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06 September 2011New term, new challenges
The new term is about to start - and I'm planning my community art history classes for Usk and Monmouth. Teaching art and architectural history has been a new challenge for me during the last few years, and I have been delighted to become a visiting lecturer for the University of Wales, Newport, as well as to set up some classes of my own. It has been very enjoyable opening the art history textbooks and wallowing in beautiful images, then deciding what to say about them! I took much inspiration from a visit to the galleries of Milan in August; it was tempting to stay in Italy and continue drifting beside Como's exquisite lakeside villas than come home to the early British autumn...
In Usk, I hope to run a course on landscape painting, looking at how this type of art - once considered deeply inferior to religious or history paintings - emerged to become one of the great art forms, especially in Britain. In Monmouth at the lovely Shire Hall, I'll be teaching a class for the University on the history and meanings of paintings of people, particularly portraits, a fascinating area. More details about these courses on the Art History Classes page.
Meanwhile, editing and writing work this summer has been varied, including health issues in several articles for Arthritis Care and edits for the Royal College of Nursing; the health and stomachs of the world of 1810, in helping a friend edit her fascinating family cookbook from the period (www.the1810cookbook.com); and some website editing for Susan Rentoul Design.