Art Appreciation

Group meetings are currently held via Zoom.

We will be meeting via Zoom on the third Monday of each month at 10:30am.

The list of topics we hope to cover are:

  • Roy Lichtenstein
  • The Pitman Painters
  • Magritte
  • Clarisse Cliff
  • Celebrity artists
  • Banksy
  • Pointilism

We also hope to have a guest speaker on Native American art and British female Surrealists.

February 2021

There was a bumper turnout for our meeting this month, 13 out of 17 members.

David gave us a presentation on Roy Lichtenstein, starting with a brief outline of his early life and career.  He showed a number of examples of different styles of his work which piqued our interest and gave rise to a variety of questions which give us all something to research further.

Lichtenstein was a leading figure in the pop art movement in America.  He produced paintings parodying the comic strip and advertising, and even versions of other artists such as van Gogh.

Our next meeting will be in March when we will be hearing from Margaret about Banksy.

January 2021

We discussed our plans for the year and then had a presentation on Alfred Wallis. He was a Cornish fisherman who turned to painting very late in life.  He was unable to afford the usual artist materials so used ship’s paint etc and often worked on scraps of wood and card, with a limited colour palette. He died in the workhouse not having been recognised for his talent in his lifetime.




Topic – Roy Lichtenstein

Further information from the group contact (see details below)


Here are some links to follow when in isolation.  They allow you to ‘visit’ some great museums worldwide:

Guggenheim Museum, New York – 3D tour

Musee d’Orsay, Paris

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – 3D tour

Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Uffizi Gallery, Florence – install Google Arts & Culture app to explore virtual reality tour

MASP, Sao Paulo – install Google Arts & Culture app to explore virtual reality tour

National Gallery of Art, Washington – install Google Arts & Culture app to explore virtual reality tour

Paris Museums – 100,000 images online for free viewing

Googles Art site – explore in 3D many places of interest

Most detailed ever photograph of The Night Watch goes online – Rijksmuseum



This group meets on the 3rd Monday each month from 10.30 am – 12.00 pm in the upstairs conference room of the Sun Inn.

New members are welcome. For more information contact Helen Baker tel. 01773 710743 or email


Future Meetings:

Art Appreciation – Programme for 2021

18th January

Planning meeting


15th February Roy Lichtenstein

Past meetings and visits:

September/October 2020 on Zoom

We have started meeting together via Zoom and our sessions are running pretty much as they were before.  One of us leads on a topic and others join in with observations, questions or extra information so it’s not like a lecture. It’s working very well and we are very pleased to have welcomed two new members.

Not all the group’s members join us but any presentations or notes are emailed out to all with a report of the meeting so we hope they don’t feel that they’re missing too much.  We have also been sending out links to online exhibitions and other happenings.We are missing going out to exhibitions which have been very enjoyable experiences.

In September, David introduced us to the Newlyn School and a particular favourite of his, Stanhope Forbes, a founding member of the movement.  He described how the artists painted from real life, using local models and illustrating local life, showing us lots of examples.

In October, Helen showed a presentation on Fauvism. This was a movement in France following Impressionism, foremost of whose artists was Matisse.  They were called ‘Les Fauvres’ or The Wild Beasts because of the impact ofthe aggressive nature of their painting and often strident use of colour.

November’s meeting is about Modern Architecture with a look at the Bauhaus School, Frank Lloyd Wright and Gaudi.

There will be no meeting in December and we will get together again in January to plan our next year of study.

Helen Baker, Group Contact.

March 2020 – Welbeck’s Harley Gallery

We went ahead with our planned visit (well 3 of us did) to see the Lego exhibition in the Harley Gallery just before Lockdown.  It was called Brick by Brick and included everything from sculpture to photography, not just bricks.

The exhibits were thought provoking, such as the guns reproduced in Lego by a Northern Ireland artist who was familiar with both as he was growing up, to the funny as in the use of Lego figures in comic-style images.
Here are just a few of our favourites:

During Lockdown we are hoping to visit lots of museums and art galleries albeit virtually!

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