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Ideas and suggestions from Sandra Pollard (Trustee at The Bridge)

Sandra Pollard is a Trustee at The Bridge but also an art history Tutor. Sandra has provided the following for all to use or share.


During this difficult period it is important that we all keep positive and perhaps, if you are able to, it is an ideal opportunity to do what you’ve always wanted to do - to learn more about art and art history. YouTube is of course a mine of information for learning about practical arts and crafts, but if you Google ‘art history free on line’, you will find several sites for studying aspects of the visual arts. Some of them are interactive, which could allow you to set up conversations with other likeminded people and thus feel less isolated.

To start you off, here are some suggestions of sites I would recommend you start with and if you find any other good ones, why not put the information on our Facebook page for other people to share?

www.tate.org.uk/learnonline – over 300 hours of video, podcasts, information on the collection, its works and artists.

www.nga.gov/audio-video.html - National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA, whose archives go back to 1941 and include podcasts and videos of artists, authors, filmmakers, musicians and historians.

www.nationalgallery.org.uk/stories - National Gallery in London ‘read and watch’, with stories inspired by wonderful paintings in their collection.

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-10-university-art-classes-free-online – 10 university art classes you can take free on line. They are indepth and quite challenging but worth the effort.

http://www.openartsarchive.org/ - a very full site to explore with many different videos and other resources linking up with several art institutions throughout the UK.

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue - look up History and The Arts for a huge range of courses on art, art history and the wider humanities.

I hope you enjoy them and stay well.

Sandra Pollard

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