Learn how the ideas of 3 great Modern Masters – Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso transformed art forever. Understand how their radical thinking at the start of the Modernist age still dominates much of how and why we make art today. Explore how their ideas and techniques can be applied to your own art to transform your own creative ideas.
All images are students work completed on the course
The course is delivered with a contemporary twist with further inspiration from contemporary living artists. Students will learn how to make their own inspired, personally self-expressive still life drawings that celebrate the ideas and innovation of these famous artists.
Over the 6 sessions we will learn and explore the following ideas:
Cezanne: Simplifying nature
Cezanne is known as the father of Modernism. He saw beyond surface detail and painted the underlying structure and form of objects, wanting to “treat nature by the cylinder, the sphere, the cone”.
Matisse: Expressive colour
Matisse inspired the world with his bold shapes and ground-breaking use of outrageous colour. For the first time in art, paintings were able to express the artists feelings, rather than simply describe objects.
Picasso threw out all concepts of traditional art and re-imagined how artists could depict an ever changing dynamic modern 3D world on a flat surface. His solutions were revolutionary and still shock people today.
Modernism and Post Modernism
Since the 1970’s, we live and create art within a Post Modernist world. But what does this mean? How do the ideas of these great artists fit into the contemporary ideas of Post Modernism? Are there any Post Modernist ideas we would like to incorporate into our own work?
By the end of the workshop…
Students will leave the course with a greater appreciation of Modern art. Students will have a greater understanding about how Cezanne, Matisse, and Picasso’s ideas changed the world and how and why we make art today the way we do. Having travelled a creative journey together students will have discovered their own creative solutions to adopting some of their ideas and techniques and found ways to transform their own drawing and painting.
“Loved it! I was a bit apprehensive. Cubism isn’t what I’d call my cup of tea, but the references were really interesting and the way the task was set really helped me to let loose. Learnt more about the origins and inspiration for Cubism – very interesting and helped build my own interpretation – realised there’s much more skill and depth to it.” Vanessa S
“Incredibly insightful experience. Quality teaching and encouraging advice. I learned a lot and expressed myself. Thank you.” I learnt about the “background info on the artist and what techniques he used. The movement dates and periods and how to make dominant shapes and let loose. I would recommend the workshop as it gave me an “insightful learning of techniques and understanding of artist and just because its fun.” My course highlight was “it was all a highlight… thank you Brian.” Kiana M