The Art Appreciation group met at Parquesol, El Morche and Canillas . We had 7 people in Canillas and 6 in El Morche for two fabulous enjoyable sessions.
Turner is my favourite painter, but I think you all realise this now. It was a pleasure to prepare for these sessions. I have had such a great summer watching Turner DVDs. I can do another session on Turner and the Industrial Revolution.
I chose the Simon Schwama DVD from the Power of Art series for the following reasons.
1. He gave a view into Turners life and politics that I found interesting and unusual. Turner had a social conscience.
· He was anti-slavery and depicted this in his Slave ship. The imagery of the drowning slaves was a horrendous act and he showed it as a maelstrom of flailing arms and drowning bodies. The ray of light in the corner was the light of hope.
· He was against government policy regarding the deportation of convicts. His canvas of the Convict ship is moving and makes a definite statement.
2. Turner made many lovely scenes of rural England which are his popular work and shows his talent in landscapes beautifully
3. The imagery of the BBC documentary reflects the stunning landscapes. The camera work is fantastic and added to the Turner experience.
4. Turner also chronicled historic events in an unusual way as we see in the Fighting Temaraire, Plagues of Egypt and depiction of Waterloo. These can be analysed in so many ways we were all enthralled trying to fathom out the message.
Next month Roger Martinez is helping us understand a little about Constable. I will send you all reminders nearer the time. However, 2nd Wednesday in Canillas and 3rd in El Morche. This year, I am asking members to lead the sessions. Can I have volunteers for January, April and May please? David will download the DVD so you just need to open and lead the discussion.
See you there.