The Barn Lectures

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

Tel: 01242 862 818

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I would like to treat the courses in the manner of a magazine, with a series of lectures dealing with this term’s subject, combined with individual shorter talks connected with contemporary art or current exhibitions. Prior knowledge is not necessary for any of the courses.

The Rendcomb Group ------ (Places available). Mondays: 2:00pm till 4:30pm

(Course Plan) updated. September 2019


September 9, 16, 23, (Trip 30th)
October [Break 7th], 14, 21, (1/2 term 28th) ,
November (1/2 term 4th), 11, 18, 25,
December 2, 9
10 weeks @ £10 = £100, payable on the first day of term. By Cheque or on Bank Internet. Ask for Sort Code and account No.


The Bisley Group - Tuesdays:10:00am till 12.30 pm (Class full) & Tuesdays 2.00 pm till 4.30 pm (Class full)

(Course Plan) updated. September 2019


September 3, 10, 17, 24,
October (Trip and Break 1st and 8th), 15, 22, (1/2 term 29th)
November (1/2 term 5th), 12, 19, 26,
December 3,
10 weeks @ £10 = £100, payable on the first day of term. By Cheque or on Bank Internet. Ask for Sort Code and account No.


The Shurdington Group . Wednesdays: 10am till 12:30pm (Class full) & Wednesdays: 2pm to 4:30pm  (Class full)

(Course Plan) updated. September 2019


September 11, 18, 25,
October (Trip and Break 2nd and 9th), 16, 23, (1/2 term 30th)
November (1/2 term 6th), 13, 20, 27,
December 4, 11
10 weeks @ £10 = £100, payable on the first day of term. By Cheque or on Bank Internet. Ask for Sort Code and account No.           


History of Art Lectures.          (Info sheets at bottom)


Shurdington Barn, Wednesday Morning.10-12.30

Barn, Wednesday Mornings September 2019.

Early Modernism.

We have already examined the various concerns of Early Modernism as it moved from realism to abstraction, and from ornamentation in design towards a more minimal approach. This term we will continue to see the development of these ideas. This is a very productive and innovatory period for art and design, and we will be studying, amongst others, really great names such as Mondrian, Chagall, Malevich, Brancusi and Modigliani, Klimt and Schiele. In architecture we will analyse the works of Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier.

Barn, Wednesday Afternoons. September 2019.

Mixed Bag.
Last term we studied Early Modernism, and this term we will continue with this, covering art around the middle of the Twentieth Century, from Britain and America as well as Europe, including such artists as Henry Moore and Stanley Spencer, moving on to Jackson Pollock and other Abstract Expressionists.

A number of people in the group have expressed an interest in also studying art of earlier periods, so unusually we will try out a system of looking at one period in the first half of the session, and another in the second half, and see how we get on. Early art will be from Palaeolithic times to around the dawn of the Christian Era, and will include the art and architecture of Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, and the Classicism which has informed all Western Art since.

Tutor: Dr. Frances Wilson-Copp




Bisley Tuesday Morning.10.00-12.30

Bisley, Tuesday Mornings.  September 2019.

Early Nineteenth Century in Europe followed by the mid – late Nineteenth Century in Britain, and Art-Nouveau.

Art from the period of the French Revolution will be studied, beginning with France and then moving on to other countries. The French artists will include David, Delacroix, Ingres and other major exponents of the Neoclassical and Romantic styles. Constable , Friedrich, and Goya will represent Britain, Germany and Spain.

Following this, we will move on to British art of the mid-nineteenth century with the Pre-Raphaelites and Ruskin, following a line of development to the Arts and Crafts movement . We will later return to French art with Courbet’s influential brand of realism.

Bisley, Tuesday Afternoons. September 2019

Modernism .

We have already covered the first precursors of Modernism, and we will have a short recap of the key points of major works. We will then look at some major movements and their most important innovators in painting, sculpture, photography and architecture, during the middle of the 20th century, focussing on style and philosophy of abstraction. Movements of Modern Art covered will include Surrealism, American Figurative Painting, St. Ives, and Abstract Expressionism. Individual artists on whom we will concentrate will include Frida Kahlo, Dali and Magritte, Miro, Henry Moore, Sutherland, Pollock, and many more.

Tutor: Dr. Frances Wilson-Copp.


Rendcomb,   Monday Afternoon 2.00 - 4.30

Rencomb Classes, September 2019.

Early Renaissance Art and Architecture in Italy.

This academic year we will be studying the Later Renaissance period across Europe. We have already looked at the earlier part of the Renaissance, and now we will look at late fifteenth century art in Italy, France, Flanders (the Netherlands), and Germany, beginning with Venice and the paintings of Giovanni Bellini amongst others. Following this we will study the paintings of Northern Europe with artists such as Hugo van der Goes, and then return back to Italy for the great High Renaissance artists Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian, whose works we will analyse in detail.

Late fifteenth and early sixteenth century symbolism and cultural background will be explored, and methods and styles explained.

Tutor: Dr. Frances Wilson-Copp.



Info Sheets

Koons and Post Modernism

Jamie's Exhibitions list 2019 

Geoff Dyer 1

Geoff Dyer 2

Michelangelo 1

Michelangelo 2

Aesthetic Appreciation

Gothic Church elevation and plan.

Great Paintings pdf

Gothic windows

Picture Analysis

Rijksmuseum - Pictures of Interest

Celtic Art

Byzantine Art Flowchart

Post Impressionism

Romanesque Art


Danto p25,26,27