Renaissance to Pop : art lectures by Nick Pearson

Nick Pearson

11 Sep - 18 Dec

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

£10 per session

Class details

Join Nick Pearson for his new series of art lectures; Renaissance to Pop. You’ll discover the influences and historical events that have shaped western art history. Nick has compiled a series of lively illustrated lectures covering the period from the late Middle Ages to the mid 20th century.


10am – 12pm

11 September – 18 December (no session on Monday 23 October)

Fee : £10 per session

10% discount if you sign up for the whole series

Our Story begins in the late Middle Ages and looks at the changing nature of religious belief, philosophy and artistic depiction as Europe moved into the Renaissance period. We’ll explore a range of artists; from Giotto to Leonardo, Michelangelo and Titian.

Our journey continues through the Baroque period where we look at ‘old masters’, such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Vermeer. This leads to the ‘Neo-Classicism’ of David and Ingres, and the early 19th century Romantics like Gericault, Delacroix, Turner and Constable.

We’ll move on to the avant-garde ‘isms’ of 19th and 20th century painting; including

  • the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in England and in France
  • Manet, Degas and the Impressionists
  • the influence of Japan
  • the Post-Impressionism of Van Gogh, Gauguin and Toulouse-Lautrec
  • the influence of Africa and German Expressionism
  • Picasso, Braque and Cubism
  • leading to Futurism and,
  • how the Dadaists in Zurich during WWI gave birth to Surrealism in Paris

From there, we see how those moments and other historical events influenced art in America. We cover the Abstract Expressionism of Pollock, Rothko and others, and continue with art of the 1950s–60s, including: Johns and Rauschenberg, British, American, French and Italian Pop and ‘New Realism’.

We’ll end with the influential Pop Art that came out of New York.

Support notes are included

After each lecture Nick will send you a copy of his comprehensive, illustrated notes via email.

You may sign up for the whole course of 14 lectures or drop in whenever you can. Either way, we look forward to seeing you at our Renaissance to Pop art lectures.


Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 11 Sep - 18 Dec
Monday 10:00 am
Fees: £10 per session

About the tutor

Nick Pearson

Nick is an internationally exhibited artist and an enthusiastic lecturer. He has a passion for art of all period and teaches at various levels in schools, colleges, universities and adult learning centres; including

  • London College of Contemporary Art
  • Richmond Art School
  • OPEN Ealing
  • University of Oxford
  • Northampton University
  • Bradford College of Art

His artistic practice encompasses sculpture, drawing and photographic work. He creates large, wall-based works which explore formal relationships through shape and colour, often with a kind of abstract visual humour – but as in all collage, each constituent part has its own history and poetic meaning. Nick uses everyday objects in his artwork which he has often found or which have been discarded.

For more information on his work and exhibitions visit his website:

To book special, private tours (for birthdays, corporate events, etc) please email him:

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