The Y9-10 masterclass descriptors have arrived!
Read through our Y9-10 programme here and then discuss your preferences with parents, teachers, friends. Once you’ve decided, using the letter you have been given, complete the online form. But don’t delay…spaces are limited!
(Please note that only those students who have been selected by their school may apply and that completing the form does not guarantee you a place).
THE WORLD IS FULL OF WONDER
In these workshops you will explore the wonderful “Ceramic Rainbow” at Coca, The national Centre for Ceramic Art at York City Art Gallery, which contains artwork from a huge variety of different times and cultures.
You will gain inspiration from the objects found in the collection, which celebrate diversity and human creativity. You will work with drawings and printmaking techniques to consider the stories the artworks tell. You will create our own imaginative work which celebrates the ideas about beauty which are embodied in the work we see. You will work with other young artists from around the city to discuss and develop your ideas and opinions, with expert advice and guidance to help you. We will ask the question, ” What is Beauty?“ Is it something external that we can see? Or is it perhaps found in our spiritual or moral values?
Come and explore, create and let your sense of wonder and talent in art shine.
A HISTORY OF BEAUTY IN DARK PLACES – FULL
Why in troubled times do people yearn for beauty? This masterclass will consider beauty in dark places and explore what the past can teach us about remembrance, survival and humanity.
History is full of dark moments, where hope appears to have expired amongst the savagery of life. Yet, in an almost paradoxical way, these moments reveal instances of incredible beauty. Singing on plantations, memorials on the battlefield, lipstick in concentration camps – all will help us explore how people have faced down horror with beauty. Indeed, York itself is, in many ways, reflective of a beautiful city, framed by a dark past.
This masterclass will consider beauty in the darkest of places and explore what the past can teach us about remembrance, survival and humanity.
THE BEAUTY OF CHEMISTRY – FULL
Come and explore a range of fascinating chemical reactions and molecules. As well as the academic challenge of explaining the chemistry, you will experiment with capturing its beauty using digital technology, molecular model building and other forms of media.
Come and create a presentation/video movie to encapsulate the ‘Beauty of Chemistry’ as a conclusion to our masterclass.
BEAUTY IS IN THE MIND OF THE BEHOLDER: the Psychology of Beauty – FULL
Beauty is about so much more than just sight: there are a range of psychological factors involved that we will explore in this masterclass.
Come and dig into evolutionary psychology and explore the role of hereditary factors in our understanding of beauty. And if that’s not enough, we’ll be considering the difference between our genotype and phenotype.
THE PHILOSOPHY OF BEAUTY
What is beauty? Is beauty objective or subjective? Can we talk about beauty in a meaningful way?
In this masterclass we will explore and evaluate a variety of philosophical responses to these questions. We will also investigate how different periods of art history reflect philosophical views of beauty.
Ultimately, we will be engaging in one of the most controversial and enduring debates in Western Philosophy.
WHAT IS BEAUTY? CHANGING RESPONSES in the HISTORY of ART
Join us to explore aesthetics and the changing ways in which beauty has been understood in the history of art, drawing on the ideas of both artists and critics.
We will look at how judgments of beauty have changed; the emergence of ‘taste’ as a concept in the 18th century; and the challenges to this notion from the era of Ruskin through to the 20th century.
VENUS, ADONIS and the BODY BEAUTIFUL
Come and explore how the Greeks and Romans defined the body beautiful and how beauty was associated not just with love, but the destructive forces of war and conflict in the classical world.
We will investigate how Venus and Adonis became the forerunners to today’s supermodels, how Ovid’s love manuals have shaped online dating advice and how classical architecture has shaped what we consider to be beautiful in our buildings.
Let’s look at beauty from its most flattering angles: through myth, literature, art, architecture and philosophy. We’ll discuss visual art; learn to analyse ancient texts in translation to uncover messages and themes; and ultimately make links between the classical and modern worlds.
DON’T DELAY, APPLY TODAY!