Still Life should NEVER be boring
One of the principal genres (subject types) of Western art – essentially, the subject matter of a still life painting or sculpture is anything that does not move or is dead. Tate website
The Still Life is a place to play with ideas, experiment with materials, try new compositions, most importantly, to take your work forward. Still life gives the artist more freedom in the arrangement of elements within a composition than do paintings of any other types of subjects.
There are a few classes left this term to try new things, play with old ones and to put your own stamp on the genre.
Each class is £45/ea, or £120 for 3. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Cezanne does Still Life
15th November, 9.30am – 12.45pm
Cezanne found in Still Life a vehicle for his revolutionary explorations in geometric spatial organization. For Cézanne, still life was a primary means of taking painting away from an illustrative or mimetic function to one demonstrating the elements of color, form, and line – a major step towards Abstract art.
You will look at Cezanne’s Still Life, with a fresh version in the studio, learn from his approach and bend it to your will.
Colour as it Isn’t
22nd November, 9.30am – 12.45pm
Today is all about colour; why stick with a dull copy of the objects in front of you when you can do so much more? You will be playing with the idea of restricted palettes and full on, full blast, sock-it-to-the-Fauves bright and wild palette. See what suits you.
Throw Everything at It
29th November, 9.30am – 12.45pm
Rather a clumsy title but gives some indication of the mixed media, multi media approach of contemporary practise. During the 20th and 21st century, the notion of the still life has been extended beyond the traditional two dimensional art forms of painting into video art and three dimensional art forms such as sculpture, performance and installation. Some mixed media still-life works employ found objects, photography, video, and sound, and even spill out from ceiling to floor and fill an entire room in a gallery.
You will be restricted by the size of the studio otherwise let your imagination run wild – something akin to Blue Peter on a sugar rush (?).