Paintings through the centuries document, with a wealth of detail, the importance of food in bringing people together. From the rigid, bare tables of medieval banquets to the abundant tables of the 17th and 18th Century and the excessive consumption of today, attitudes towards food and the table have undergone a long and profound change in Western history. Painting constitutes a particularly sensitive approach to this attitude to food.
For this two-day drawing and painting workshop, students will exploring ideas about how we celebrate food and how artists explore it in their work, inspired by the work of artists such as Rembrandt, Frida Kahlo and Matisse. Working directly from a studio based installation on the first day, students will produce a range of mixed media drawings and colour studies in charcoal, pencil and paint. On the second day, these studies will be used to inform and develop a mixed media painting.