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Apr 21

Reflections on the Course

I have always been interested in art, but have never painted or drawn, my interest being photography. I was following the Photography degree pathway before starting this course but found that I enjoyed it so much and learnt many things that I could apply to photography that part way through I asked to change to …

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Apr 21

Written Review – The Norwich School of Painters

I’m very pleased that I chose this as my topic for the written review, having recently moved to Norfolk it has helped me get to know the history of the area as well as the artists involved. I found this a fascinating subject and could have written so much more, one of the most difficult …

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Apr 21

Exercise: Analyse an Impressionist Landscape

I had a couple of options for this exercise, I studied Whistler’s Nocturne: Blue and Silver – Chelsea  at Tate Britain as well as a couple of Philip Wilson Steer paintings that were on display at the Masterpieces exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. I had not come across Philip Wilson Steer before …

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Apr 21

Exercise: The classical landscape

I had seen Claude’s work before but had never studied it in detail. It was really valuable to read the extract from Kenneth Clark’s book (which I was able to borrow from the library) and it enabled me to look at the two Claude pictures I studied in a new way, by looking at how …

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Apr 19

Exercise: Room with a view

I found this exercise a bit difficult. It wasn’t easy to find paintings which I thought were suitable for the theme, there were plenty of paintings that featured a window but there did not seem to be a great deal about the scene beyond the window that could be discussed. I did come across a …

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Apr 19

Research Point Trompe L’oeil

I had great fun with this exercise, looking through examples of this effect. I was surprised bot at how long established it is – one of the examples I found was from 1465, the latest a contemporary piece from Banksy. I also found a very useful article on the subject on Wikipedia, the link is …

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Apr 19

Visit a public interior

For this exercise I chose to visit the Wallace Collection in London. I had previously visited to look in detail at some paintings and thought that one of the rooms would be an ideal subject for this exercise. What I liked about doing this exercise was that it made me think not just about architecture, …

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Apr 19

Annotate an Interior View

I found this an interesting exercise that required me to do a bit of research, while I had heard of Vermeer, I had not previously come across the paintings of David Wilkie (nor indeed heard of genre paintings). Of the various options given for annotations for this exercise I chose a Vermeer painting at the …

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Jan 12

4th Assignment

For the last exercise for this part of the course I chose to do an illustrated report on a single figure portrait. I chose the Marchioness of Cholmondley by John Singer Sargent. I selected thios portrait as it was on display at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts as part of the Masterpieces: Art of …

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Jan 12

Annotate a Henry Moore figure sculpture

This was quite a challenging exercise. I enjoyed seeing the Henry Moore sculpture at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and I think that I learned a lot. Thanks to following this course I now look at works of art with a much more curious eye  – I don’t just look at them any more …

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