Art Appreciation & Art History

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The aim of the course is to introduce students to the pleasures of art appreciation and art history in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. This four week course will examine different ways of looking and appreciating art while considering aspects of Art History (with an emphasis on Renaissance and Twentieth Century Art) . No prior knowledge is necessary for the course.

Week 1: Ways of looking; Form and Content
Week 2: The Renaissance and Mannerism
Week 3: Classicism versus Romanticism
Week 4: Impressionism , Modern Art and the art of the Twentieth Century

Presenter Bio: Richard Gunning is a figurative painter who has been exhibiting since 1984 and is represented in all of the major collections in Western Australia including The Art Gallery of Western Australia, The University of Western Australia, the Westfamers Collection and the Holmes a Court Collection. As well as being a practicing artist he has a keen interest in the history and appreciation of art and has travelled extensively in his pursuit of this interest.

Course testimonials:

  • Well constructed course, well presented.
  • Fantastic course! I learnt so much and I am looking forward to doing similar courses in the future. Richard was a terrific tutor - very knowledgeable, approachable and his passion for the subject area was evident for all to see! I was also impressed with the food provided (I didn't realise there was going to be food, so it was a nice surprise :-) My only (minor) complaint is that the temperature in the room we were in was way too cold.