Van Gogh and Drawing: Hands-On Drawing Workshop with Pamela Morton - Context Travel

Van Gogh and Drawing: Hands-On Drawing Workshop 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.

This seminar is a hands-on drawing class in which you will recreate one of van Gogh’s drawings. The drawing was part of a letter that van Gogh sent to his younger brother Theo in 1888. Van Gogh was then living in Arles and made a short trip to the Mediterranean coast where he painted the sea, boats, and the village of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Our drawing is a sketch van Gogh made after one of the paintings he produced there. It was his way to show his brother what he was working on.

This seminar is intended to provide participants with an opportunity to experiment with some of the approaches and techniques used by van Gogh. No previous art experience is required. Participants will be guided through the process with step-by-step instruction.

You will need the following materials:

  • unlined, white paper (not too small, a little heavier than photocopy paper is recommended
  • a pencil
  • eraser
  • a medium to fine, felt-tipped black pen.

You will also need a support for your drawing, either a tabletop or board.

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. 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.

This conversation is not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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Review of drawing class

Well done. Timing was right. I especially liked the opportunity to show my diagram to the Instruuctor.

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P.V.E.
Disappointing

I only lasted about 35 minutes, half of which was a recap of the history I had heard that morning. The first topic she mentions when she finally gets to drawing is how important scale is. I would imagine that most people taking this workshop were working on printer paper. 8.5” x 11,” which does not scale down to the size of the paper that Van Gogh was using, so from the beginning your drawing will be off. The long pauses while she waits for you to sketch in the roof lines are endless. She doesn’t seem to have a sense of when folks are finished. Understandably this is difficult as she can’t see what people are drawing, but still the time lags go on and on. I had hoped that there would be more emphasis on the way that Van Gogh makes marks and the textures he creates. More spontaneity. Honestly, after 35 minutes, I couldn’t do any more. Sorry to say this because her talk on Van Gogh was good and I think all of the other Context tours I have taken have been great.

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
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L
L.G.
Review of drawing class

Well done. Timing was right. I especially liked the opportunity to show my diagram to the Instruuctor.

P
P.V.E.
Disappointing

I only lasted about 35 minutes, half of which was a recap of the history I had heard that morning. The first topic she mentions when she finally gets to drawing is how important scale is. I would imagine that most people taking this workshop were working on printer paper. 8.5” x 11,” which does not scale down to the size of the paper that Van Gogh was using, so from the beginning your drawing will be off. The long pauses while she waits for you to sketch in the roof lines are endless. She doesn’t seem to have a sense of when folks are finished. Understandably this is difficult as she can’t see what people are drawing, but still the time lags go on and on. I had hoped that there would be more emphasis on the way that Van Gogh makes marks and the textures he creates. More spontaneity. Honestly, after 35 minutes, I couldn’t do any more. Sorry to say this because her talk on Van Gogh was good and I think all of the other Context tours I have taken have been great.