Category: Part 3

Oct 14

Exercise: make a copy of a painting

The final part of this module of the course is to make a copy of a painting. I chose to copy a still life of flowers by Christopher Wood. The original painting can be seen at http://www.kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk/collection/work.php?work=245 Having not lifted a paintbrush since I left school more than 40 years ago (and not being particularly …

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Oct 14

Annotation: Cubist Still Life

My final annotation for this part of the course is by Pablo Picasso, Violin and Grapes. In the past I had always been a bit confused with cubist paintings. Now, having read more about the movement, I am starting to appreciate what people like Braque and Picasso were trying to achieve. It is interesting to …

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Oct 14

Annotate a still life painting by Cezanne or Van Gogh

I chose to annotate a still life by Paul Cezanne for this exercise. Here is a copy of the annotation, with the photos removed for copyright purposes Still Life with Fruit Basket by Paul Cezanne – No Photo I have always liked Cezanne’s paintings, but until starting this course I haven’t really studied them in …

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Oct 14

Research point: Van Gogh’s Letters

This was an interesting exercise. I had heard that Van Gogh was a regular correspondent with his brother, but the sheer volume of correspondence took me by surprise, well over 900 so far as I could see. I found the following site the best repository of the letters http://vangoghletters.org/vg/letters.html Reading through the letters gives a …

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Oct 14

Annotation: a still life image

For this exercise I chose to annotate an image by Willem Kalf. I’m really pleased that I chose to do this for two reasons I had not heard of Kalf before so it was good to learn more about his work. I looked a several of his paintings before I chose this one to annotate. …

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Oct 14

Research point: Iconography of still life paintings

These are a few of the symbols that have been included in still life paintings, they have been taken from Hall, J. (2008) Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art (Revised 2nd edition) Colorado: Westview Press Bird – Symbol of the soul in ancient Egypt, features in this sense in still life Hour glass, Clock …

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Oct 14

Exercise: A symbol for the present

I gave a lot of thought to this exercise, what message did I want to convey? How would I get that message across and who to commission to do it? I wanted to choose as a symbol for the present something that represented the fragility of our planet and the effect we are having on …

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Oct 14

Research Point: Research an aspect of British art from the past 30 years

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA) I have chosen to look in more detail at the SCVA as the art gallery nearest to me but also for the interesting way in which art is displayed there. It is a little over 30 years old now, but more recent extensions to the gallery space bring it …

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Oct 09

Visit a public square

Hay Hill , Norwich. The sculptures in Hay Hill, Norwich had always seemed to me somewhat incongruous. In an open square in the centre of the City’s main shopping area was a very large brain carved from marble, a large block of marble with an eye carved in relief and several sets of granite with …

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Oct 09

Annotate an abstract work

For this exercise I chose to annotate a painting by Mark Rothko. I found this a really difficult exercise. Up to now the paintings I have annotated have been a representation of something and comment can be made on how well this has been undertaken, how realistic it is, the lighting and the choice of …

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