Considering the fundamental elements which make up a still life - composition, perspective, light, space, atmosphere, colour, scale and tone - students on this course will be guided to create their own set ups which explore narrative and the symbolic meaning of objects.
Students will be invited to bring an object along which will be incorporated in to their set up, enabling them to explore personal narrative in their observations. Contemporary and historical approaches to still life will be explored, looking to artists including Samuel van Hoogstraten, Rachel Ruysch and Judy Chicago, and covering topics such as ‘Vanitas’ and ‘Memento Mori’. Students will build a deeper understanding of the genre and their place within it as artists, creating a series of dynamic and meaningful still life drawings, prints and paintings. The course aims to give students a ‘tool kit’ to continue creating meaningful and exciting still lives independently, with a greater awareness of what contemporary still life painting can achieve.