It is a passion of mine to share the work of artists and craftsmen. I seek to demonstrate the importance of the heritage of art and architecture as examples of beauty and skill, but also as repositories of history and knowledge. I hope to instil a desire not only to learn about but also to learn from these lasting works of art, to grow in understanding of the world as it was, and to develop a critical response, considering where we are and what we create today, and what it is we really believe in.
I fell in love with the world of art as a young child. A vivid memory is that of the moment my teacher stuck a poster of Monet's Bridge at Giverny on the blackboard. I don't remember what she said, but I can still see it in my mind, and feel my eyes glued to it in fascinated delight, my body leaning forward off my school chair. Around the same time, my parents took me to see a retrospective on Turner at the Royal Academy in London. Anticipation grew as we stood in a serpentine queue in the courtyard. In the galleries, I remember standing in front of the painting of Norham Castle, Sunrise, and buying the cherished postcard. A few years later, we moved to France, and family holidays took me around the country's plethora of châteaux and cathedrals. As an adult, my interest, in tow with my job as a tour-guide, has afforded me the possibility to become familiar with a yet broader range of masterpieces of architecture, painting, and sculpture, and it is a delight to share that pleasure.
Courses vary in teaching time depending on subject matter. All courses are adaptable for children and teenagers.
Classicism: the roots of Western Architecture - 2 1/2 hours teaching time
The Success of Classicism: Classical Architecture and its Influences: from the Greeks to the Third Reich via the Georgian Parlour - 8 - 10 hours teaching time Discover how and why Classical Architecture has been so successful and so influential. A fun and insightful look down the centuries from the Parthenon to the 1930s German National Socialist imitation of Imperial Rome, via Romanesque churches, Renaissance palaces, striking Baroque structures and the Palladian merchant houses of Bath and Bristol.
Gothic versus Baroque: the heavyweights of Cathedral Building in Western Europe - 6 - 8 hours teaching time From the elegant to the theatrical: discover the forms, technical advances, and the thinking behind these two artistic tour-de-forces.
The Architecture of Gaudi and Hundertwasser: the Nature Perspective - 5 hours teaching time Discover the imagination, craftsmanship, and philosophy of two leading architects who put nature first, and consider the place of architecture versus nature today.
The Legacies of Michelangelo Buonarroti and Leonardo da Vinci - 4 -6 hours teaching time Architecture, painting, sculpture, poetry, thought: a fresh look at the creation and influence of these two Renaissance giants, along with appreciation of selected works.
The Horses of San Marco - 1 hour teaching time
Cézanne and the Cubists - 1 hour teaching time
Picasso and War: Guernica and The Rape of the Sabines - 1 hour teaching time
Please see my Courses & Events page for dates of scheduled courses, or call to request a workshop.