Vanitas (Latin for ‘vanity’) is a still life artwork which includes various symbolic objects designed to remind the viewer of their own mortality, and of the worthlessness of worldly goods and pleasures.
The Vanitas Sessions is series of drawing sessions over 3 weeks, centred around the art genre of Vanitas.
Join us as we delve into this dark and interesting time in art history, where paintings executed in the Vanitas style were meant to remind viewers of the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death, as well as providing moral justification for painting something beautiful.
Over the 3 weeks, you will have the opportunity to develop your own practice through observation and recording from our specially curated Vanitas Still Life Arrangement, alongside learning about the symbolism of each object, its place in our history, and its relevance as a motif in todays art / culture world.
The first 2 weeks you will choose a different object to record in as much or a as little detail as you like, in your own style, using your choice of materials (provided by us), and with your own special lighting set up for you to play around with tone and chiaroscuro. The final week serves as the full tableau of drawing available for everyone to draw, followed by a celebratory drink.
Vanitas is ideal for those interested in still life drawing, the dark and macabre, those returning to drawing after a period of time, and those looking to improve their current practice.
Please note that The Vanitas Sessions is not suitable for beginners or those brand new to drawing, as this is not a structured tutored course.
Thursday 16th November
Thursday 23rd November
Thursday 30th November
6.30pm – 8.30pm
Leeds Drawing Club, Unit C3, Flexspace, Burley Road, Leeds LS4 2PU
Includes the following:
All drawing materials
Use of an easel
Curated Still Life Set Up
Atmospheric drawing space
Refreshments and biscuits
Take Home Drawing Kit to continue your practice afterwards