Female archetypes: past and present

Course Dates: 15/07/19 - 29/07/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Suzanne Caines

The female figure is a complex symbol. Using found images and museum-based visual research, we will make connections between ancient myths, global cultures and modern contexts to make new visual work in mixed media.


What is the course about?

We will explore gesture and body language of the female figure from ancient times, through a variety of cultures to representations of the female form in contemporary media eg fashion and advertising.

We will be making use of a concertina sketchbook throughout the course, sketching at the British Museum and collecting found images from a variety of sources.

This research and mixed media experimental work including drawing, collage and mono-printing will come together to create a series of images that will form a wall-based 'frieze' artwork at the end of the course, inspired by the artists such as Nancy Spero: her dynamic figures and theatrical use of space The final artworks will be photographed as documentation.

What will we cover?

The meaning of female archetypes in historical, contemporary and cultural contexts.

Visual research of examples of female figures in the British Museum collection eg. Goddess representations in various cultures including Ancient Greek, Egyptian, Asian

The objectification of the female figure in contemporary media as part of consumer culture

Drawing techniques to create 'expressive' figures

Experimental mixed media approaches to making original imagery eg collage, mono-printing, photocopying, tracing, carbon copying etc

Using a projector to enlarge, repeat and compose drawings to make a 'drawing installation'

Composition and juxtaposition of found images and hand-rendered images to create meaningful personal narratives.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Make visual research from historical and cultural depictions of the female figure to create a 'concertina' sketch book

Have an understanding of the use of the female archetype in contemporary artistic practice

Work in a sketchbook throughout the course to explore the subject and your own ideas

Make use of composition and juxtaposition to create meaningful personal narratives in your visual work

Make use of collage and mixed media to create a 'frieze' style (wall based) piece of visual work.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Some drawing experience, particularly in life drawing would be an advantage but as we will be making use of found images it more important to have an interest in the subject than to have formal drawing skills.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

We will be making visual research off site at the British Museum, directed by a hand-out and supported by the tutor.

Group discussion and sharing ideas with the the group

Plenty of individual support from the tutor

Practical Demonstrations of approaches and techniques

Looking at and learning from, examples of contemporary artists work, specifically Nancy Spero.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

A 'concertina' style hard backed A5 sketchbook, available from Cass Art (£7.95).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Book your place

Course Code: VH829

Mon, day, 15 Jul - 29 Jul '19

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £121.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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