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Oil paint into collage: a point of departure

Four-week practical evening course

Short course

  • 7 November 2017, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 14 November 2017, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 21 November 2017, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 28 November 2017, 6.30 — 9.30pm
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Matisse in the Studio

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Figurative painter Andy Pankhurst leads both a techniques and ideas-based course working directly and perceptually from differing life models and poses each week.

“If there were no model, one would have nothing from which to deviate.”
Henri Matisse

The monumental work Large Reclining Nude (The Pink Nude) of 1933 by Matisse, painted directly from life, took him six months to complete. During the period of its making, 22 known photographs record its progress. These were to help inform him as to whether he was getting closer to or further away from his original idea, and to question if the image equated as a pictorial equivalent towards his feelings for the visual sensation before him, encompassing the design and form of the model’s pose. Early photographs show a painting that most would suggest could be called lifelike, then as the picture progressed, a point of departure from literal reality developed as he strove to discover his essence of expression for what he felt. Anatomical, colour and spatial distortions take over, while his model for the picture and assistant Lydia Delectorskaya is quoted as claiming, “my pose did not change”.

The development to this work in oil paint on canvas came about not solely, but largely with the use and experimentation of painted forms and collages of coloured paper temporarily stuck onto the canvas to give Matisse a visual clue as to how to proceed. This method of working and thinking being the precursor to the famous paper cut-outs, his final great period of creativity up to his death in late 1954.

The art of the language of collage to glue can be sourced back to c.200 BC in China when paper was first invented. In more recent times it was hailed as a medium of modernism at the beginning of the twentieth century (c.1912) through the art of the originators of cubism Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso when they combined collage, including found objects, within their painted works. Collage today is still a popular choice of medium for many contemporary artists and painters, either working with it solely on its own, or often combined with paint as used by Jasper Johns Hon RA and Sir Peter Blake.

This exciting and dynamic mixed-media techniques and idea based painting course runs over four consecutive weeks under the guidance of painter and expert tutor Andy Pankhurst, with participants working directly from different life models and poses each week.

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  • 7 November 2017, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 14 November 2017, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 21 November 2017, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 28 November 2017, 6.30 — 9.30pm

The Learning Studio, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

£420. Includes all materials and a drinks reception at the end of the final session.