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Virtual Drawing Marathon: Fragments and Catalysts: Drawing the Sound of a Hand Clapping – with Graham Nickson & Guests

Summer 2022

Course Description

Exceptional, singular moments in great paintings lead to revelations and are markers of incredible journeys. In this Drawing Marathon, we take on the challenge of creating memorable and profound moments within a unified whole. For example, when looking at Piero Della Francesca’s “Resurrection” we find a series of powerful fragments that produce a catalyst for our own work. Painter Graham Nickson articulates: “This singular foot has weight as it pushes down on the tomb’s horizontal, where the tension of abstraction and reality collide…the most superb and wonderfully original aspect, is the soldier on the left side who rubs his eye while pushing his thumb into his cheek. The tension this creates, and the dialogue between disparate forms, reveals a great example of “found” and plastic imagery, rather than illustration. The thumb’s positive form is held by the cheek’s negative space surrounding it.”

In this Marathon, we will search for and use these mysterious fragments to make powerful, whole drawings. Participants will learn the importance of drawing as the basis for understanding one’s experience of the world. Drawing is seen here as the most direct route to the examination of our perceptions. Unorthodox tools and exercises will be introduced to broaden the student’s drawing vocabulary. 

Course Syllabus

Teacher

Graham Nickson

Dean, Atelier Head of Painting

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