Alton Decorative and Fine Arts Society

Special Interest Day

Romeo and Juliet painting
photo:Southampton Art Gallery
Held in the Spring and Autumn, these Special Interest Days are a popular component of the programme.

We invite an expert to spend the day with a small group to examine a particular topic; past subjects have included exploring Shakespeare as seen through the artist's eye, a practical session on restoring old furniture, days devoted to Picasso, Silver, Winchester, Samplers, English Cathedrals, Jewellery, the Nabateans, Ancient Mexico, the history of opera, the arts and crafts movement in Hampshire, the Romanovs, Georgian houses, 18th century music as well as looking at English porcelain and understanding paintings.

They are sometimes linked to a future visit and are held in a variety of venues and include lunch.

Coming up

Thursday, 22 November 2018 at Beech Village Hall

The Two Faces of Russia Moscow & St Petersburg Rosamund Bartlett

Some Russian artists identify with Moscow, others with Petersburg. What is it that determines their loyalties? The two cities are the two faces of Russia. Like the imperial emblem of the double-headed eagle, they look in different directions Moscow towards Asia, and St. Petersburg towards Europe. This day explores the art and architecture of both of these great cities, examining their different characters and ways of life, and looking at how and why they increased and decreased in importance before and after the 1917 Revolution.

Double headed eagle crown

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Buddhist Art and Architecture of the Himalayas and Tibet Zara Fleming

The study day will focus on how to appreciate the Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist art of the Himalayas and Tibet. We will cover the transmission of Buddhist art and architecture from its birthplace in India into the Himalayas and a general overview of the subject matter. Then we will explore the rich symbolism of Tibetan art and explain how to interpret the common images, themes and motifs. After lunch we will examine Tibetan culture and other aspects of Buddhist culture.

Buddhist Art and Architecture of the Himalayas and Tibet Zara Fleming

Sunday, 17 November 2019

From Romanticism to Impressionism in Music and Painting Janet Canetty-Clark