Today our workshop is Simply Still Lives based around the work and techniques of Euan Uglow.
Lets find out a bit about Uglow-
Uglow was born in London and studied at both Camberwell School of Art and then the Slade, where he went on to teach for many years.
Artist and Tutor William Coldstream was a very influential figure in his practice.
His subject matter were namely the human form, and still life.
He used meticulous measuring and mathematic techniques to construct his pieces, working in planes of subtle observed colour.
Often he allowed some of his marks from measuring to show through in the final painting. This was a technique common with the Slade whose principles at the time were rooted in strong drawing skills.
Many compositions based on the “Golden Rectangle” where by the ratio is 1:1.618 or the Greek Letter “phi”.
This ratio exists throughout nature and is thought to be the most pleasing aesthetic arrangement.
The day starts with coffee and pastries and a slideshow about Uglow. Then on to tutor Jemma who does a small talk and demonstration about today’s techniques and what is hoped to be achieved.
A sumptuous lunch is served up by Lynsey of hearty BLTs, salad, crisps and delicious homemade lemon cupcakes. The students gather in the kitchen to devour their meals while discussing their morning painting.