Van Gogh and Drawing: Evolution of An Artist with Pamela Morton
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‘Drawing is everything,’ said van Gogh. Although we know his paintings best, van Gogh’s drawing practice was an important and essential part of his creative process. This two-session interactive seminar seeks to shed light on van Gogh’s artistic development through a discussion of his graphic work followed by hands-on instruction on how to produce a ‘van Gogh drawing.’ Participants can sign up for the lecture alone or the lecture and drawing class combined. No prior art experience necessary.
- Van Gogh and Drawing: Evolution of An Artist with Pamela Morton
- Van Gogh and Drawing: Hands-On Drawing Workshop with Pamela Morton
Best known as a painter and admired for his expressive brushwork and vibrant color, van Gogh was also a skilled and original draughtsman. Almost entirely self-taught, van Gogh began his artistic career by teaching himself how to draw. His initial plan was to become an illustrator. Even after he turned to painting, however, drawing remained central to his creative process. More than just preparatory studies, his drawings were often a way for him to continue to explore and rework ideas from the paintings.
This seminar looks at the development of van Gogh’s drawing practice from its first awkward beginnings to its later innovative and bold use of stippling, as background and inspiration for a hands-on drawing project where participants will be instructed in how to produce their own ‘van Gogh drawing.’ Participants can sign up for either the lecture alone or the lecture and drawing session together.
Led by Pamela Morton, an expert on the artists of the South of France, this two-session interactive seminar will include a discussion of the graphic work of van Gogh followed by a ‘van Gogh' art class in a second session. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a new appreciation of the work of van Gogh.
Originally from the US, Pamela has lived in France (Aix-en-Provence and Marseille) for 25 years. Pamela teaches studio art and art history for American university programs in Aix. She trained in art restoration in Italy and has a background in museum work as a curatorial assistant and program director. She is also an artist working in mixed media -- drawing and painting. She attended Bennington College and California College of the Arts. She's worked as the on-site director for a study abroad program and for educational programs including the Smithsonian, Alumni International and Cultural Experiences Abroad. She's taught for Northwestern University, Oberlin College, and the Marchutz School of Art (Aix). As an art historian, Pamela is endlessly fascinated by the local culture, the archaeology, history, and architecture of the region as well as its monuments and museums. As a painter, she is intrigued by the light and colors of this southern realm, the Midi, where so many artists lived and worked. Her two favorite artists from Provence are Cézanne and van Gogh.
Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.
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