''There really is no such thing as Art. Only artists''  -  G.H. Gombrich

''Bad artists copy, good artists steal'' - Picasso

''Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world'' - Einstein

OCTOBER Meeting Monday 7th

This will be the first meeting after the summer break.

We will be looking at the art of the Impressionists: Monet, Manet, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley etc.

Far from being the popular painters of the French countryside that we now think of them,

in their day they were considered revolutionary, breaking the accepted norms of the art of

the academy, and clearing the way for Post Impressionism in the late nineteenth century

and the Modern Art of the twentieth.

For illustrated notes of previous meetings, and timelines of artists throughout history,

scroll to the bottom of the page

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External Links

Moving Pictures is a BBC radio series of nine artworks. Explore them in high resolution and find links to other works.

Click the link below then click on episodes.


Illustrated notes from previous meetings


NB. Some of the files take a little time to download. 

This is because they need to be large enough to carry pictures of sufficient resolution to be viewed in focus. Please be patient.

History and Appreciation of Art

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Leader: Robert Sedgley

Email: History & Appreciation of Art

Telephone: 960 446 034

Meet at: CPC Oliva

Meeting Dates: First Monday of the month 

4.30pm to 6.30pm beginning October.

The Group Meetings will be divided into three sections:

1) A chronological survey of western art.

Eg, Pre historic and antique, Classical Greek and Roman, Medieval and Pre Renaissance, Italian Renaissance, High Renaissance and Venetian, Northern (Flemish and German), Post Renaissance (Mannerism, Baroque and Rococo), British Art, Eighteenth and Nineteenth century France etc. Impressionists and early development of modern art. 

This is an immense field so we will be taking only a brief glance at each period. The survey is treated in a very flexible manner so if members wish to spend more or less time on any specific period or artist this can be accommodated. There will inevitably be more gaps in the fabric than covering material. 

The meetings are very informal and members are encouraged to contribute their own views and opinions of what we are looking at.


We have now been running for four years and have come in our chronological survey up to the end of the Nineteenth Century, and are on the cusp of the revolution in the visual arts that we call Modernism. For new members who wish to acquire e background understanding of what went before I recommend reading the notes of previous meetings. These are complete from the Renaissance onwards, but I still have to do some of the earlier ones.

However, this is by no means compulsory - we are not an exam group!

2) Taking a theme from the period covered we compare how artists of other times or cultures have dealt with the topic. 

3) Members are invited to present a work from any time or place which interests/mystifies/attracts/repels them and would like to talk about, and get everyone else talking about. 

Meetings are at 4.30 on the first Monday of the month at the CPC

All are welcome; whether expert or not come and join in the conversation, find out more about the wonderful and surprising world of art

If you would like to join our group please send me an email.

Robert Sedgley

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