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Painting Marathon: The Seated Figure through Time – with Clintel Steed & Guests
This Painting Marathon will track the role of the seated figure through time, beginning with the Egyptians and including contemporary works of art. We will see how the space and the narrative of the seated figure has changed throughout the centuries and explore the ways in which the seated figure moves from a place of power to a place of suffering. Through the archetype and metaphor of the seated figure, we find the timeless power that can take place in this posture. We will look at how this idea of the figure has been used to create space and spatial tension.
In this course, we will work both from the transcription and observation. When we work from the transcriptions in this class, we will break down how the seated figure is a powerful way to build structure in a composition. Each day we will study one specific piece and think about placement and the ideas behind the seated figure. Then we will place the model in a way that mirrors our studies, and paint directly from observation. One of the most powerful things about the Marathon is that you can have this dialogue with history and respond to your own painting right away. Each day we will further deepen our relationship with this essential human form.