Creative Modern Painting Course
The painting course is designed in the form of intensive lessons at two separate levels (basic and advanced), and it will be carried out under the expert guidance of the academy-trained painter Silvester Plotajs Sicoe.
Creative Modern Painting Course
You will start out by learning the basics of art theory, which you will later apply in practical work. The instructor will introduce you to the techniques of tone painting, and you will also gain experience in painting on canvas or paper. You will get to know painting in different formats with acrylics and expand this into a complex painting with still life, portrait, and figure themes. You will become familiar with colour mixing, colour contrasts, and harmonic values.
More about the course:
Lesson 1: still life, black and white; interaction between the surface and drawing. You will try to grasp the fullness of the image field, and you will deal with light–dark modulation. You will paint with acrylics, and you may also use charcoal for drawing. The purpose of the lesson is to take control of the artistic field, to perceive the whole, to establish the illusion of volume, and to become acquainted with composition.
Lesson 2: still life, use of colour. You will be introduced to warm–cold modulation and the application of coloured surfaces, as Cézanne did, and thus gain insight into the beginnings of pre-Cubism.
Lesson 3: with an emphasis on studying spaces between objects. You will be introduced to how the space formed by an object is equivalent to the space between objects. You will study the work of Morandi, who dedicated his entire oeuvre to still lifes.
Lesson 4: still life and collage technique, cut-outs from coloured paper. The purpose of the lesson is to raise awareness of flatness and the power of colour. You will draw a free drawing on a surface, as Matisse did.
Lesson 5: getting to know the figure by applying paint to the surface; black and white or colour. You will be looking for a drawing that rises through the layering of the painting. You will perceive the figure in a relaxed manner.
Lesson 6: the figure in space. You will focus on the composition: where to position the figure, and how to capture the specificity of the model and establish an oscillation between the surface and the drawing of the form. An example of this is Giacometti: a little colour and more searching for space.
Lesson 7: the head. A portrait of your choice, a drawing or painting, a collage, anything, just to deal with the shape of the face and build an image through it. Examples of this are Baselitz, Giacometti, and Bacon.
Lesson 8: the face again, perhaps for the first time on canvas and filled with colour and energy. You will become familiar with expressionism and then create your work with everything you have learned.
Lesson 9: free composition from artistic shapes: the triangle, cylinder, square, circle, etc. You will create an artistic composition, a painting organism: black and white or colour; sharp, organic, small, large, dense, transparent, etc.; canvas and paint. The purpose is to create an image from basic artistic shapes.
Lesson 10: a tour of the Ljubljana Museum of Modern Art and its permanent collection. We will explain the painting styles based on examples of pictures in the gallery.
The course will take place at the premises of Atelje Galerija (Gallusovo Nabrežje 29, Ljubljana). Course participants will receive a certificate of completing the course. Atelje Galerija reserves the right to change the dates and programmes of the courses or to cancel them.
The fee for the basic course is €297.00. Payment can also be made with tourism vouchers (BON21).
The fee for the advanced course is €297.00. Payment can also be made with tourism vouchers (BON21).
All participants should bring the following:
- Acrylic paint (basic colors - red, yellow, green, blue,.. white, black, ocher,..)
- Different paint brushes from fine to broad
- Printed fabric (old cloths, colour pattens,..)
- Coloured paper
- Ready made blank canvas max. 100 x 70 cm or. less
Brief presentation of the artist
In his works of art, Sylvester Plotajs Sicoe depicts the chaos of the urban world and the idols of mass culture, which he paints in pure and vivid colours in large formats. Strong, vivid colour compositions on a canvas surface are his most important tool of self-expression, which touches upon relationships and his own interpretation of the world and feelings. The messages he expresses through short quotes can be poetic, sometimes humorous, other times provocative, or it may seem as if he is using the visual language of primitive cultures. The intensity of the author’s feelings is thus transferred to the viewer.