Sessions include discussions using slides and visiting the National Gallery of Victoria.
A wonderful opportunity to join Helen Brack, celebrated Melbourne artist, to discuss the dialogue between Art and we, who look at it. Helen encourages you to align yourself with what you are looking at and contemplate this in depth.
The first session is hosted at the CAE, using reproductions, while on the other two sessions we visit the NGV to think together about particular works on display.
Helen Brack is interested in the content of art, the value of art, its viability, its grammar, its’ worthwhileness in the community. There are many categories of art that should not be confused.
Students will view work from the National Gallery of Victoria and discover the scope of art available, learning to engage with, interpret and discuss what they see. They will have a greater awareness of the concerns and complexities of art and artists from different periods.
Helen attended the National Gallery Art School in Melbourne from 1945–1947, and during the 1960s gained a Graduate Diploma in Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. She has exhibited regularly in Melbourne every two to three years since 1954, especially at Standfield Gallery from 1979 to 1991, and more recently, with Niagara Galleries. In the 1980s she designed and collaborated with the Victorian Tapestry Workshop in the making of two tapestries.
Helen’s concern is about the nature and language of painting and drawing, about where art has relevance in the community, and how we manage the conflict between popular and serious.
Helen has worked for the CAE for almost 50 years, initially teaching painting and drawing and presented many Art based appreciation courses. She has given talks to the Christies Education Programme, at the University of Western Australia, National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria, and to the conservation course at the Ian Potter, Melbourne University.