I recently took a 4-week course at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) about Cubism. My friend Nathalie talked me into taking the class. I'm not a huge fan of Cubism. In fact, that's something of an understatement. I have always actively disliked Cubism. However, Nathalie and I have taken classes with this particular teacher before and she promised me that it would be fun.
And, it was.
Classes were divided into three parts:
- Lecture with slides.
- Visit to the gallery (the best part).
- Studio time.
Being in the museum without the crowds is a simply marvelous experience. You can really examine the art without getting jostled around. And because we were with a teacher we were allowed to get super duper close to the art, which was lovely. Our teacher, Corey D'Augustine, is an art historian and paintings conservator, so he is fantastically knowledgeable and had a lot to share. Plus I had the opportunity to intimately examine a whole swath of legendary paintings.
I'm sharing a whole bunch of photos from the galleries with you. I've tried to include close-ups where I can because, as you know, paintings are so different when you get close to them.
Over the course of the class I worked on some sketches and then an oil painting in a (semi) Cubist style.
Eh, not really my thing. But it was interesting to do.
Here is some of the Cubist-inspired artwork the other students created:
Super cool, right?
All in all, I'm really glad that I took the class. I still don't like Cubism, but I appreciate and understand it now. And that's a win in my opinion.
Are you a fan of Cubism?
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