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Tony studied painting at Bath Academy of Art (1963-66). He then taught art in secondary schools for 30 years and was Head of Expressive Arts at a school in Hemel Hempstead. He now paints and exhibits, mostly in acrylics and pastels, and has run many adult art classes in Hertfordshire. He runs a regular private class in Chorleywood, Herts. on Friday mornings.
DEMONSTRATIONS/ WORKSHOPS Tony has been giving demonstations and workshops with Art Profile for over 12 years in acrylics, pastel and other media as required. Subjects offered are:- Landscapes, Portraits, Life in India, Still life and Geometric Abstraction.
LECTURES/ ILLUSTRATED TALKS Tony gives slide presentations with his laptop, digital projector and screen. These talks are:-
ASPECTS OF COMPOSITION A tour through Art history looking at how the arrangements within a picture can affect purpose, meaning and aesthetics - FORMAT What shape is the frame? PLACING Symmetry, asymmetry MOVEMENT of the eye around the picture IDEALS Classical form, golden section CHALLENGING THE RULES THE PICTURE PLANE, Depth, illusion FIGURE/GROUND Subject/background LIGHT, COLOUR
LANDSCAPE AND MEANING How and why landscapes are used to convey ideas and emotion in these periods- The origins of landscape in the Rennaisance as part of religious art. How it starts to become a separate genre in 16th century Holland. Landscapes' function in Neo-Classicism. The Picturesque and the development of English watercolour. The central role in Romanticism and the Symbolism. 19th century Realists and Impressionism. Post-Impressionism, Modernism, Surrealism. 20th century American realism. Examples of Tony Jackson's own landscape work.
MODERN ART – ORIGINS AND PURPOSES A look at the development of modern art movements from the 19th century to the present day, with emphasis on the links to other cultural areas and the effects of technology, science, philosophy, warfare. Categories are- Developments in realism, effect of photography. Awareness of art as objects in their own right, not just illusions. New ways of expressing emotions. Imagination, symbolism, fantasy, Surrealism. Anger, reaction to warfare. Calm, refinement, minimalism, aesthetics. The influence of rich patrons.
STRATEGIES FOR DRAWING This is a mixture of a slide show and a practical demonstration on paper. The aim is to look at the range of strategies that artists use to construct accurate images, to make value judgement and selections, to express a personal response to what is seen. These issues will be explored- Summarising, sketching. Measurement, construction, composition. Working outwards from a central point. Perspective. Relationship between line and tone. Mechanical methods, tracing, squaring up, camera obscura. Choosing the subject, selecting what is important.
Based in Hertfordshire, Tony is available within a 50 mile radius. To see more of his work please visit his website www0
The Glasgow School. The pioneering work done at the turn of the 20th century at the Glasgow School of Art by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Margaret and Frances McDonald and Herbert McNair. The international esteem of these men AND women is looked at and more detail given on the other Glasgow Boys and Girls such as Bessie MacNicol, Jessie King, James Guthrie, John Lavery etc. The talk finishes with a look at the Scottish Colourists and later distinctive work produced in Glasgow.
The Post Impressionists. How Artists such as Manet, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cezanne and Seurat strove to go beyond the perceived superficiality of Impressionism and produce new and more meaningful approaches to painting. The diversity of aims and purposes are examined and ideas of what it is to be "modern", including a look at later artists such as Picasso and Matisse.