and Architecture

 

 

Plumber Manor Country House Hotel

Nr Sturminster Newton

Dorset DT10 2AF

 

 

Thursday 5 March

10.00 - 13.00

 

         

 

 

 

           

                         

The Gothic era was a period of incredible change and there was an explosion of new images: the glorious spectacles of the churches and cathedrals with their soaring vaults and glorious stained glass windows, Gothic architecture attempted to produce a heavenly environment on earth.  We will study the sumptuous manuscript illuminations, sculptures, stained glass and frescoes of this era as well as the design and building of the magnificent period of Gothic architecture through all its evolving manifestations.

 

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

 

Kneller

 

 British Baroque: Power and Illusion

 

 

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel

9 Fore Street, Evershot

Dorset DT2 0JR

 

 

Monday 9 March

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

[Exhibition at Tate Britain (5 February – 19 April 2020)]

 

To complement the Tate Exhibition, we will be looking at the works of the leading painters of the day – including Peter Lely, Godfrey Kneller and James Thornhill. “From the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the death of Queen Anne in 1714, the late Stuart period was a time of momentous change for Britain. From the royal court as the brilliant epicentre of the nation’s cultural life to the rise of party politics, the exhibition will look at the magnificence of art and architecture as an expression of status and influence.”

 

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

 

Tissot

 

 

 

Jacques Joseph

Tissot 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marsham Court Hotel

3 Russell-Cotes Road,

East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AB

 

 

Wednesday 11 March

 

Jacques Joseph Tissot (James Tissot) (1836-1902): A successful painter of Paris society before moving to London in 1871 where he had a brilliant career as a society painter. His paintings of fashionably dressed women shown in various scenes of everyday life are stunning.

 

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

 

Metzinger

 

 

 

The Beginnings of Modern Art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts

Middle Way Farm

Poundbury

Dorset

DT1 3AR

 

 

Tuesday 17 March

10.00 - 13.00

 

Tracing the start of Modern Art through the evolving ideas of  various artists who, both individually and collectively, started to produce new styles in their work.  Modern art began in around 1850 with Realism and carried on through the 20th century with innovations in styles such as Impressionism, Early Abstraction, Symbolism, Neo-Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism – the list goes on!  The main objective of these artists was to develop a unique visual language to describe the times in which they lived, each style differing and ‘moving on’ from the last.

 

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

 

 

 

 

The Art of WWII and its Use in British Propaganda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marsham Court Hotel

3 Russell-Cotes Road,

East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AB

 

 

Saturday 21 March 

 

A look at the works of artists such as Laura Knight, L. S. Lowry, Henry Moore, Stanley Spencer, Charles Ginner, Duncan Grant, Graham Sutherland and David Bomberg, all providing us with their unique interpretation and depiction of various aspects of this war, both in Britain and abroad.

 

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

 

Nicholson

 

 St Ives School

 

 

The Monks Yard,

Horton Manor, Horton Cross, Ilminster

TA19 9PY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 23 March

10.00 - 13.00

                                                                                                   

 

An introduction to the artists associated with St Ives in West Cornwall, which became a centre for modern and abstract developments in British art from the 1940s to the 1960s.  Artists such as Ben Nicholson, Christopher Wood, and the artist who helped inspire them, Alfred Wallis, as well as the sculptors Naum Gabo and Barbara Hepworth.

 

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

 

Beardsley

 

 Aubrey Beardsley

 

 

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel

9 Fore Street, Evershot

Dorset DT2 0JR

 

 

Monday 30 March

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

[Exhibition at Tate Britain (4 March – 25 May 2020)]

 

 

A morning study of the unique talent of Aubrey Beardsley, which will give a deeper insight into this incredible artist’s oeuvre during his short career.  The Tate’s exhibition of his drawings will be the largest for 50 years.  Spanning seven years, it “will cover Beardsley’s intense and prolific career as a draughtsman and illustrator, cut short by his untimely death from tuberculosis, aged 25. Beardsley’s charismatic, enigmatic persona played a part in the phenomenon that he and his art generated, so much so that Max Beerbohm dubbed the 1890s the ‘Beardsley Period’.”

 

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

 

Swynnerton

 

 

 

Annie Louisa Robinson Swynnerton ARA

 

 

Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts

Middle Way Farm

Poundbury

Dorset

DT1 3AR

 

 

Tuesday 7 April

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

 

 

Facing prejudice for her gender and her realistic, unromanticised depiction of female bodies, Swynnerton became a passionate supporter of the women’s right to vote for over three decades and campaigned for better opportunities for women artists,.  "I have had to struggle so hard. You see, when I was young, women could not paint - or so it was said.” 

 

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

 

Pieter de Hooch

 

 Artists of the Dutch Golden Age

 

 

The Monks Yard,

Horton Manor, Horton Cross, Ilminster

TA19 9PY

 

 

Monday 20 April

10.00 - 13.00

                                                                                                   

 

This exciting and innovative time in Dutch art produced artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals, Jan Steen and Pieter de Hooch.  We shall spend the morning reading paintings by deciphering the many symbols depicted in these hugely intriguing and popular works.

 

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

 

Blake - The Tyger

 

 Art and Poetry

 

 

Plumber Manor Country House Hotel

Nr Sturminster Newton

Dorset DT10 2AF

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 23 April

10.00 - 13.00

 

         

 

 

 

           

                         

 

For centuries, art has inspired some of our greatest poets and, likewise, poems have inspired some of our greatest artists.  We will study works by artists such as William Blake, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and David Hockney to appreciate how they interpreted the writings of poets such as Geoffrey Chaucer, Tennyson, Keats and Walt Whitman.

 

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

 

Holbein

 

The Portrait

 

 

 

Marsham Court Hotel

3 Russell-Cotes Road,

East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AB

 

 

 

Saturday 25 April 

 

 

 

 

 

From highly symbolic portraits of Elizabeth I and The Sun King, Louis XIV, to works by artists such as da Vinci, Dürer, Holbein, Van Dyck, Van Gogh, Kahlo and Spencer. We will discuss the portrait in its role as the representation of the likeness, personality, status and mood of the sitter.

 

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

 

Titian

 

 Titian: Love, Desire, Death

 

 

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel

9 Fore Street, Evershot

Dorset DT2 0JR

 

 

Monday 27 April

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

 

 

[Exhibition at the National Gallery (16 March – 14 June 2020)] 

 

We will discover the colourful world of the Venetian School of painters through discussing the glorious works by Titian.  The National Gallery states: “Combining Titian’s remarkable talent as both artist and storyteller, the mythological scenes capture moments of high drama…. Titian expertly manipulates paint and colour to dazzling effect; capturing luminous flesh, sumptuous fabrics, water, reflection, and atmospheric, almost enchanted, landscapes.”

 

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

 

Teerlinc

 

Women Artists of the Renaissance

 

 

 

Marsham Court Hotel

3 Russell-Cotes Road,

East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AB

 

 

 

Wednesday 29 April

 

 

 

A study of works by women working in an age of huge cultural shifts that saw some secular female artists gaining international reputations. Italian artists such as Lavinia Fontana, Fede Galizia, Sofonisba Anguissola and Flemish artists such as Catharina van Hemessen and Levina Teerlinc.

 

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

 

Fontana

 

 Women Artists of the Renaissance

 

 

The Monks Yard,

Horton Manor, Horton Cross, Ilminster

TA19 9PY

 

 

 

 

Monday 11 May

10.00 - 13.00

                                                                                                   

 

A study of works by women working in an age of huge cultural shifts that saw some secular female artists gaining international reputations. Italian artists such as Lavinia Fontana, Fede Galizia, Sofonisba Anguissola and Flemish artists such as Catharina van Hemessen and Levina Teerlinc.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Augustus John: Drawn From Life

 

Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts

Middle Way Farm

Poundbury

Dorset

DT1 3AR

 

Tuesday 12 May

10.00 - 13.00

 

We will study John’s life through his many and diverse works to discover why, in the first three decades of the 20th century, he was widely considered one of the greatest living British artists, famous almost as much for his extraordinary Bohemian lifestyle as for his outstanding portraits, etchings and drawings.

 

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

 

Sargent

 

 John Singer Sargent

 

 

Plumber Manor Country House Hotel

Nr Sturminster Newton

Dorset DT10 2AF

 

 

 

Thursday 21 May 

10.00 - 13.00

                                  

 

Sargent’s work stands out amongst other portraitists for its exceptional individual style and innovation.  This is also true for his remarkable figure and landscape works in both oils and watercolours and his numerous drawings.

 

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

 

Hilliard

 

Artists of the Tudor Court

 

 

 

Marsham Court Hotel

3 Russell-Cotes Road,

East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AB

 

 

 

Saturday 23 May  

 

 

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 Tudor architecture of this period, the final phase of medieval design from grand houses to small cottages.

 

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

 

Gentileschi

 

 Artemisia

 

 

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel

9 Fore Street, Evershot

Dorset DT2 0JR

 

 

Monday 1 June

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

[Exhibition at the Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery (6 April – 26 July 2020)]

 

What a delight to examine the works of this incredible woman, as the National Gallery states: “At a time when women artists were not easily accepted, Artemisia Gentileschi was exceptional. She enjoyed a long and successful career as a painter, spanning more than 40 years, and she was the first woman to gain membership to the artists’ academy – the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno – in Florence.”

 

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

 

Sirani

 

Women Artists of the Baroque

 

 

 

Marsham Court Hotel

3 Russell-Cotes Road,

East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AB

 

 

 

Wednesday 3 June

 

 

 

 

 

Elisabetta Sirani who established an academy for other women artists; Mary Beale, an English artist who was the financial provider for her family through her portrait business;  Artemisia Gentileschi, an Italian artist who was the first woman to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno and Clara Peeters, the earliest significant woman painter of the Dutch Golden Age.

 

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

 

Orpen

 

 

The Art of William Orpen

 

Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts

Middle Way Farm

Poundbury

Dorset

DT1 3AR

 

Tuesday 9 June

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

 

 

A unique and lauded society painter, succeeding John Singer Sargent, and becoming the most successful artist of his day. Winston Churchill commented on his own portrait by Orpen: ‘It is not the picture of a man, it is the picture of a man’s soul.'  During 1917 his drawings and paintings of the First World War gained him the title of 'the Samuel Pepys of the Western Front'.

 

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

 

Beale

 

 Women Artists of the Baroque

 

 

The Monks Yard,

Horton Manor, Horton Cross, Ilminster

TA19 9PY

 

 

 

Monday 15 June

10.00 - 13.00

                                                                                         

         

 

Elisabetta Sirani who established an academy for other women artists; Mary Beale, an English artist who was the financial provider for her family through her portrait business; Artemisia Gentileschi, an Italian artist who was the first woman to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno and Clara Peeters, the earliest significant woman painter of the Dutch Golden Age.

 

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

 

 

Artistic Couples

 

 

Plumber Manor Country House Hotel

Nr Sturminster Newton

Dorset DT10 2AF

 

 

 

 

Thursday 18 June

10.00 - 13.00

 

                                     

Exploring the life and work of couples whose romantic partnerships inspired experimentation and collaboration and radically altered the course of each artist's creative life.  Artists such as Vanessa Bell & Duncan Grant, Dod & Ernest Procter, Laura & Harold Knight, Eric Ravilious & Tirzah Garwood, Ben Nicholson & Barbara Hepworth, Robert Colquhoun & Robert MacBryde.

 

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

 

Kauffman

 

 Angelica Kauffman

 

 

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel

9 Fore Street, Evershot

Dorset DT2 0JR

 

 

Monday 29 June

10.00 - 13.00

 

 

[Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (28 June—20 September 2020)]

 

Our study morning will look at yet another outstanding woman artist: “In 18th-century Europe, Angelica Kauffman was a very successful artist in a largely male-dominated field. In this major exhibition, we trace her trajectory from child prodigy to one of Britain’s most sought-after painters. Angelica Kauffman (1741–1807) was one of the most successful artists of her time and a founding member of the Royal Academy.”

 

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

 

Cezanne

 

 Cezanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings

 

 

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel

9 Fore Street, Evershot

Dorset DT2 0JR

 

 

Monday 27 July

10.00 - 13.00

 

[Royal Academy, London (12 July — 18 October 2020)]

 

A study of the artist whom Picasso called “the father of us all.”  Concentrating on some of the works in the RA’s exhibition, which they describe: “With their radiant colours and rugged forms, Paul Cézanne’s paintings of the rocky landscapes of his native France are among the most extraordinary of his career…...The late paintings are among his greatest and most profoundly moving works.”

 

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