At the National Gallery, the instructor talked us through the following paintings on our first museum visit as a group: Titian's "Bacchus and Ariadne;" Jan Gossaert's "Adoration of the Kings;" Joseph Wright of Derby's "Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump;" George Stubbs's "Whistlejacket;" and J.M.W. Turner's "The Fighting Temeraire."
The next week, we all looked at Francois Hubert Drouais' "Madame de Pompadour at her Tambour Frame;" Elizabeth's le Brun's "Self-Portrait in a Straw Hat;" J. M. W. Turner's "Rail, Steam, and Speed," "Calais Pier," and "Margate, from the Sea;" John Constable's "The Hay Wain;" Hogarth's "The Graham Children" and "Marriage a la Mode" series; Joseph Wright's "Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Coltman;" Thomas Gainsborough's "Mrs. and Mrs. Andrews" and his portraits of his daughters; and finally Monet's "Bathers at La Grenoilliere."
This sounds like a lot of paintings (and the second week, it was a bit much to absorb), but compared with our whirlwind, full-day museum experiences in Paris, it was great to look at pictures in more depth, with the guidance both of an expert instructor and the students' observations. We looked at many of the paintings above in pairs that helped us see what was distinctive about each as well as giving us a sense of context. N. was really excited after both outings, wanting to draw (as always) and to try some things out with watercolors. He also said it was fun having a different teacher (other than Tim and me!).