What Exactly is Art? : David Lewry

"The course aims to take a rather different look at the way we perceive and crtique art. We will explore a number of philosophical issues surrounding art and will consider questions such as: What is Art For? What Counts as Good Art? How Should Art be Bought and Sold? How should Art be viewed? Rather than being just a sit and listen course, students will be encouraged to bring their own views to the table and discuss topics and pictures suggested by the tutor. Many of these questions have been touched on in other art history lectures so this an attempt to bring them all together. If you love art (or even if you hate some aspects of it!) this is an opportunity to consider ideas and viewpoints that may support or contradict your own position. It should be a stimulating and interesting course - especially when we consider Tracey Emin’s Bed!"

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. "