Hi girls. Since I am playing Mini-AG’s personal nurse for the next few days after her tonsil surgery, I am going to let Kate Gordon, of London Art Studies tell you all about her fabulous classes for today’s very cultural post…
I am so excited to be able to tell American Girl readers about London Art Studies which I launched a little over a year ago. Basically, we provide one-day art and jewellery courses – everything you’d like to know about a certain topic, but were afraid to ask! I’ve both taken and given a wide variety of courses over the years – and invariably found myself missing a week or two, here and there due to other commitments. At London Art Studies, each course is designed to last simply for one day – and to be more specific, from 10am through 2:30pm. We also try and make the courses both topical and relevant: to learn a little more about the most exciting exhibitions currently on view in London. It’s great to know why the Lichtenstein exhibition at Tate Modern is currently the hottest ticket in town; it’s also good to know exactly what you’re looking at (and why) when you stop by Sotheby’s or Christie’s (particularly during their Contemporary Sales!!)
London Art Studies can be found 2 days a week at The Berkeley Hotel, in Pierre Koffmann’s private dining room. Each class is limited to 16 people, and you can either come on your own or with a friend. Harvey Nichols is conveniently located right next door; so it really is the perfect location for AG in Chelsea! Each class day includes a fabulous lunch cooked by the Michelin-starred chef Pierre Koffmann, and you can either chat with your friends over lunch – or ask the lecturer as many questions as you wish. All lecturers are chosen not only for their academic qualifications but also for their friendliness; one of the students recently said that her favourite part of the day was the laughter…another student called London Art Studies “a spa for the mind” (which is my own favourite description).
Jewelry is a great passion of mine, and we have four terrific days to choose from during the upcoming Summer Term (or you can, of course, do them all). We’re starting on 25th April with a look at the jewellery of Russian, Indian and British Royal Families in Royal Jewels: from Tsars to Maharajahs, and then going back in time on 15th May to look at The Age of Decadence and Discovery: Jewellery from 1900-1960 which explores the styles of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, Fabergé, Bulgari, Boucheron and Cartier amongst others. We’re also taking a closer look at Elizabeth Taylor’s collection in A Price above Rubies on 21st May.
I’m also excited to learn more about Paris and Impressionism (30th April), to see how Contemporary Art is inspired by the Old Masters (14th May) and to listen again to the perennial favourite Great Tarts in Art on 20th May which takes a look at the world’s most famous courtesans and mistresses as seen by the artist. We end the season with a look at Russian art in Three Centuries of Russian Art on 25th June.
In brief, London Art Studies provides a terrific selection of art courses in a great location; our motto is “to inspire and delight” and I hope we continue doing this for a long time to come.
Courses are priced at £175 which includes lunch from a bespoke menu by Pierre Koffmann.
For further information and full course list please see www.londonartstudies.com or call 020 7259 5634.
From 24th April 2013 – 25th June 2013
Thanks for sharing Kate!