Our 2008-2010 Study Days

November 2008

The Musical Pictures of Vermeer and His Contemporaries
Peter Medhurst
Study Day

Venue: The National Maritime Museum Cornwall

The lecturer showed us musical scenes from the Dutch golden Age of the 17th century. The purpose of this Study Day was threefold: Firstly, to build up an impression of domestic music during the period in Holland: secondly, to explore the ten or so paintings by Vermeer that contain musical instruments and attempt to decode the enigmatic scenes, and thirdly, to sample music of the period. The day was illustrated throughout with the digital images, songs and virginal music.

March 2009

English Watercolours 1750 – 1860
Brian Cairns
Study Afternoon

This period of watercolour painting, with its beautiful and subtle landscapes, capture every nuance of the rich and varied climate of the countryside. There are many fine painters such as Gainsborough, Turner and Constable, and as the lecturer is a watercolorist himself, he is able to show us the various styles and techniques in chronological order. During the Study Afternoon, which followed the lecture, he gave a demonstration of various techniques used by different artists.

April 2009

Three Churches Visit
Jo Mattingly
Study Day

King Charles The Martyr, Falmouth; St Gluvias, Penryn; St. Mylor Church, Mylor.

March 2010

The Art of Looking – How do we look at paintings & sculptures
Warren Hearden
Study day

How do we look at paintings and sculptures? How do we evaluate their worth? How can we get more out of them? Any gallery visit will be more enjoyable and fruitful if we know how to ‘Look‘.

Warren Hearnden outlined three ways of approaching art to ensure that any work of art becomes accessible and enjoyable – no matter how complex. By comparing and contrasting the works of a variety of differing artists (such as Rembrandt, Turner, Michelangelo, Bomberg, Bernini, Picasso, Cezanne and Canaletto) the lecturer explored ways in which the technical aspects, stylistic approach and historical background can be analysed. Future visits by members to museums and exhibitions will become more enjoyable and constructive.