Twelve Week Course: Artistic Transformation | Antiquity to Art Now

£399.00

Develop your practice through understanding how artists from Antiquity to Now have made sense of challenging and illuminating aspects of life such as Revolution, Technology and Crime. This is a course designed to unlock your creative vision and open up your own approach to contemporary art by giving you an understanding of how artists today and from the past have dealt with the world around them and the changes taking place in it.

This course teaches you how to experiment with various materials and how to find your own way of using them. It takes you on a journey of exploration through times and cultures where you will see how ideas are formed and manifested in art. You will discover what you want to make art about and learn how to approach your subject in a way that expresses your own vision.

The 12 weeks:

Contemporary Poetics: between the literary and visual mind

Moving Pictures: dramatic art on film

Crime

Revolution: social art

Psyche: demons, passions and friendship

Space: Where? Here? Now?

Extreme Weather: between natural and manmade disaster

Evolution: art and biology

The Normative Status of the Image and the irony of self-expression

Morality: Enlightenment ethics and the expression of good-will

Conflict: contemporary painting and global news

Technology: beautification of the everyday object

This course takes place over twelve two-hour weekly classes delivered live on Zoom.

‘Last year I took The Artistic Transformation online course run by Jon Long (The Renaissance Workshop). It was brilliant! A truly thought provoking 12 weeks. Each week the topic we studied  made me think not only in an artistic way but in a human way. We looked at the past, present and future. I would highly recommend it is inspirational – I loved, it was Art and Anthropology rolled into one – what more could you ask for!’

Sarah Scott, Artist

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Description

This course is your opportunity to build your independent practice and develop your own artistic approach while learning how to respond and deal with challenging contemporary topics. You will gain knowledge on contemporary art and its relationships to various themes, other disciplines like the sciences and philosophy, and the history of art. The course is called Creative Transformation: Antiquity to Art Now. It is a course which takes you on a journey of creativity and learning across twelve different themes and incorporates the art of various times and places and in all different media. You will learn how to develop your own work around ideas meaningful to you and form your understanding of where your own message can be affirmed in the process.

We will learn about a different subject and how it relates to both historical, modern, and contemporary art each week and you will develop your understanding of where contemporary art derives its impact to empower your own practice.

 

The 12 topics are:

Contemporary Poetics: between the literary and visual mind

Moving Pictures: dramatic art on film

Crime

Revolution: social art

Psyche: demons, passions and friendship

Space: Where? Here? Now?

Extreme Weather: between natural and manmade disaster

Evolution: art and biology

The Normative Status of the Image and the irony of self-expression

Morality: Enlightenment ethics and the expression of good-will

Conflict: contemporary painting and global news

Technology

For your art you will use: 

Drawing – in a contemporary and autonomous approach

Painting – in oils/acrylic, watercolour 

Sculpting – in wax/clay, assemblage, found objects

Photography – for your own reference images and for developing ideas

Collage – as a means to configure images and as independent pieces

Video – to document process and for independent pieces

Words – to write about your work and analyse/critique your ideas

A Sketchbook – to record ideas, take notes, draw in, and as an ally 

 

You will be encouraged and challenged to go further in your independent process and receive individual feedback and support while learning to respond to subjects you are passionate about.

 

Class Structure:

Introductory Lectures

Demonstrations of Process and Materials

Exercises (independent and group based)

Independent Tasks and Challenges

Group Discussions / Crits

 

Each participant will receive specific sub-topics, artists, and ideas to research and respond to. There will be various source material for our work including reference photography, film, surrounding objects, life models, pre-existing artworks and more. You will learn about different approaches to contemporary painting as well as drawing and the other mentioned approaches.

 

We go deeply into a very specific aspect of each topic and raise lots of exciting questions before going into the creative process. The lectures start off each session and last for about 30 mins and then we get into the practical demonstrations and classwork. While we are working ideas and concepts continue to be discussed while the practical work is underway. The overall balance is dynamic and interdisciplinary to fit with the creative approach of the course.

‘Last year I took The Artistic Transformation online course run by Jon Long (The Renaissance Workshop). It was brilliant! A truly thought provoking 12 weeks. Each week the topic we studied  made me think not only in an artistic way but in a human way. We looked at the past, present and future. I would highly recommend it is inspirational – I loved, it was Art and Anthropology rolled into one – what more could you ask for!’

Sarah Scott, Artist

Additional information

Start Date

Friday 25th March 2022 2-4 pm UK / 9-11 am NY