The Barn Lectures

Classes based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire covering
Art History, and Appreciation of Art and Architecture

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I am going to do 2 separate days, one repeating the other, as I have had a very positive response.
The 2 dates are Wednesday 13th October and Saturday 16th October.  You may choose which of these you prefer, but I will only take 30 people for each, so it will be on a first come first served basis, unfortunately.  I don’t want to take more people as I would like to keep the seating distanced to a meter, for covid reasons.  Please let me know if both dates are okay for you, as I don’t know if one will fill up more than another.
The title of the day is GENRE SCENES IN PAINTING.
Wikipedia gives the definition as “Genre painting, a form of genre art, depicts aspects of everyday life by portraying ordinary people engaged in common activities.”
There will be 4 talks of around an hour each:
1.  Ordinary people in Medieval Manuscripts.
2. Depictions of life in 17th century Holland.
3. Impressionism and everyday life.
4. Post-war representations of people in the time of mass media.
The venue is Stroud Museum in the Park, on either of those dates at 10.00 AM.  There is parking in the leisure centre car park, and disabled parking at the rear of the museum.

Cost £25 per person.
Please email back asap if you wish to come, (stating your surname as well as your first name, and your telephone number) and on which date, and I will let you know if you have a place and email you an invoice.  Payment will be by BACS or cheque in advance. 

I’m sorry that this is more formal than usual, but it’s to try and keep us as safe as possible.  You will need a mask for coming and going in the museum, but not for sitting in the room.  You can bring your own drinks and food and can purchase coffee from the machine in the museum foyer if you wish.  They also sell biscuits.
Best wishes,



Hello again Everybody,
We are now, hopefully, at the end of lockdowns, even if we are not perhaps seeing the end of Covid.  It will be with us for some time, I fear.  I apologise for not continuing with the YouTube videos so far, but I found them very uninspiring to make and I need to have you all actually in the room with me to make it interesting.  However, I may do some more in the future.
Therefore, as the summer holidays come to an end, I have decided to see if anyone would like to come back and do some art history again.
Could you please email back to me and let me know your thoughts on the matter, and also would you please pass on this email to anyone you think may not have received it.  Thank you so much.
The basic idea would be as follows:

  1.  A 1 day school on a specific subject, cost probably £25 for the day, 30 people in the group.

  2. I’ll hire a venue somewhere for the day, but the place and day will depend on what is available.

  3. The hours will be 10.00 – 11.00, 11.30 – 12.30, 1.30 – 2.30, 3.00 – 4.00.  4 hours in total with breaks in between.

  4. You will need to bring your own lunch and drinks and biscuits.

We need to bear in mind the following:

  1. I need to teach in a darkened environment so blinds will have to be drawn, though I would try and ventilate the room as much as possible. The room may therefore be chillier than normal, and I can’t guarantee a really free flow of air.

  2. Seats will be 1 meter apart.

  3. It would be best for everyone, and is recommended, that you wear a mask when moving to and from your seat, though this is not now legally enforceable.

  4. What you do in break times will be up to you as individuals.  My suggestion would be to sit in small groups separated from each other, as you might in a restaurant.

I really hope we can get something going again.  The subjects are yet to be decided but will span many periods of art history, and might include the depiction of people through the ages, portraiture, landscape, style, painting and sculpture, architecture, photography, prints, etc. If you do want to come to classes again I will make sure the lecture plans are clear so that you know what the itinerary is.
I hope that you are all well, and I would very much appreciate your views, and although I may not be able to reply to everyone, they will all be taken into account.  I would like to know if you feel it’s all too soon and you would rather wait, or if you’re desperate for things to start up again.  I’ve had my two jabs, which makes me feel a little safer, and even if you can still get Covid, it shouldn’t be as bad, one hopes!!  My son contracted it after his first jab and although he was quite poorly he seems to have recovered fully.
Please also keep checking on my web-site, as it will be updated occasionally.
It will be lovely to hear from you again.
With love,

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