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Exploring the Visual Foundations and Traditions of Art
2-Session Daytime Workshop
Thursday, March 5 and 12, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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An exploration of the scientific and artistic developments that surfaced during the Renaissance can offer valuable insights for contemporary artists and viewers. Through lectures and drawing and composition exercises, learn how the period’s artists used the Golden Ratio, the Rule of Thirds, three-point perspective, and the Fibonacci spiral—as well as how these elements can provide dynamic visual interest to your own compositions, no matter the medium.
Using the techniques and principles that guided Renaissance masters—still in use today—participants produce simple outline analytical drawings to gain a fuller understanding of visual language. They also learn to analyze form and composition in art works by identifying and discussing the elements of classic paintings. The process reveals how artists of the Renaissance as well as other periods blended the rational, the spiritual, and the emotional to produce some of greatest art ever created.
Both beginning and more advanced artists in all mediums can benefit from the workshop, which also offers non-artists a new way of looking at paintings. Experience in drawing is not required.
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Instructor: Chester Kasnowski
World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*
2 sessions, 2 hours each
*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)