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Painting/Drawing Marathon: The Labyrinth: A Journey through Time, Pigment, Image and Presence – with Graham Nickson & Guests

November 2020

Course Description

A labyrinth is a mythic structure, a complex network of passageways through which it may be challenging to find one’s way, and in which seemingly disparate paths may unite. This one-week intensive Painting/Drawing Marathon will be structured as a labyrinthine journey which weaves time, pigment, and image, into the pictorial acts of making, connecting and discovery. We will explore the mystical properties of scale, tiny alongside the generous capacity of vastness, both literal and virtual. We will also explore the potency of the image and the deep implications of uniquely replicating a specific human being, morphing their essence into paint on a surface, and the ways in which this significant act implies time. We will explore the magic and meaning inherent in certain pigments, both in isolation and in tandem with imagery. Utilizing great artworks of the very distant past and the immediate present, students will be guided to analyze and generate new, exciting work.

The difference between “image maker” and “image seeker” in our times is a critical issue. Ultimately, we will enter and find our way through the labyrinth as the ultimate metaphor for the artist’s world.

Course Syllabus

Teacher

Graham Nickson

Dean, Atelier Head of Painting

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