Tutor / Lecturer / Speaker:
Art History, Painting, Drawing


* Individual Talks *


All lectures are illustrated with digital slides presented with  PowerPoint.

For presentations as a guest speaker, with PowerPoint images

These talks last approximately 2 hours, 
but can be  reduced to 1 hour if required.
[contact for speaker fees]

TOPICS and TITLES OF TALKS [scroll down]:

World War I
During the war, both male and female artists played an important role.  Some were on the front line, others remained on the home front.  Some were officially appointed, some followed their own needs to record their experiences. 

  • Art & the Great War: - paintings by the official War Artists, commissioned to record and then to commemorate the war.
  • Art & Camouflage:  how the idea of camouflage came about and how it was used in WW1
Manuscript Illuminations
These amazingly preserved examples of Medieval and Renaissance art are little-known but well-worth exploring both for the beauty and richness of their materials to their often quirky illustrations.
  • The Making of Illuminated Manuscripts:  a step-by-step journey from animals grazing in a field to the completion of a magnificent illuminated manuscript such as the Book of Kells.
  • Bawdy Borders: unexpected images, sometimes funny, sexy and rude, from the margins of holy manuscripts
  • Illuminating Calendars: 'an everyday story of country folk' told through the calendar illustrations of  illuminated manuscripts
  • Illuminating Easter: the Easter story, from the images illustrating illuminated manuscripts
  • Illuminating Christmas: the Christmas story, from the images illustrating illuminated manuscripts
Hidden Meanings: the iconography/symbolism of selected paintings. In a different age, the significance of objects and figures in paintings often goes unrecognised.  Each of these talks explores one painting to see if we can discover what it was really about.
  • Anon. "The Wilton Diptych" (14thC) in the National Gallery, London
  • Van Eyck's "Arnolfini Portrait" (15thC) in the National Gallery, London
  • Botticelli's "Primavera" (15thC) in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence
  • Vasari's "Temptation of St Jerome" (16thC) [versions in the Art Institute of Chicago and at Temple Newsom House, Leeds.]
  • Bronzino's "Allegory of Venus and Cupid" (16thC) in the National Gallery, London
  • Holbein's "Ambassadors" (16thC) in the National Gallery, London
  • Poussin's "A Dance to the Music of Time" (17thC) in the Wallace Collection, London
  • Bosch's "Tabletop of the Seven Deadly Sins" in the Prado Museum, Madrid
Popular painted subjects:
  1. Painted Flowers - their depiction through the ages, from the decoration of manuscript borders, to botanical precision, to popular paintings of a vase of flowers.
  2. Still-life Painting - what's it all about?  There is often more to the painting of a bunch of objects on a table than you might suspect.
  3. Art & Illusion: how painters have deceived the eye in the past - and continue to do so today, usually with great humour. 
  4. Art About Art: how certain artists have been inspired by earlier artists in their own rather different creations.
Why, what, where, when, how?
  • The Art of Mosaic - an insight into the production technique of an ancient art form created with bits of stone, glass and tile.
  • Painting on Walls - an exploration of some of the many techniques, from ancient to modern, of decorating walls and ceilings.
  • What did the Renaissance do for us? - an exploration of the methods, materials and subjects developed during the Renaissance that we still use and admire today.
  • What did the Impressionists do for us? - an exploration of the new methods of painting and new ways of seeing that were stimulated after the invention of photography. 
  • Whatever did the Modernists do for us? - seek, and maybe we shall find!
  1. Ideal Form: the carved figure in ancient European sculpture - from prehistoric to classical - from which our notion of beauty evolved.
  2. Great Sculptors of the Renaissance and Baroque, and the techniques they used.
  3. Modern Sculpture - new ways and means of creating 3-dimensional form in the 20th century
Seasonal Talks:
  1. The Easter Story in Painting
  2. Illuminating Easter: the Easter story in illuminated manuscripts
  3. Painting the Last Supper - an evolution of style and content - putting the 'Da Vinci Code' in context!
  4. Illuminating Christmas: the Christmas story in illuminated manuscripts
  5. The Christmas Story through Paintings of the National Gallery, London  [this can be adapted to the paintings in other art galleries in needed]
  6. Painting Winter from Medieval through Modern paintings.