1- Reading of an artwork

Introduction:

How many times have you stood before an artwork with no clue what you are looking at, or what it’s conveying? With this series of lectures, we will provide you with the necessary steps to read an artwork.

The basic understanding of any visual document lies always in defining whether it is art or not. Are we pushing too far or it is just an image? Therefore, it is elementary to break down the mystery of what Is Art.

The process of the reading of an artwork is completely a mental one. Feelings has nothing to do with it. on the contrary they are generated by the brain through a series of elements calculations and methods which when applied systematically they vibrate the emotions depending on the genre and frequencies. Think of it is like the Conceptual art, analytical cubism or abstraction. They are all brain processed images with a twist. A pure neuroscience.

Sometimes the making of an work stands in the way. The difficulty and mystery levels in artwork are the same whether it’s a representational or nonrepresentational art. When we realize that the visual manifestation of art forms depends solely on the mediums we choose then the rest is easy. Every Medium or materials requires working techniques and craft instruments. When you know them then the making of artwork is no more a mystery. It is just experience and knowledge.

Learning outcome:

-At the beginning there was the Image, and light

-Fundamental elements for the reading of an artwork

-The elements of art: line, shape, color, texture

-Materials and process of visual art: drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture

System:

Power point presentation.

Schedule:

Sessions: 2 hours/ 2 sessions / week

Duration: 8 weeks

2- Thematic History of art

Introduction:

History of art is a fascinating journey through the great achievements of art grand masters. Names like Leonardo, Michael angelo, Picasso, vangogh, rambrandt are rooted in our mind. artworks like the Mona lisa, David, les demoiselles d’avignion, the starry night and the night watch are sometime mesmerizing or just puzzling.

so what is the story behind these great artworks. How these artist came to achieve this level of mastery and skills to have such effect on us.

This series of visual lecture based on a an extend collection of visual documents will focus on the thematic part in history of art. As art historian for more than 30 years I found that it is more interesting to develop the thematic approach above the chronological one. People tends to relate more to themes and topics then years.

Themes:

-The birth of images

-History of painting and painting techniques

-History of sculpture: nomads and settlers

-Nude and Nudity

-Head, face or portrait?

-The liberation of the landscape

-The evolution of still life

-Let it be light

Schedule:

Sessions: 2 hours/ 2 sessions / week

Duration: 8 weeks