Prof. Yeewan Koon, current chair of the Department of Art History, HKU and an expert on Qing art, took us on a special guided-tour at Hong Kong Palace Museum, focusing on a selection of Ming & Qing paintings that are on display in two different exhibitions, “Stories Untold: Figure Paintings of the Ming Dynasty from the Palace Museum” (G4) and “Yuan Ming Yuan: Art and Culture of an Imperial Garden-Palace” (G8). While participants enjoyed a wide array of exhibits as they strolled through the two thematic shows, the tour weaved these materials in a unique way and offered us a different story that had never been told. Date: 26 April 2024 (Friday) Time: 6pm-7:30pm Venue: Hong Kong Palace Museum (meeting at South Atrium outside Gallery 4) Medium: English Registration: required Free for members & current HKU art history students, $100 for non-members All participants were to be responsible for their own entrance to the museum, with a ticket that covered the special exhibition in Gallery 8.     

  Short Course on Art History 2024: An Introduction to the Arts of Japan Over a five-week period, the course introduced students to key periods, themes and important works in Japanese art. It is designed for anyone interested in art, with the goal to move beyond aesthetic appreciation to study art with an art historical approach. Overview The Birth of Japan: Kofun to Asuka period (250 – 710) [Hōryū Temple] Courtly Elegance: Nara & Heian periods (710 – 1185) [Shosoin Treasures, The Tale of Genji scroll] Zen & Samurais: Kamakura to Azuchi-Momoyama period (1185 – 1603) [Paintings by Sesshu, Rinpa, and Kano Eitoku] The Floating World: Edo period [Ukiyoe by Hokusai, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, and Ito Jakuchu] Review & discussion on important sites of Japanese art Dates: February 27, March 5, 12, 19, 26 (Tuesday) Time: 8-10pm Format: 4 online classes & 1 in-person class, all conducted in Cantonese Lecturer: Dr. Konstance Li (BA, MPhil, PhD University of Hong Kong; MSt University of Oxford) Fee: $1200 (members), $1500 (non-members)  

Cheung Chau has been one of the most popular day-trip destinations in Hong Kong, but it has also been a dear home to many, including Hong Kong Calligrapher Jat See-yeu and our honoured guest speaker Dr. Ruby Leung. Following our visit to the exhibition “Boundless Universe: Calligraphy by Jat See-yeu” at Hong Kong Museum of Art, HKUFAAA offered an exciting opportunity to look at Jat’s calligraphy in Cheung Chau. In the 2.5hr walking-tour, Dr. Leung brought the group to many hidden calligraphy gems on the island, and shared with us her research findings on Jat’s local contributions. Date: 23 March 2024 (Saturday) Time: 10:30am – 1pm Venue: Cheung Chau (meet at Cheung Chau Ferry Pier) Guest speaker: Dr. Ruby Leung Medium: Cantonese Registration: $150 (member); $200 (non-member), members with priority, otherwise first come first served

Date: 14 March 2024 (Thursday) Time: 3pm -4:30pm Venue: Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui Medium: Cantonese On a day when the museum was closed to the public, we visited the exhibition "Boundless Universe: Calligraphy by Jat See-yeu" with HKMoA curators, learning how Jat's calligraphy demonstrates his passion for preserving tradition, his open-minded approach to life, and his innovative pursuits in the face of changing times.

On view in the Hong Kong Palace Museum are 52 timeless masterpieces from the National Gallery, London. It was an incredible experience to see paintings by Europe’s most well-regarded artists, including Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Goya, Turner, Constable, Monet and Van Gogh. Even better was to visit the exhibition with our HKU art history Professor Greg Thomas, a specialist in 19th century French art, to learn about the histories and the meanings behind these paintings. Date: 2 February 2024 (Friday) Time: 6:30pm-8pm Venue: Gallery 9, Hong Kong Palace Museum Medium: English Registration: required, first come, first served, members with priority The guided tour was free but all participants were responsible for their own ticket to the special exhibition.

Date: 14 January 2024 (Sunday) Time: 2pm-6pm Venue: Room 01, 9/F, World Interests Building, 8 Tsun Yip Ln , Kwun Tong, Hong Kong The 4 hours workshop includes: * Learning basic thangka history * Experiencing traditional thangka painting * Using traditional hand-made thangka canvas * Using hand-grinded natural mineral pigments * Letting go of the daily worries and enjoying the moment Registration: required, first come, first served Fees: $750 member, $800 non-member Artist: Fok Wai Chung, Chantal Medium: Cantonese    

On a day when the museum was closed to the public, we had an exclusive opportunity to look at masterpieces from the world-renowned Uffizi collection with alumni-curators. Date: 11 January 2024 (Thursday)  Time: 3pm -4:30pm Venue: Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui Medium: English Registration required, free Quota: 30 (full)

This workshop on Van Gogh's painting technique is inspired by the current exhibition at Hong Kong Palace Museum, "Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London" in which his other work Long Grass with Butterflies (1890) is featured. Date: 2 December 2023 (Saturday) Time: 9:30am-12noon Venue: Wah Luen Industrial Centre, Fo Tan Artist: Winnie Davies Medium: English/Cantonese Registration: required, first come, first served Fees (tools & materials included): $500 member, $600 non-member