Art Appreciation Training

These seminars are geared toward individuals who want to expand their knowledge of art for personal or professional reasons while enjoying drinks and snacks.

Art Appreciation Session Topics

  • Part 1: Where to Begin – Prehistory
  • Part 2: Recorded History – The Ancient World
  • Part 3: Religious Fervour – The Middle Ages
  • Part 4: Rebirth – The Renaissance
  • Part 5: Post Renaissance to Modern Art
  • Part 6: Contemporary Art

Speaker Credentials Cammy Yiu

Cammy provides Art Appreciation Training in a six-part seminar series, which introduces the basics of art history from prehistory to the modern day for those who want to expand their knowledge of art for personal or professional reasons.

Future Events

Part 6: Contemporary Art


1860 – present

The modern age of art includes works produced during the period from the 1860s to current times. Artworks become more abstract and conceptualised. Contemporary artists explore new ways of seeing and replicating nature and question the function of art.

Date: TBA

Past Events

Part 1: Where to Begin – Prehistory


From Stone Tools to Artistic Expression: Tracing the Origins of Art

300,000 BC – 5,000 BC

We explore the emergence of humanity as artists and the origins of art. The earliest phase of artistic production was crude yet fascinating works showing that humans took a significant step from creating objects for simple utility to that of interest, enjoyment and reverence. We trace early humanity’s emergence as artists through implements like stone axes, cave paintings and Venus figurines.

Club Lusitano, 26 April, 2023

Part 2: Recorded History – Ancient World


5,000 BC – 1 AD

Around 5,000 years ago, humanity arrived at writing and record-keeping systems. The earliest writings were pictographs. Great cultures thrived in Egypt, Mesopotamia and on the islands in the Aegean Sea. We explore the impact on the calibre of the art produced by analysing the influence of the cultures and religions of the Greeks, Egyptians and the Roman Empire.

Club Lusitano, 17 May, 2023

Part 3: Religious Fervour – Middle Ages


1 – 1400 AD

Europe, the Middle East and North Africa at this time were dominated by Western world medieval art. During the Middle Ages, communities centred on either the Christian or Islamic religions, so those religions had an outsized impact on the art and architecture of the time. We present and examine the creative achievements in Early Christian, Byzantine, Islamic and Gothic art.

Club Lusitano, 28, June, 2023

Part 4: Rebirth – Renaissance


1400 – 1600 AD

The Renaissance was an era of revolution in literature, philosophy, art, music, politics, science and religion. The visual arts contributed the “Renaissance man”, best exemplified by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, bringing forth developments in the representation of linear and spatial perspective, human form, style and light. During this time, the invention of oil paints on canvas provided both proper conservation and better colour and shading possibilities. We examine all this and how artists thrived during the Renaissance under the concepts of patronage and commissions.

Club Lusitano, 26 July, 2023

Part 5: Post-Renaissance to Modern Art


1500 – 1860 AD

From the late 1500s to the mid-1800s, artistic styles and movements were characterised by significant innovations in mediums and techniques. Individual artists and schools of thought led the way in the monumental shifts in sculpture, painting, and architecture design and production.

Club Lusitano, 24 April 2024