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16 -18 September 2020

STAG, Simon's Town, Main Road



This workshop is theory and crit based. It entails both looking at the back-to-basics of art, that is, revisiting the fundamental formal language of art, and methodologies of breaking the ‘rules’. There is emphasis on when and why an idea or concept 'works'. The workshop will assist artists to understand when and why a work is considered as 'good' or successful, even when all the ‘rules’ have been broken.

The workshop includes introductory PowerPoint presentations and how the topic of the workshop finds application in examples of local and international artwork. Concise theoretical and art historical background is provided.

Artists work during the workshop but also bring completed work to be discussed and critiqued. On confirmation of attendance more info will be provided on what to bring with and on the preparation needed.




Day 1

8.30                 Arrival and set up

9 – 11              Powerpoint on the formal language of art and breaking the ‘rules’

11 – 4              Crits on existing work


Day 2

8.30 Arrival and set up

9 - 4 The practical workshop looks at classic conventions in painting such as grisaille, verdaccio, story painting and tempera. A variety of materials will be used working with classical conventions.


Day 3

8.30                 Arrival and set up

9 - 4             The practical workshop is experimental and explorative in nature. We look at various processes of breaking the ‘rules’ in art.


CAP Cape Town Workshop - The formal language of art and Beyond, R1500

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