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The power of the flower! Experimentations with botanical collage

Weekend-long practical course

Short courses

  • 4 November 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 5 November 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm

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'Nonsense Botany' by the Garden Gate Collage Club with Sadie Hennessy (2015).

Flowers will be the inspiration for creating colourful and innovative artworks using mixed media, découpage and collage in this practical course led by Sadie Hennessy, Screen Print Fellow at the Royal Academy.

Flowers of every variety have featured prominently in Western art history for hundreds of years, partly for their beauty and decorative value, but also for the rich symbolism attached to them. Byzantine, Gothic and Early Renaissance paintings used floral motifs to represent religious narratives to help spiritually educate the masses. Later, flowers came to symbolise philosophical qualities; for example, the lily representing purity, or the orchid, jealousy.

Flowers have also been a great source of inspiration for artists throughout the centuries, from the still lives of the Dutch Masters to Georgia O’Keeffe’s iconic flower paintings. From New York photographer Robert Mapplethorpe’s sensual black and white flower photography, via the Pre-Raphaelite’s use of the language of flowers, to Monet’s exquisite Water Lilies, floral symbolism has always featured prominently throughout art history, and will feature heavily during this course.

The course will begin with an historical overview of the use of flowers within art, as well as the significance of their symbolism and hidden meanings. Composition, colour and language will also be considered. This overview will provide the inspiration for creating diverse and experimental mixed-media works over the two days, focusing on collage and decoupage. Using vintage horticultural magazines, seed packets, rose catalogues and a plethora of botanical ephemera, participants will create a number of artworks including:

• A collage inspired by Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s famous portraits, which are made entirely out of flowers, fruit and vegetables
• A design for a greeting card
• A souvenir ceramic created using a simple waterslide transfer technique

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  • 4 November 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 5 November 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm

Learning Studio, Burlington House, Royal Academy

£420. Includes all materials, lunch and wine reception at the end of the second day.

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