Masterclass with Elizabeth Cope, Artform
July 15 - July 17| €390
Date: 15th – 17th July 2024
Artist: Elizabeth Cope
Medium: Oils and drawing materials
Participants: Maximum 10
Course level: Some previous experience would be preferable
Irish artist Elizabeth Cope was born in 1952 in Co. Kildare, she currently lives and works in Co. Kilkenny. She has exhibited in galleries and museums all over the world for the past 40 years and is found in many important public and private collections.
Elizabeth takes the same representational approach when painting her wide range of subject matter; whether friends, family, animals, landscapes, or pieces of farm machinery. Some are straightforward depictions, but in the majority of her work these subjects and elements combine in a rich, often surrealistic fashion. Various motifs crop up repeatedly in her work; self-portraits, her husband and children, a dancing lobster, a plastic crab, sweeping brushes, tape measures, frank depictions of the body at various stages of life. These are mixed with surrealist elements and vivid colour schemes. ‘In painting the struggle is what counts. There is no resolution; it is an ongoing act. It’s dispassionate and passionate, emotional yet detached.’
About the Course
‘I am interested in people looking at nature, working from life. I like to draw and sketch when I am on the train, or in a park, when people are moving and talking – this is the life force – or when people sit for me. I paint and draw all subjects from life. To me, the subject is the object. I do not discriminate between subjects, whether it is a person, place or thing. For example if I paint a chair, or a portrait of someone or a landscape, it is all the same, as the subject is the paint itself. The object is an excuse for putting down the paint.
In the course of the three days, we will be drawing/painting from a live model both in the interior of the studio and outdoors and we will tackle a self-portrait and a seascape: all from life, without the use of photography. We will work on a medium to large-scale support, practicing the eye and hand co-ordination. We will be learning to see, to feel each line and mark, to draw not what we “think” we see but what we actually see! This has taken me 52 years to figure out, and am only beginning now…!
During the course, I will work with each artist individually, trying to help them bring out their unique qualities, make them comfortable and eager to work.
With the ‘support of technology’, during the course we will ‘visit’ a number of world museums and galleries, look and and learn from artists such as Rembrandt, Velasquez, Hogarth, Monet, Van Gogh, Giacometti, Soutine, Munch, Klimt, Schiele, Basquiat and others.’
* The course takes place in Artform modern light-filled seaside studio with 24hr access for each visiting artist, and runs from 11am to 5pm on the first day and from 10am to 4pm on the subsequent days. Cost does not include accommodation, on request Artform offers artist accommodation options. Details on art materials will be provided after signing up to the course.