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In addition to a very strong visual content the Craxton-Picasso exhibition has an intriguing literary element too - involving Paddy Leigh Fermor and Horizon magazine
Begins with a tour of the Craxton-Picasso exhibition and brief talk by curator James Glennie, after questions and coffee Patricia will lead some short exercises and discussion to get the creative juices flowing. After lunch there will the opportunity to write and craft stories, applying the ideas and techniques discussed during the morning session, along with more discussion and sharing of stories.
A previous students writes...
I thought it was very well designed, and richly layered course. The structure was really helpful, and the teaching style was warm, supportive and very informative. There was a nice balance between encouragement and challenge, and we were all accommodated. Every session was lively, stimulating and very enjoyable, inspiring us to go off and try things on our own.
John Craxton (1922-2009) the subject of this year’s festival exhibition Craxton-Picasso, was championed from the age of 19 as one of the great hopes of modern painting in Britain.
He and Lucian Freud worked in adjoining London studios for much of the war, when Craxton was mentored by Graham Sutherland and John Piper.
Craxton escaped in 1946 to Greece, where he found creative inspiration for the rest of his life. The dark, melancholic images of the war years – with haunted solitary figures emblematic portraits of the artist himself – vanished as he became absorbed in the light, life and landscapes of the Aegean.
A consummate portraitist of cats, goats and people – a lover of food, wine and music in good company – John Craxton painted pleasure and lived it.