Pat Davitt.

Learn about fine and decorative arts with IPAV course

The new programme of Fine & Decorative Arts courses run by IPAV, the Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers, for the 20/21 season has opened for applications.
Starting in October, the programme of four courses, open to anyone with an interest in the arts, has seen students’ progress to some of the most prestigious auction houses, including Adams and Bonhams, among others.
Some have gone on to build careers in leading art galleries and other professional fields within the fine arts. Others have gone on to further study of have simply acquired the skills to make themselves more discerning buyers of beautiful pieces of art, sculpture, furniture and other ancillary art forms.
IPAV’s Chief Executive, Pat Davitt, says whether buying or selling properties an appreciation of the arts is a knowledge that adds value every time.
“From both the perspective of the auctioneer and the buyer, regardless of whether it’s a building’s structure, history or contents, knowledge of the arts helps define, underpin and access value.”
Announcing details of the new programme IPAV’s Course Director, Roxane Moorhead, says it’s designed to suit those who are available during the day as well as those who may be confined to studying at night.
“Many who start with a short evening course progress to further study, which was the trigger for the development of our Diploma in Fine & Decorative Arts, which has proved extremely popular with a diverse range of people,” she said.  “And our students, through their research studies are proudly contributing to their own and others knowledge of the arts.”

Details of the 2019/20 Programme:
Diploma in Fine & Decorative Arts
An educational compact two day a week course that gives a modern approach introducing different topics enabling the fine art student to have a wider vision of the Arts and Ancillary Arts.  The main subjects include the history of painting, domestic architecture, interior decoration, furniture, silver, sculpture and the history of costume. There will also be lecturers on topics such as interior design – the role antiques play in the decoration of the home, and the history of the garden. Lecturers include James O’Halloran of Adams Auctioneers who discusses the current art market and gives a guideline to buying at auctions. This course will run over three terms coinciding with the academic year. Hours of attendance will be from 10.00am to 3.30pm Mondays and Tuesdays.
French Connections - For so long the leader in painting, architecture, fashion and taste, the traditions and innovations of French visual culture remain inexhaustibly rich. Rather than reintroducing the familiar outlines of this history however, this 10-week lecture series will concentrate on specific highlights of French visual art, with a focus on the 18th and 19th centuries. This course takes place on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Scottish Enlightenment
For a small country, far from the centre of Europe, Scotland – like Ireland – has achieved a powerful and enduring reputation in the arts. This new series will cover a diversity of aspects of Scottish art, architecture and history, from the period of its prominent role in the European enlightenment to its continued cultured distinctiveness today. This is a 16 week course taking place on Monday evenings from 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Modernism - Art and Design of the Early 20th Century (this course is already fully subscribed)
The Modern Movement completely reshaped the basis of art, design and even culture in the early 20th century and remains the starting point for understanding the art of today. This is a new 10-week course taking place on Wednesdays from 10am to 3.30pm. 

Details on all courses are available by emailing or by telephoning 01-678 5685.