How to Read Paintings

With Alice Foster, Art Historian
Event date
23 Sep 2021 to 7 Oct 2021
Event time
14:00 - 15:00
Ashmolean Museum - Online Workshop
Event type
Courses and workshops
Event cost
£21 for the entire course
Disabled access?
Booking required

With Alice Foster Art Historian

Thursdays: 23 and 30 September and 7 October

When we look at the visual arts, how do we approach each image? Are we satisfied the attribution is correct? What do we look for in the composition? Is it peaceful, or perhaps wild with energy? And how has the artist employed marks and colour in each work?

Join Alice Foster to explore all these details and more in this online workshop on how to read paintings.

  • Week 1

Here, we'll cover attribution, before and after the arrival of the signature; Titles; and Supports (canvas, panel).

  • Week 2

We will look at composition; where the painting was to hang originally; and background history.

  • Week 3

Here, we'll be taken to the tools: lines, brushwork colour and tone, scale, picture plane, and picture space.

The event will take place online on Zoom and a link to join the event will be shared in advance by email.

Booking is essential and tickets are £21 for the entire course.