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Nuda Veritas: the pleasure of collage

Weekend-long practical course

Short courses

  • 1 December 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 2 December 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm

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Klimt / Schiele

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Sadie Hennessy, 'We Have Lift Off!' (from Anachronopolis 2018), 2018.

Mixed media.

Using the Klimt / Schiele exhibition as a starting point, this two-day mixed media course led by artist Sadie Hennessy will explore themes inspired by the erotic image.

Inspired by an 1899 painting by Gustav Klimt of the same name, this two-day practical course explores erotic themes in art, inspired in principal by the work of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. Both artists explored the erotic nude in groundbreaking ways, as participants will see first-hand in a visit to the Klimt / Schiele exhibition to view their original artworks.

Erotic art refers to any artwork created with the intention of inspiring arousal or lust. Depictions of eroticism are common in the history of art and can be found as far back as Palaeolithic cave paintings, in which depictions of love-making regularly appear. The Ancient Greeks are well-known for painting sexual scenes on their ceramics and are widely credited as being the first to depict homosexuality in pottery, mosaics and paintings. A long tradition of eroticism also exists in Eastern art – from Japanese Shunga woodblock prints to the Karma Sutra.

In modern Western art, the tradition was continued by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas, Toulouse Lautrec and of course Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Erotic art has thrived since the nineteenth century, most notably with the invention of photography, and, although the genre is still not as accepted as others such as portrait and landscape painting, modern artists have had a much wider scope as societal acceptance of the erotic image has grown. The course will include discussions of eroticism in the work of modern and contemporary artists, including Auguste Rodin, Jeff Koons, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Mapplethorpe and Dame Paula Rego RA.

Using a variety of materials including vintage magazines and ephemera, gold leaf, paint and textiles, participants will build up a portfolio of erotic collages and drawings over the course of the weekend. Group discussions about the erotic in art will inform this portfolio as it develops. There will also be the opportunity to view some of the tutor’s original work on this theme.

By the end of the course each student will have a body of finished collages and mixed media works for their portfolios and will have created a customised ‘boudoir’ candle using a simple transfer technique.

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  • 1 December 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 2 December 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm

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

£360. Includes all materials, lunch and a wine reception at the end of the first day.

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