Course Dates: Tuesday 24 July - Friday 27 July 2018
Inspired by Synthetic or Late-period Cubism, there will be three evocative still life assemblages: one based around the musical instruments which are so characteristic of these works, and the other two drawing upon the continental café milieu that provided such a rich seam of imagery for Cubist painting, drawing and mixed media collage.
They will be the focus for multi-angular drawings and the source of colour, pattern and texture, which will enrich the final mixed media project, as well as creating an ambience for what should be a liberating and immersive experience. Students will approach this sustained piece through carefully structured exercises which will eventually be synthesized to provide the basis for their composition.
There will be plenty of scope for a personal response in the final project. The diversity of approach exhibited in the works of Picasso, Braque and Gris will be discussed, as will that of their followers. More or less abstracted, austerely simple or complex, richly decorative or restrained, idiosyncratically colourful or muted - there will be a multiplicity of approach possible for all levels of experience and taste.
Prachi Bhatnagar, Course participant 2017
Although a modest knowledge of drawing and colour mixing could be an advantage, a willingness to engage with the challenging yet often playful aspects of Late Cubism and the experimental possibilities of combining drawing media, paint and collage, is just as important.
By the end of the course - which will include a lecture, discussions, and a museum visit - it is hoped that participants will have understood why Cubism was one of the most transformative forces in Western Art.
Equally, students will have:
All materials and equipment for the course will be supplied: collage materials, gouache paint, brushes, palettes, water containers, charcoal, pencils. Students can bring a sketchbook if they wish.
Charles Chubb, Course Participant 2017
There are no entrance requirements or criteria, but participants must be over the age of 16. Tuition is in English.
Booking is open on the University of Oxford's online store.
There are three payment rates available :
i) Standard Adult : £575.00
ii) Oxford University students, staff and alumni (10% discount) : £515.00
iii) Students (with a current NUS card) and OAPs (5% discount) : £545.00
If you select a discounted booking rate, you will need to present your University alumni/staff card, NUS card, or some form of identification indicating your OAP status at the start of the course.
These courses are non-residential – participants must arrange their own travel and accommodation. To enjoy the full Oxford University experience, we recommend booking accommodation in nearby colleges through University Rooms (guests must be 21 or over, or accompanied by someone over 21).
For information on the Ruskin's cancellation policy in relation to the summer courses, please refer to the short course introductory page
Clova trained at the Ruskin and the Royal Academy Schools in the 1980s, winning a number of major prizes and scholarships. She has shown extensively in London: Sue Rankin Gallery, Cadogan Contemporary, Burlington Fine Art, Darren Baker Gallery and the Mall Galleries (NEAC and RBA Open) and in Oxford, where she has found many collectors. Shows in East Anglia, the Southern counties and Edinburgh have taken her work further afield in the UK; whilst overseas she has found buyers in the US, Hong Kong, France where she sometimes exhibits, and most recently in Sweden.
More information about Clova can be found here