Study nature, flowers, and foliage through drawing, painting, and other artistic techniques. Led by Macon Reed May 11 - May 24, 2018 [14 days]
Dead Nature, or Natura Morta, is the Italian term for still life and in this course, we will approach the Tuscan landscape with a spirit of curiosity and detailed attention. Natura Morta covers still life through studying, and responding to, natural forms including flowers, foliage, and the larger landscape. Starting with explorations of drawing plants and nature in a variety of mediums both in the studio and outdoors, we will pay careful attention to the physical and aesthetic structures of the natural world. From this in-depth study, students will also have the opportunity to create site-specific installations in sculpture and drawing to exist within the landscape itself in the tradition of artists such as Andy Goldsworthy.
Understanding the structure of plants translated in various media
Advanced exploration of process, collection, and design of plant materials and still life
Advanced compositional understanding
Ability to listen to the natural world and create artworks in direct response to this experience
STUDIO LIFE AND HISTORY
Nature has been studied by artists throughout time. The flower is an archetypal structure throughout its lifespan- from its budding stages, to dried formation. Flora will be investigated on site in Italy, on the landscape surrounding the villa, and other sources. Flowers will be drawn and documented. The language of flowers will be investigated, the cultural meaning of species and how they are interpreted.