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Lifelong Learning

Reflective Art in Practice - Still Life

A practical art course which will help develop analytical and creative skills by reflecting on major art movements.

John Hansard Gallery

Exploring the Still Life

The broad and highly personal genre was taken to new heights of experimentation by Picasso and Braque in the early 20th Century. We will look at the way artists have responded to still life subjects with a series of practical exercises involving drawing materials, paint and collage, using chosen objects. 

This module combines lectures, a seminar component (discussions and analysis of artworks) and a workshop element. The latter (one and a half hour per two and a half hour session) will explore various artistic styles and practical techniques in drawing, painting and mixed media. 

Reflective Art
Still life with apples, pears, lemons and grapes 1887

This module will typically comprise the following sections:



Post Impressionism with focus on Cezanne
  • The development of a new language
  • Colour and form
  • Odilon Redon
  • Workshop: Still life drawing in pastel
Cubism with focus on Picasso and Braque
  • Abstract concepts
  • Social/historical contexts
  • Analytical and Synthetic periods
  • Workshop: Collage with torn and cut papers
Expressionist colour
  • Development of colour theory
  • Van Gogh
  • The Fauves
  • Bonnard
  • Workshop: Acrylic paint
The metaphysical still life - Objects and meaning
  • Morandi
  • Edward Wadsworth
  • Workshop: Still life drawing in pastel
Surrealism and The playful object
  • Dali
  • Miro
  • Meret Oppenheim
  • Workshop: Watercolour
Pop Art and the everyday object and post war concepts
  • American art including Andy Warhol
  • British art including Patrick Caulfield
  • Workshop: Mixed media
Contemporary Art including a reconsideration of the object in the 20/21st Century
  • Modernism and St Ives
  • Absorbing influences
  • The influence of Marcel Duchamp on Brit Artists
  • Workshop: Mixed media


Date: Tuesday 19th April - Tuesday 7th June 2016 

Time: 19.00-21.00

Duration: 8 weeks


Fee: £125.00

Booking is completed through the Online Store, please click here to book your place. 

Please note that your course will only run if it receives a sufficient number of bookings . This will be confirmed closer to the start date of the course. If your course is cancelled due to insufficient booking numbers, you will receive a full refund. Please note that the booking/payment confirmation that you receive should not be taken as a guarantee that the course will run. This confirmation will be sent to you separately once it has been established that the course will go ahead.


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