Art and Mythology in a Contemporary Context

Mark Smithers

Art and Mythology in a Contemporary Context Phil Edwards Phil Edwards Tuesdays 1:30pm – 4:30pm Open to all students

This workshop investigates the longstanding traditions of mythology in visual art. You will be encouraged to rework ancient mythologies from many possible cultures, employing a painting, drawing and mixed media practice. Throughout all cultures and histories artists have interpreted and reworked ancient mythologies as major themes to explore the human condition. Contemporary artists continue to reinterpret an array of multi-cultural mythologies into new personal iconographies and as strong metaphors for contemporary life.
You will explore ideas of classical mythology, modern mythmaking, cultural ledgends, personal mythologies, hybrid transformations, fictional landscapes and visions.

You will research and explore ideas of narrative, working in series, and the symbolism of mythology to develop a contemporary studio practice.