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June 18 - June 24

Kenyon Summer Seminar

The Still Life as Personal Metaphor

Instructor: Martin Garhart, Professor Emeritus of Art, Kenyon College


For as long as the still life has been the subject of secular painting it has served as a reference for the time, culture and individuals of its creation. In this workshop, you will draw from individual still life setups based on a collection of objects chosen as symbolic references of yourself and your time and place. With his new book Learning to Draw, Drawing to Learn as a guide, Martin Garhart will lead artists of all levels through discussions on the way content and meaning are developed through the interaction of the components of drawing’s visual language, from choosing subject matter and developing a marking system to composition, media and format. You will begin each day in the classroom discussing the day’s objectives and reviewing the preceding day’s drawings, followed by both in-class and out-of-class drawing assignments that will sharpen your skills—and may just reveal something new about yourself.

Download the syllabus for this course.