Wassily Kandinsky: Between East and West

Last week we welcomed 15 young people to our fully-booked Insights into Art History workshop here at The Courtauld Gallery. They came from all over London to spend time with Natalia Murray an expert art historian in Russian 20th century art and The Courtauld’s collection of Kandinsky’s. After a quick introduction into the context Kandinsky was working in and his inspiration from artists to the West and East, we headed into the gallery to look and analysis Kandinsky’s works firsthand. A few observational drawings were made before heading back to the seminar room to try our hand at woodcut printing!

The next Insights workshop is on Saturday 5th December and will focus on Van Gogh.

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We Welcome Welling School Back

We are happy to announce that this year we are working with Welling School and their brilliant year 7 students again. Yesterday we welcomed the first group of their students to The Courtauld Gallery to explore our current display Bridget Riley: Learning from Seurat. They spent the day with art historian Dr Katie Faulkner and artist Nadine Mahoney thinking about how artists use paintings from the past to learn, Seurat’s and Riley’s use of colour theory, and the difference between copying and transcriptions. My favourite quote from the day is ‘I learnt that you can learn a lot about painting yourself by observing other people’s paintings’. We are now all equip to visit any gallery and learn like an artist! Here are some photos from the day…

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We can’t wait for our visit to Welling School in December…

Meghan Goodeve, Oak Foundation Young People’s Programme Coordinator (job-share with Helen Higgins)