03. June 2020 - 8:00 till 9:00
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Understanding Art & Art History | Wednesday, 03. June 2020

Sit back, pour yourlself a glass of wine and join Mark on an exploration of art through the ages!

About this Event

Why not have the whole family join in!?Course Description

Participants will gain a historical perspective on how western art movements reflect the dominant ideas of the time.

Through the exploration and study of art through the ages, you will gain critical perspectives on how we can evaluate and understand art. Next time you are in gallery you be able to look at an artwork and understand things such as;

What makes good art? What is art for? How is it made? How does it apply to other art forms such as gardens? Films? Colour?

The course will be lectured by Mark Beachell, art history connoisseur, multi-disciplinary artist and art tutor. Discussion throughout is promoted where we can heckle, contribute and ask any questions that come to mind!

Your Tutor

Mark Beachell read art history at Cambridge prior to gaining a Masters in Contemporary Fine Arts. He is a lecturer in Visual Studies and creates art works inspired by techniques from the renaissance and has passion for creating sculpture from satellite data.


Session 1 - Period Style Classical to Postmodernism

We will begin by exploring the Period Style through the study of architecture. Architecture is the building block from which art ideas have been built and a helpful guide in learning how styles intersect with culture.

Ideas and Movements: Classicism, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical, Eclectic, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, modernism, Postmodern, as well as whatever nameless mess we are in today.

Session 2 - Period Style in Western Painting

Art reflects the predominant ideas and values of the time. Painting in Western Art broadly conforms to the same rules of period style that we see in architecture and decorative arts. We'll use the knowelged gained from the previous session to guide us through this next chapter.

Session 3 - Post Impressionism to Late Modernity (The isms )

The closer we get to our era the more complex and fragmented the art world gets. This is when the schools and ‘isms’ predominate; such as Post Impressionism, Expressionism and Surrealism.

We will delve into the modern art world that split artists into paradigms relating to reacting to questions such as - What is the purpose of art?

You may drink Absinth mid-session.

Session 4 - What is Modern art for?

Now on session 4... things get interesting, I expect heckling to flare up here. Another take on modernity focusing on the more challenging expressions of art and the debates around what art for the modern world should be for.

You can smoke French cigarettes here.

Session 5 - Contemporary Art

Trying to make sense of the ‘now’.

Continuing the theme of how 20th Century modernist perspectives that stablished practices which are now the mainstay of contemporary art. We'll have lots to discuss!

After this session you may wear a cravat.

Session 6 - Artists Researchers

This session will look at intellectually driven ideas in art introducing the idea of the artist as a researcher.

Turtlenecks are recommended.


June 3rd - July 8th (6X sessions)

1. 00 pm -2.00 pm


The sessions will be hosted through Zoom.

Download the Zoom app. If you haven’t zoomed before don’t worry, it’s not complicated. A little blue camera symbol will pop up on your phone, pad and laptop. Mark will send you a link invite via email, at 6.15pm - 15 mins before the start of each session with a link to the session and a password to get in.

We love that we can debate and share our thoughts! When you speak your photo will get little come to the forefront and this will enable us to have fun discussions!

Any questions don't hesitate to get in touch!

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For more Art Workshops visit: lifeinterpreted.net

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For questions about the course contact:

Mark Beachell: email


Mark Beachell, Self Portrait in Egg Tempora