Science and Art: David Lewry

"This course will look at the role science plays in the production and appreciation of art. Not normally considered to be enthusiastic bedfellows, the two disciplines nevertheless, have had a profound influence on each other. We will look at how optical instruments such as the lens and the camera obscura have been used by artists though the ages. How mathematics was used to produce a working set of rules for linear perspective. How Newton’s experiments with light were to change our understanding of the way we perceive colour and enabled artists to create and understand the colour wheel. And how artists have incorporated scientific and industrial subjects into their work. In addition to holding a degree in art history, David is a working artist and experienced practical art tutor at the Centre, so he is able to bring a dual insight to his lectures."

Tutor: David Lewry

"David Lewry attended St Martin’s School of Art in London in the 1970s and, after a diverse career, received a First Class Honours Degree in Social History and History of Art with the OU before studying Botanical Illustration at the Eden Project in Cornwall. In 2006 he was awarded a silver medal by the RHS. He runs a number of classes and workshops in and around the Bedford area and has worked at the REC teaching practical art skills and art history. David is an award-winning wildlife artist and member of the United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society. "