Artists from antiquity to the present have borrowed intuitively or intentionally from pre-existing traditions and models, whether from their own immediate contexts or from more distant cultural, geographical, or historical ones.
Examples range from the reworking of Greco-Roman motifs during the Renaissance to Picasso’s borrowings from African sculpture and his direct variations on old master paintings, Howard Hodgkin’s inspiration from his own collection of Mughal Indian paintings, or Cecily Brown’s recent New York exhibition of paintings based on Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa.
This studio course for both figurative and abstract painters will help individual participants personally identify and employ useful art historical material for their own paintings in terms of styles, themes, motifs, or techniques, as they develop their own works through a variety of preliminary studies to more finished paintings.
Tuition: $290Notes: It is recommended that students should have some prior painting or drawing experience. Students may paint in any preferred painting medium, e.g. acrylics, watercolour, gouache, oil, or mixed media. (Oil painters: only odourless mineral spirits allowed as a solvent.)
Suggested palette for acrylic, watercolour, or water-based oil paints*
*if oil based oil paint is used, only odourless mineral spirits allowed as a solvent.
A few useful books (most are available through the Toronto Public Library)