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Till Megerle

High/low: figurative drawing today
31.07.2017 – 12.08.2017

  • Supreme, 2016, indian ink and pencil on paper, 28 x 24 cm
    Medium/Media: Drawing
    Location: Festung Hohensalzburg

    Languages: German, English
    What to bring: Your preferred drawing implements and paper. Further materials can be purchased in the Academy shop.
    Requirements: None
    Maximum number of participants: 20
    Co-teacher: Michael Franz
    Participation fee: € 700.– (€ 540.–)


    This course is devoted to figurative drawing. We will observe the human form and explore how the body can be depicted as the scene of social and political configurations. We will examine what forms can be found for doing this today, and why drawing in particular assumes an interesting role here.


    By means of various exercises with models, anatomical studies, drawing from memory, exaggeration and simplification, we will learn a great many possibilities for representation and methods of form-finding, the aim being a free, vivid treatment of the human figure in the pictorial space.


    Along with the practical work, looking at drawings over several centuries - from Pieter Bruegel to Lee Lozano - we will see how artists depict the body as a semantic carrier. It becomes clear how, specifically in drawing, hierarchical evaluations between "high" art and "low" forms of artistic expression have been subverted. Mike Kelley's essay Foul Perfection: Notes on Caricature serves as the starting-point for an alternative narrative of 20th- and 21st-century art, to which artists drawing both figuratively and narratively have made many an inspiring contribution.