Lectures & Courses on Art History

Past Lectures & Courses

Past lectures & courses contains the lecture notes and slides for each lecture and class I have given.

Current & Future Lectures & Courses

Course: New Ways of Seeing—Modern British Art

Held at: The White House, 45 The Avenue, Hampton TW12 3RN
(free parking, café on site)
Lecturer: Dr. Laurence Shafe
Dates: Part 1: Wednesday 21 September 2016 – 30 November 2016
(10 classes with a half-term break the week of 24 October)Part 2: 4 January 2017 – 8 March 2017
(10 classes with no half-term break)
Time: 10:45-12:45 (with a 15 min coffee break)
Fee: £70 for 10 classes (paid by cheque at the first or second class)
Description: The course is an introduction to modern art and to British art from 1900 to the present day. The complete course is 20 two-hour talks split into two terms each of ten talks. No previous knowledge of art history is required.

The talks will put British art in the context of international developments and the talks will alternate between artists and themes. Artists covered in detail will include Stanley Spencer, Henry Moore, Lucian Freud, David Hockney and Grayson Perry, and the themes include Vorticism and abstraction, Surrealism, the World War artists, British sculpture, British figurative art, Pop art, the Young British Artists, Conceptual art, the Turner Prize, video and performance art, and Post-modernism. It is a full agenda but one that is packed with art works and anecdotes that show how artists had fun but were often engaged in serious social commentary.

The course starts by “climbing the mountain” of modern art using some of the most difficult works of art of the twentieth century. Each work raises fundamental questions about art and society and this creates a context for appreciating the work. Having climbed the mountain the rest of the course will explore the various vistas laid out before us.

  1. New Ways of Seeing
  2. Impressionism Post-Impressionism and Fauvism
  3. Cubism Abstraction and the British Avant Garde
  4. Vorticism and World War I Art
  5. Return to Order Stanley Spencer
  6. Dada Surrealism and Expressionism
  7. British Sculpture
  8. World War 2 Art
  9. British Figurative Art
  10. Summary 1900-1950
  11. British Art since 1950 Introduction
  12. Pop Art
  13. British Figurative Art since 1950
  14. David Hockney
  15. Feminist Art
  16. Conceptual Art & Minimalism
  17. Young British Artists
  18. Video and Performance Art
  19. Outsider Art & Grayson Perry
  20. Summary of Art since 1900

Lecture: The Power of Beauty in Restoration England

Held at: St. Lawrence School, Church Rd, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9DR
Lecturer: Dr. Laurence Shafe
Dates: Wednesday, 1st February 2017
Time: 20:00-21:30 (following the AGM)
Description: It is 1660, the English Civil War is over and the experiment with the Commonwealth has left the country confused. When Charles II was invited back to England as King he brought new French styles and sexual conduct with him. In particular, he introduced the French idea of the publically accepted mistress. Beautiful women who could attract the eye of the king could become his mistress and influence appointments at Court and political debate.

The new freedoms introduced by the Reformation Court spread through society. Women could act for the first time, write books and one was the first British scientist. However, it was a male dominated society and so these heroic women had to fight against established norms and laws. This talk examines the power and influence of one group of women and they way they were represented in art.  .

Lecture Notes: The Power of Beauty in Restoration England