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Feeling sad this al fresco scene is now not even possible after the latest lockdown starting this Thursday...the effect ...
01/11/2020

Feeling sad this al fresco scene is now not even possible after the latest lockdown starting this Thursday...the effect on businesses and everyone’s mental health will be huge..praying we will get back to some sort of normal by Christmas....🙏🏻

Cafe Terrace at Night by Van Gogh, an artist who had many mental health struggles and found a therapy through his art. Perhaps we should all be painting and creating as much as possible over the next few weeks!?

Stay safe and well friends 😘

👻 Happy Halloween from us and Hans Holbein! Spot the Skull 💀 in this painting...to see it & learn more head to the @nati...
31/10/2020

👻 Happy Halloween from us and Hans Holbein! Spot the Skull 💀 in this painting...to see it & learn more head to the @nationalgallery video in our BIO

Hans Holbein’s The Ambassadors, 1533 is the Renaissance’s answer to Optical Art 🤪

The skull is painted in ‘anamorphic perspective’ ~ an invention of the Early Renaissance. It’s meant to be a visual puzzle as the viewer must look at the painting from high on the right side, or low on the left side, to see the form of a 3D human skull!

〰️〰️Fall, 1963, Bridget Riley 〰️〰️ •Art wizard Helena, is in Cornwall this week and we’ve been thinking about Bridget’s ...
27/10/2020

〰️〰️Fall, 1963, Bridget Riley 〰️〰️

Art wizard Helena, is in Cornwall this week and we’ve been thinking about Bridget’s childhood spent in Cornwall! Bridget Riley was born in 1931 in London & when World War II broke out her family moved to Cornwall. She would explore the coastline and caves where she would sit and watch the reflections in rock pools. She also liked looking at the sea and how the light made it change colour 💙

Is this a moving waterfall? Or a fall in all senses of the word? Bridget was the leading light in the 1960’s for Op Art creating shapes, colours and patterns in special ways which made images that look as if they are moving or blurring. Op Art means Optical Art! 👁🤪🧐 Does it make your eyes go funny?

💫💚 @helenagstevens checking up on our favourite Titian at @nationalgallery ~ we can’t wait to do our revamped Myths and ...
23/10/2020

💫💚 @helenagstevens checking up on our favourite Titian at @nationalgallery ~ we can’t wait to do our revamped Myths and Legends tour again...though Bacchus & Ariadne will most definitely be staying on the menu 💚💫

🍂 Chosen by Helena 🍂The picture I am currently loving - Autumn Composition, Flowers on a Table, 1932 by Ivon Hitchins @t...
19/10/2020

🍂 Chosen by Helena 🍂The picture I am currently loving - Autumn Composition, Flowers on a Table, 1932 by Ivon Hitchins @tate

We can always bring Autumn inside even if we are having to spend more time at home! Collecting leaves and conkers & painting a still life or even painting on them 🎨

This painting is by Hitchens when he was living in London and you can see there is a big Cubist influence in this work. What autumnal things do you think you can decipher...? 💛❤️💜💚

💫The wonderful art wizard Sophie creating some magic at our @christiesinc tour 💫 we can’t wait to getting back to the au...
17/10/2020

💫The wonderful art wizard Sophie creating some magic at our @christiesinc tour 💫 we can’t wait to getting back to the auction houses to see some more masterpieces which aren’t normally on public display!

💚It’s been a while 👋🏻...just as we were about to start some more tours for small private groups Tier 2 has been brought ...
16/10/2020

💚It’s been a while 👋🏻...just as we were about to start some more tours for small private groups Tier 2 has been brought in 😑....but just to say we are still here planning, plotting, waiting..to bring our tours back 🖼🏛💚 and in the meantime sharing some throwback #littlegrandtours plus some #arthistory posts! Love from the team X

SO miss our big Calendar tours...this photo is from one of our favourites #PierreBonnard at @tate a couple of years ago!

❤️First time back at @tate and it felt great! Very civilized and well curated walk round of the 20th century collection ...
25/08/2020

❤️First time back at @tate and it felt great! Very civilized and well curated walk round of the 20th century collection but 😭 no groups allowed yet so we’re on hold still for the Calendar tours for the time being, BUT if anyone would like a private tour with max. 2 children please do get in touch! ❤️

Here we’re looking at the wonderful stripy #patrickheron in the St Ives room!

🍂Is there anything more nostalgic of childhood than a conker🍂•If there’s one book to buy for all generations ~ it’s ‘The...
22/08/2020

🍂Is there anything more nostalgic of childhood than a conker🍂

If there’s one book to buy for all generations ~ it’s ‘The Lost Words’ by @jackiemorrisartist @robgmacfarlane ~ and how lucky to come across the exhibition of the book up at #thesill on #hadrianswall this week to see the wonderful acrostic poems and sketches which we have become so familiar with! As Jackie says:

“I want The Lost Words to delight the mind and the eye and send children to sleep dreaming of wild things.” 🤍

#thelostwords #conker #hadrianswall #autumn

@ The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre

Artpaper.
13/07/2020

Artpaper.

Artpaper #11 is out soon - with The Malta Independent on Sunday / 19 July 💥

#savetheartsuk to all those who work in the arts, post a photo of you at work with this hashtag to raise awareness 🙏🏻
05/07/2020

#savetheartsuk to all those who work in the arts, post a photo of you at work with this hashtag to raise awareness 🙏🏻

🎥The video of our Family highlights for @masterpiecefair is live ~ 5 paintings for children to learn about including a s...
01/07/2020

🎥The video of our Family highlights for @masterpiecefair is live ~ 5 paintings for children to learn about including a stunning painting by Panini of my favourite building in Rome, the Pantheon 🏛

A sneak peek of some of the art works we’ll be looking at for our children’s tour this Sunday ~ please do sign up, they ...
24/06/2020

A sneak peek of some of the art works we’ll be looking at for our children’s tour this Sunday ~ please do sign up, they are half an hour, with a few slots to choose from & free for all ~ with the brilliant @masterpiecefair in lieu of the fairs normal tours which we would be leading! ❣️❣️❣️❣️

Here we have a (L-R) Pierre Bonnard, Picasso & an Augustus John 💫💫💫 @williamwestongallery @robilantvoenagallery @philip_mould_gallery @ Masterpiece

💻🖥📱Coming Soon! Free Virtual tours for @masterpiecefair next Sunday 28th June ~ free and for children aged 6-12 & 12-16 ...
18/06/2020

💻🖥📱Coming Soon! Free Virtual tours for @masterpiecefair next Sunday 28th June ~ free and for children aged 6-12 & 12-16 ~ info coming soon on how to join via Zoom! X

Association for Art History
11/06/2020

Association for Art History

Artist Hew Locke has been addressing the historic symbolism of statues, monuments and street names for nearly two decades in his work. In response to ongoing debates around ‘erasure’ or preservation he said, “This doesn’t solve the problems of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic people in this country. It’s a symbolic gesture...As we head towards another recession that will likely disproportionately impact black and brown people, it is time to think about the systemic changes society also has to make” In this article for artnet Locke emphasizes the need to teach and talk about slavery and its legacy in schools. Hew Locke worked directly with the Colston statue in 2006. He talked about this and other projects when he was keynote speaker at our 2018 Ways of Seeing schools conference for A level art and art history students.
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/monuments-uk-belgium-1883412

Timeline Photos
02/06/2020

Timeline Photos

01/06/2020

Join us to discover the vibrant paintings of one of our favourite artists! We look back over the brilliant exhibition at Tate last year 💫 enjoy your magical (!) dose of art spells X

22/05/2020

It’s taken us a little longer to do this next #artspell ~ lockdown is making us all lose sense of time! But yay it’s half term and no homeschooling next week 👍🏻 Martha & I look at Barbara Hepworth and her wonderful abstract sculptures! Enjoy 💓

✨Looking forward to these sights again one day✨•Louvre 2, Paris, 1989, Photograph by Thomas Struth (born 1954) © Thomas ...
15/05/2020

✨Looking forward to these sights again one day✨

Louvre 2, Paris, 1989, Photograph by Thomas Struth (born 1954) © Thomas Struth

💔Missing art galleries & museums so much so it made our day to enjoy this fab @craigalanstudio painting in the window at...
10/05/2020

💔Missing art galleries & museums so much so it made our day to enjoy this fab @craigalanstudio painting in the window at @clarendonfineartofficial this morning ~ we spotted lots of fun things! Great for kids 💚 Where’s Wally of the art world ~ more in stories! 💯

07/05/2020

One of our lovely Art Wizards Cornah discuses Banksy. A few blips in editing (juggling a baby on a hip, and homeschooling makes it less smooth than I’d like it to be 😅🙈) so not perfect but hope you enjoy 💘thank you Cornah 😘

💥👩‍⚕️⚡️A superhero Nurse for Banksy’s latest work of art unveiled yesterday ❤️ •The elusive artist has created a piece c...
07/05/2020

💥👩‍⚕️⚡️A superhero Nurse for Banksy’s latest work of art unveiled yesterday ❤️

The elusive artist has created a piece called ‘Game Changer’ for Southampton hospital, which will then be auctioned to raise money for the NHS later this year.

Have a closer look and see who’s in the basket behind the boy! What’s Banksy saying to us? A great discussion point for kids at the moment using this artwork.

Banksy left a note for hospital workers, saying: “Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if it’s only black and white.”

It co-inside’s with the wonderful video @cornahwillis made for LGT on Banksy over in our IGTV Art Spells ~ up a little later today! Have a watch, hope you enjoy 💯👌🏻

04/05/2020

Joseph & I look at Abstract Expressionist artists Jackson Pollock & his wife Lee Krasner 💛

01/05/2020

Following on from our latest Art Spell 💘 take a tour of Frida’s house!

💯 idea which I think we could all start? Thanks to Sarah Lamarr and her 4 year old daughter, Rosie, they have inspired u...
28/04/2020

💯 idea which I think we could all start? Thanks to Sarah Lamarr and her 4 year old daughter, Rosie, they have inspired us to start a "Bus stop gallery" during Covid to cheer up the local community! Here they are at their local bus stop in London 🙌🏻 just make sure you wash your hands when you get home 🏡👌🏻

Thanks to @reuters &
#HannahMcKay for this gem!

27/04/2020

Martha & I discover Frida & her self-portraits 🌸🦜🌺🐒

HENI Talks
26/04/2020

HENI Talks

Lazy Sunday thinking about Albrecht Dürer’s plump pillows.

These remarkable sketches of pillows are found on the back of a small self-portrait made by German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer when he was just 22 years old.

The Six Studies of Pillows (1493) are exemplary of artist’s calligraphic precision and expressiveness of line. Comparable to drapery studies, Dürer seems to be investigating the effects of light on the delicate folds, crumples, twists and billowy mass of the pillow. A lesser-known sketch, this work reveals his meticulous attention to the shapeshifting nature of an everyday object.

🐉 Happy St George’s Day 🐉 here is one of our faves - Uccello’s masterpiece of St George rescuing his princess from the j...
23/04/2020

🐉 Happy St George’s Day 🐉 here is one of our faves - Uccello’s masterpiece of St George rescuing his princess from the jaws of a very angular dragon, introducing us all to perspective and shapes! Have a look can you spot any 🔺🔴▪️🔹? We miss our Myths & Legends tour at the @nationalgallery and hope to be there again one day looking at this masterpiece 💯

⚡️We hope you’re enjoying our #ArtSpells videos ~ Monet last week, Picasso this week and looking ahead to 🌺Frida🌺 next w...
21/04/2020

⚡️We hope you’re enjoying our #ArtSpells videos ~ Monet last week, Picasso this week and looking ahead to 🌺Frida🌺 next week who is particularly inspiring for us all at the moment ~ this quote is 👌🏻 Our friend Sally @homeiswheretheartis2020 reminded me that Frida stayed in bed for 273 days straight after her accident. Wow 😳 that is nearly a year of social distancing!

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What ages is the tour most suitable for? Do you run any suitable for pre-schoolers? Thank you