Elysium Art Lovers Art Appreciation, History and Discussion Programs 2021

Elysium Art Lovers Art Appreciation, History and Discussion Programs 2021

The Programs

Series 1: An Introduction to Art History -  Western Art through the Ages

This engaging and interactive 11 hour program is designed to introduce art lovers to the fundamentals of Western art by guiding participants through some of the main periods on the art time-line from the art of the ancient Egypt and Mesopotemia through to the end of 19th Century. 

Some of the themes that will be covered throughout the program are:

  • The social function of Art making
  • Art and the human brain
  • Art & Civilization-Culture
  • Art & politics
  • Art and ideas
  • Art and identity
  • The role and depiction of human figure in Art

This informative program will run over six 2 -hour sessions every second Sunday of the month starting on Sunday March 7, 2021 and  ending on Sunday May 23 and will be held in a casual, relaxed and friendly environment where participant input and open discussion is greatly encouraged. This is a great opportunity to get to know others who, like you, want to share their passion for art through open discussions and sharing of opinions about art, history and culture.

( A 10 minute break is built in Half way through each presentation)

Light refreshments are served before and after each of the presentations.


Aside from acquiring a general understanding of the development of Art from ancient times through to the beginnings of the 20th Century, participants will have the opportunity to share their opinions and views on Art and Culture with others while they deepen their knowledge and become familiar with a wide range of ideas and iconic artworks and artists throughout history. 


The total cost of this 6 Session program is $350 (gst inclusive) and includes light snacks and refreshments.


The Gallery Space at Gallery Elysium-440-444 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn Vic 3122


The content in this series of programs is suitable for anyone interested in learning about and discussing Art and Art History from Senior Secondary Art Students to adults 18+

The Presenter

Elio Sanciolo B.A Fine Arts R.M.I.T

Grad Dip Edu -Mercy Teachers College( ACU)

Elio is the founder and owner of Gallery Elysium, a Commercial Art Gallery, Artist Workshop and Cultural Centre in Hawthorn Victoria. 

Elio commenced his artistic training at an early age under his father; writer, journalist and painter Nino Sanciolo. In 1985 he consolidated his training by completing a Bachelor’s degree at RMIT specializing in Painting and Printmaking followed by a Graduate Diploma in Education at Mercy Teachers College in 1986 (Currently Australian Catholic University)

Since then, Elio has worked extensively as an artist and secondary arts educator for over 30 years. His passion for the Arts led him to establish Gallery Elysium, a Commercial Art Gallery, Artist Workshop and Cultural centre in Hawthorn Victoria, with a view to supporting local emerging and established Artists and propagating the arts in all their forms into the wider community through contemporary Art exhibitions, cultural presentations, Art tours and Art Workshops. 

Elio's otrher interests include music, martial arts and chess.


Session 1




3:00pm- 5:00pm

Introduction : 

The nature of Art.. What are we talking about? Definitions

Themes/ Artists/Art Focus



Right Brain/Left Brain- The Heart & the Head! “The Master and his Emissary”

Various Artists from prehistory to present

Session 2

Date: 21/3/21

3:00pm- 5:00pm

Beginnings… Why Make Art? The role of art in Society- Egypt, Greece, Rome.

3000 BCE - 476CE

The Transcendent Nature of Art

Art as a means to define Humanity’s place in the Universe. Archaic, Classic, Hellenistic 

Plato and Aristotle

Session 3

Date: 11/4/21

3:00pm- 5:00pm

Art as Social Glue… Spirituality & The Middle Ages 500 BCE- c1300 CE

Art as propaganda   Dante , Cimabue, Rise of the merchant class.

Art as Politics

Art as Spirituality

Haga Sofia

Notra Dame

Session 4

Date: 25/4/21

3:00pm- 5:00pm

Looking Inward and looking Outward-Shifting Views. The Renaissance through to Baroque to  Classicism and Rococo

1420- 1770s CE

Seeing the World differently

Perspective and the rational mind

 Giotto, Masaccio, Leonardo, Michelangelo Raphael… The Reformation Tintoretto, Titian, Bernini, Caravaggio, El Greco, Poussin, Watteau, Boucher

Session 5



3:00pm- 5:00pm

Revolutions and a new reality…..Neo Classicism & Romanticism to Realism 1780-1850s CE

French Revolution

Industrial Revolution

Mozart, Beethoven David, Gericault, Millet, Constable, Daumier, Turner

Session 6

Date: 23/5/21

3:00pm- 5:00pm

New Ways of Seeing- Opening the way to the 20th Century- From Impressionism to Post Impressionism


Photography 1837

The Middle Classes, Asian Art -Japan and China

Salon de Refuse …Monet, Seurat, Van Gogh, Cezanne.

Official Art vs Un Official Art- The Bohemian artist is born

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