Courses and Lectures

Autumn 2019

Courses

Mannerism – 16th Century Italian Art

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This ten-week course will explore an often-overlooked era in Italian art, essentially the period between the High Renaissance and the Baroque. Sometimes called the “stylish-style”, the often quirky, idiosyncratic works produced by artists of this era may in fact demonstrate the beginning of the modern concept of ‘art for art’s sake’. We will examine this idea and place these wonderfully odd artworks into their historical context, paying particular attention to social, economic and religious issues of the time. In Mannerism all of the developments from the great Renaissance masters like Leonardo and Michelangelo are taken to the extreme, the latter in fact created many works now considered to be Mannerist. It is possible to trace this evolution of style around Italy from Florence, to Rome, to Venice and even follow Italian artists working in the French Court. Artists to be discussed include Michelangelo, Bronzino, Pontormo, Cellini and Vasari. There will be one class held in the National Gallery to discuss the relevant artworks on display.

 

Dates: 10 Wednesdays – 11.30 am to 13.30 pm

September 25,

October 2, 9, 16, 23, [No class on 30th]

November 6, 10, 20, 27,

December 4*

 Locations:            

Weeks 1-9:       Newtownpark Parish Pastoral Centre, Newtownpark Ave, Stradbrook, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

Week 10*:       National Gallery of Ireland

Cost: €200 for 10 weeks

Payment options:

  1. Cheque by post.
  2. Bank Transfer. Please email me and I will send you the details.

Do let me know if neither of these options suit you.

 

Irish Art, 1930-1960

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This course will explore artworks by Irish artists at home and abroad from 1930 to 1960. Unlike my Tuesday class, see below, this course will examine both Modernism and Academic Irish art. Starting with an in-depth look at the most famous 20th century Irish painter, Jack B. Yeats, we will progress through consideration of his contemporaries and the art world in Ireland during this period of time. The impact of World War II will be discussed, a time when unusually many artists came to Ireland bringing new ideas and influences. Many Irish artists responded to the horrors of this conflict in their work, this and other common subjects by various artists will be compared including representations of Irish identity. While for many this is still rooted in the West of Ireland, others seek more authentic or identifiable sources from the East coast, the midlands and the travelling community.

Artist to be discussed will include Jack B. Yeats sisters, Mary Swanzy, Sean Keating, Louis le Brocquy, Nano Reid and Norah McGuinness. There will be two visits to galleries as part of this course to see some of these important works in person, one to the National Gallery of Ireland and the other to the Hugh Lane.

 

Dates: 10 Thursdays: 1 to 3 pm

September 26,

October 3, 10, 17, 24, [No class on 31st]

November 7, 11, 21, 28*,

December 5**

Locations:            

Weeks 1-8:      Malahide Parish Pastoral Centre 

Week 9*:         Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin

Week 10**:     National Gallery of Ireland

Cost: €200 for 10 weeks

Payment options:

  1. Cheque by post. Please note my new address:Rowan Cottage, Laragh East, Bray, Co. Wicklow.
  2. Bank Transfer. Please email me and I will send you the details.

Do let me know if neither of these options suit you.

 

UCD Adult Education Courses

Irish Modernism 1920 to 1960

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This course will explore the development of modernism in Irish art from 1920 to 1960. Beginning with Mainie Jellett and Evie Hone, the key figures in the introduction of Cubism and Abstraction to Ireland, individual artworks will be examined to ascertain various modernist influences initially from continental Europe and later from America. In order to place these works within an Irish context, external factors ranging from religious to economic will be considered as well as the reaction of the public and the art world in Ireland to this drastically new form of art and the role of art institutes. One particularly significant factor was exposure to the avant-garde through exhibitions and visits from non-Irish artists particularly during World War II. Many Irish artists chose to travel with some spending their entire career abroad including Mary Swanzy and Francis Bacon, two fascinating examples of Irish artists who needed to leave in order to turn away from restrictive artistic and moral values in Ireland as a woman and homosexual man respectively. Many modernist artists continued to exhibition in Ireland while not being resident here including Louis le Brocquy and Anne Madden. This course will include a visit to the National Gallery of Ireland in Week 10.

Dates: 10 Tuesdays – 2 to 4 pm

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

November 5, 12, 19, 26,

December 3*

 Locations:            

Weeks 1-9:       Newtownpark Parish Pastoral Centre, Newtownpark Ave, Stradbrook, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

Week 10*:       National Gallery of Ireland

To Book please see: http://www.ucd.ie/all/cometoucd/applying/lifelonglearning/

 

Autumn 2019

Talks and Tours

Date Time Location Subject Cost
Wed 18th September 11 am Hugh Lane Gallery

Coffee Conversation: J.B. Yeats, The Maggie Man

http://www.hughlane.ie/all/2544-coffee-conversation-the-maggie-man-jb-yeats

 

€5 includes tea, coffee & biscuits

 

Wed 18th September 2 pm or 3.30 pm State Apartments, Dublin Castle

Tour of The Birth of Modernism in Irish Art Exhibition

This tour will be of particular interest to anyone talking my Tuesday or Thursday classes

 

€20 per person including entry fee.

Please email me to book a place.

 

Thurs 19th September 10.30 am Stillorgan Library

The Drama of Oscar Wilde: The Man Behind the Mask

This is part four in a four-part lecture series in collaboration with Irish Literature expert Aideen Kerr, see poster below.

 

Free
Thurs 19th September 5.30 pm National Gallery of Ireland

Tour of the Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light Exhibiton

€20 per person including entry fee.

Please email me to book a place.

 

Fri 20th September From 5.30 pm National Gallery of Ireland

Culture Night:

Tours of the Spanish Art Collection

https://www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on/culture-night-gallery

 

Free
Sun 22nd Sep 3 pm Lecture Theatre, National Gallery of Ireland

 

Sorolla and his Contemporaries in Europe: Lavery, Singer Sargent and Klimt

https://www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on/lecture-sorolla-and-his-contemporaries-europe

 

Free

Stillorgan Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

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