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Painting modern life

Weekend-long practical course

Short course

● Cancelled

  • 25 April 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 26 April 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm
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Gauguin and the Impressionists

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Le Moulin de la Galette, Sketch, 1875-76.

Oil on canvas. 65 x 85 cm. © Ordrupgaard, Copenhagen. Photo: Anders Sune Berg.

This two-day oil painting course inspired by the impressionists will explore the relationship between our everyday lives and surroundings.

“Modernity is the transitory, the fugitive, the contingent, which make up one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immutable”. Charles Baudelaire

This course will explore how artists have portrayed such concepts while working with props and models to create scenes of intimate, and sometimes dramatic domesticity. Creating scenes using theatrical props and staging to paint from has long been a practice for artists, from Thomas Gainsborough RA, to Dame Paula Rego RA.

Working under the guidance of painter and expert tutor, Andy Pankhurst, during this exciting two-day course, participants will paint with oils from a choice of professional models, poses and setups to create their artworks. Participants will explore colour, light, form and composition to emulate works inspired by Gauguin and the Impressionists, Masterpieces from the Ordrupgaard Collection.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 25 April 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 26 April 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Clore Learning Centre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£520. Includes all materials, light refreshments and a wine reception at the end of day one.