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My Influences:- Art Nouveau

Good Morning,

Happy Monday, 8th November. How was the weekend, filled with fireworks, bonfires & sparklers? Not necessarily in that order!

This week's blog is a simplified explanation of Art Nouveau.

I was heavily influenced by this movement as a student in Manchester many years ago.

A.S.K News:-

Art Club:-

There are only 3 sessions left before the end of the year. Do you have a painting or drawing you're working on but need advice on tap in an inspirational studio/ gallery?

The sessions are on Thursday 18th November, 2nd & 16th December 2 -4 pm.

Only £12.00 per session.


These are in the pipeline and will be on the website in early December for 2022.

Kids' Christmas extravaganza:-

This afternoon workshop is for 7 - 13-year-olds on Saturday 11th December 1-4 pm.

It involves making painted Christmas cards, paper snowflakes, and Christmas baubles.

A really creative, festive & fun afternoon. 

All for only £22.00

Christmas Tree Festival, St Swithun's Church, Retford:-

Dates, times, and more news next week.

Watercolour & Baileys Coffee Experience

This is a festive twist on the watercolour & cream tea experience for November & December.

The two-hour session involves painting in watercolours, drinking a hot Baileys coffee, eating Christmas cake and mince pies... what's not to love?

All for £28.00 per person or 2 for £50. A great break from the madness that is Christmas

Have a fantastic week.

Amina x





Art Nouveau

Art nouveau is an international style in architecture and design that emerged in the 1890s and is characterised by sinuous lines and flowing organic shapes based on plant forms.

In English, it is also known as the Modern Style.

The style was most popular between 1890 and 1910 during the Belle Époque period that ended with the start of World War I in 1914.

It was a reaction against the academic art, eclecticism, and historicism of 19th-century architecture and decoration.

The style epitomises both the degeneration of tradition and decadence in society during the last decade of the nineteenth century, while, at the same time heralding a new optimism and hope for the twentieth.

It was often inspired by natural forms such as the sinuous curves of plants and flowers.

 Other characteristics of Art Nouveau were a sense of dynamism and movement, often given by asymmetry, and the use of modern materials, particularly iron, glass, ceramics, and later concrete, to create unusual forms and larger open spaces.

One major objective of Art Nouveau was to break down the traditional distinction between fine arts (especially painting and sculpture) and applied arts. It was most widely used in interior design, graphic arts, furniture, glass art, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, and metalwork.

In Britain, it was influenced by William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement.

By 1914, and with the beginning of the First World War, Art Nouveau was largely exhausted. In the 1920s, it was replaced as the dominant architectural and decorative art style by Art Deco and then Modernism.

 The Art Nouveau style began to receive more positive attention from critics in the late 1960s, with a major exhibition of the work of Hector Guimard at the Museum of Modern Art in 1970.


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