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Jill Trappler, artist

Many artists have worked between the figurative and the abstract, ranging from early images on rock faces, through to cubism, abstract expressionism and the kinds of images made by Maqhubela, Sibidi and Feni. By using these and other references, this course will move from a ‘literal’ or ‘conventional’ approach into a more explorative experience of the female nude.

In the first session participants will work from a female nude or semi-nude model and explore various approaches to figure drawing. These images will be used to ‘abstract from’ the figure and build new images using collage, mixed or other media. In the fourth session participants will again work from the model and complete an image by the end of the course.

A list of materials will be supplied on registration.


Date: 15–19 January   
Time: 9.30 am - 12.30 pm

No admission to single sessions

MAXIMUM: 20 participants
VENUE: Goldfields Education Centre, Kirstenbosch
COURSE FEES  Full: R2 730,00  Staff: R1 245,00  Reduced: R885,00