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On Tuesday, March 14, we begin a new series of life drawing classes by Gill Walton.

Saturday, 11th March 2017, 8:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:07 am

Life drawing is a fundamental skill for those who are serious about improving their art. While it is a challenging subject, this course provides you with guidance and tuition.

It is aimed at beginners up to intermediate level. Practising artists, who would like to work with a life-model, are equally welcome. Please bring drawing materials and paper, and an easel if you have one.

The course will cover angles and measuring, balance and context, movement and fluidity, portraiture in collage and watercolour life painting.

It costs £70 and will run for five Tuesdays, from 1pm to 3.30pm, at the Conference Rooms in Berwick YHA, Dewars Lane. Contact Gill on 07702 811374 for more information.

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On March 14, we also begin a series of lectures on 20th century art by Professor Maria Chester.

We will ask the question “what is art?” The same question will be asked at the end of our 10-hour course – you may be surprised how your answer changes.

The course will introduce you to all the ‘isms’ – Fauvism, Dadaism, Futurism and Cubism. All these movements were born to protest against the First World War.

Bauhaus is another matter. Strictly speaking, it is not an art movement, but it changed our lifestyle. Many of its teachers had to escape from Nazism and Fascism and went to North America. We shall learn about them in New York, then at the revolutionary Black Mountain College.

North America led the art movements until Pop Art was born. Art historians are divided about where it began. Prof Chester is in favour of the British cradle, with Eduardo Paolozzi as ‘the culprit’.

After that we get more ‘isms’ – Neo-Expressionism and Post-Modernism.

No prior knowledge of the subject is assumed and there is no required reading. The course will be mainly seminar style, with students participating in discussions.

Lectures will be held at the William Elder Building, Castlegate, Berwick, over five Tuesdays, from 10am to noon. The cost is £30, including refreshments.