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Virtual study event: Paradise, Garden.

Keeping up Momentum 28 Nov and 12 Dec 2020

“The garden of earthly delights”, Hieronymus Bosch’s spellbinding triptych made circa 1490 – 1510 has provoked debate, influenced popular culture and attracted millions of viewers from far and wide across many centuries. 

The next ‘Keeping up momentum’ session, with OCA tutor Hayley Lock, will centre its focus on this work, from the motif of the garden to human and animal relations, from depicting otherworldly fantastical architecture to decaying demonic scenes.

You will be asked to bring with you appropriated ephemera and quotidian materials such as magazines, images from the media or from the internet that reflect Bosch’s painting from a personal perspective. You may wish to bring some flora and fauna, mushroom, roots, spores, moss, real or otherwise to the first session along with a magnifying glass.  Other things to bring will be drawing and painting mediums and papers to suit, that will allow you to work quickly in the first instance, such as watercolours, coloured pencils, coloured pens and you will need a camera. You will be working in both a large and miniscule format across these two sessions so consider all of your material possibilities. 

Across both sessions, we will look further at the relationship between the real, the photographic, the digital and the physical. You will be sharing work on a group Padlet as well as working together from time to time. 

There is a playful edge to these sessions to reflect the considerations of Bosch as well as the theme of the fantastical garden.

Paradise haunts gardens, and some gardens are paradises. Mine is one of them’ . Derek Jarman.

The first part of this workshop will be on Saturday November 28 from 10am – 12.30pm and the follow-up session will take place on December 12 (10am -12.30pm). This series of Keeping up Momentum workshops is a student initiative that is generously supported by Student Association funding so there will be no charge to attend. It is open to OCA students across all disciplines and at any level. To sign up please email Helen Rosemier helen416376@oca.ac.uk using your OCA email address to receive a calendar invite with the Zoom log-in details. 

Everyone is warmly welcome. 

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Posted by author: Helen Rosemier
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2 thoughts on “Virtual study event: Paradise, Garden.

  • This triptych is the subject of a research task in Exploring Media so any painters doing that course or about to do it should defo attend this if you can!

  • Many thanks to both Helen and Hayley for an inspiring two days of study with more than 40 students working together. The study days included working/collaborating in groups as well as individually. Personally, I was impressed by Hayley’s well researched presentation and the simple but effective methods to produce work – which stimulated more research/thought processes to keep the work moving forward.

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