Making Pictures – new lifelong learning course for 2016/17


Jan Vermeer, Allegory of the Art of Painting (detail), oil on canvas, c.1665

Making Pictures: the Tricks of the Trade is a new Lifelong Learning Art History module which provides an opportunity to explore some of the ways pictures have been made from the fifteenth century to the present.

It aims to provide learners with a sound historical understanding of the technical requirements, and constrictions, artists and craftspeople were faced with when creating a picture be it a fresco in a church, a watercolour travel sketch, an easel painting, a bible illustration or even a map. The social environment of artists’ workshops and studios will also be considered providing an insight into a world of interlinked, highly skilled workers. Through the facilities of the School of Art, this course is able to offer an opportunity for students to gain some practical experience in some of these historical processes for which there will be a small charge for materials. The course also includes two sessions at the National Library of Wales exploring their collections of watercolours and maps (these are not practical sessions). The module will also provide an opportunity to study works from the collection of the School of Art Museum and Galleries (though we don’t have the Vermeer!).

Wednesdays 1.30-4.00pm

Fee £100 (plus small charge for materials)

8 sessions: October 19th, November 2nd, 16th and 30th, December 14th, January 4th and 18th and February 1st

Course Code CA101

To book please phone 01970 621580, email or online at



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