The North Waltham Art Appreciation Society provides a local forum where people who enjoy looking at works of art come together to discover more about the life and artwork of a wide range of different artists and to discuss their thoughts, ideas and opinions about the paintings we’ve seen.
Art appreciation centres on our ability to view art from throughout history, and how art developed in the specific periods. It is difficult to understand art without understanding the life story and cultural background of the artist. In the Art Appreciation group sessions, we try to make connections to the context of art and the creative interactions of the individual artist to their setting. For example, during the last year we have looked at artists as diverse as Albrecht Durer, John Constable, George Frederic Watts, Pierre Bonnard, Joaquin Sorolla and Dora Carrington.
The group holds 6 meetings a year to review the work of a different artist each time. These sessions are held on a Wednesday evening in the Cedar room of the village school. There are also occasional visits to art galleries to see the works of art being discussed as well as other particularly interesting exhibitions.