JAG HAPPENINGS: Artology – A Saturday School Thing

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Whilst “normal people” were at home doing whatever it is that normal people do on a Saturday, the first of the group of sleep and heat deprived art-lovers who visit the gallery on Saturdays in search of – shall we call it “Artology” – shuffle into the David Krut Bookstore.

I noticed the growth of the group on this particular Saturday because not only was it the usual group of students who shimmied into the bookstores doorway, but also saw two interns from the David Krut Print Workshop (DKW) Ellen Nthabiseng Hlalele and Julia Cloete, a DKW intern and an Ogilivy intern joining the latest converts. Yep, the list of people willing to give up their Saturdays and the things normal people do is most definitely growing.

The first two hours of the Visual Literacy session saw the concepts of ‘atmosphere’ and ‘anticipation’ being discussed. The focus and aim of the subject matter was intended to concentrate mostly on how through manipulation, use and creation of ‘atmosphere’ and ‘anticipation’ as visual narrative tools that can strengthen an art work. A range of sources ranging from CD covers, comic and magazine covers to the many art books in the store were used.

Thereafter it was upstairs to the educational studio to get stuck into the now infamous Scroll. The Mark-Making Class concentrated both on focusing the students ideas surrounding soccer, Bafana-Bafana, and 2010, as well as on increasing their practical understanding of charcoal – the medium they were all introduced to the previous week in their drawing class. Sketches that were made will later be used to construct the composition.

The final two hours saw the students again grapple with the current theme of ‘narrative’. This past weeks drawing class saw the stereotypical self-portrait art school project being given a make-over of sorts. The class were instructed to do a self portrait, the only prerequisite of which was that they all had to use strips of cotton printmaking paper as their main material. A short conceptualising session was held before the practicalities were attacked. By 4:45pm the last of the artologists had left the confines of the JAG building – and whilst all would agree that spending a Saturday the way normal people do definitely looks appealing when one thinks of braving the morning cold, by the end of the day and having spent the day, the extraordinary way appears to be the best way to spend any Saturday.

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