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Summer School 2021

Surrealism and symbols: procuring narrative and hidden psychology in making art

SURREALISM AND SYMBOLS: PROCURING NARRATIVE AND HIDDEN PSYCHOLOGY IN MAKING ART

Paul Birchall, artist 

In this five-session course Paul Birchall explores the idea of creating narrative through accidental, random juxtapositions of imagery and symbolic items. Using symbolism, the surrealist movement and Dada as a historical background, the course will provide guidance, inspiration and practical approaches to investigating how collating random imagery can often bring out the hidden psychology in one’s own world and sometimes be a comment on underlying issues in society.

Participants will develop drawings based on found imagery, which will be developed into a painting based on that drawing. Participants will be presented with background information and encouraged to step out of the box and explore the unconscious mind.

This course consists of video instruction. Participants may view the videos and create their artworks at a time of day convenient to them. Feedback will be given weekly via the Microsoft Teams platform. 

 

 

Date: 18–22 January  
COURSE FEES: Full R3 080; Staff & Students R2 053