Art History as a Springboard for Storytelling (Friday)

Friday, May 22, 2020



Note: This is a four-week series that meets twice weekly -- Mondays at 11:30 am and Fridays at 9:30 am.

There are endless joys to experience studying the history of art and—there are many mysteries to explore and interpret. Any given work of art can speak to each person in a different way, can trigger personal memories or inspire narratives we never thought of before. For this class, Tim O’Kane will share artwork, mostly paintings, that he is spending time with right now. All work will be representational and chosen to offer many creative writing possibilities. On Mondays at 11:30 AM he’ll present two works for you to consider. He’ll give you some background on the artists and you’ll discuss the works together. You will have the week to write whatever you like about one or both of them and will meet again on Friday at 9:30 AM to share what you’ve written. The class will run for four weeks, with an option to extend to six. Class size is limited. 

About the Instructor
Virginia resident Tim O’Kane has been working his entire adult life as an artist, teacher, musician, photographer, writer, and garden designer. The recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships from organizations such as the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, he is best known for his contributions to the realm of contemporary narrative art through drawings and paintings focusing on the figure. His work also includes portraits, cityscapes and landscapes of Italy, where he has traveled often, and his more recent still-life subject matter. Most recently he has been involved in large commissions with UVA’s Colonnade Club for the 200th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone, and with Monticello, creating botanical paintings of the plants, flowers, and vegetables from the restored gardens Jefferson began in the 1770s. 

Learn more about Tim and his work here.

Members only.