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International: Is classical technique a lost art form? 


Published on Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Are classical techniques outdated to the modern day contemporary artist? With more and more artists employing assistants and collaborators and creating their own style outside the framework of traditional manner, has the classical approach been lost?

Artist Mandy Bouriscot does not seem to think so as for the past few years she has been studying classical technique at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy.

She is taking it back to the basics as she completed a series of courses in instructional drawing with charcoal and pencil and painting with palette of black and white paints and then progressing to a full palette of colour. As a contemporary artist, is Bouriscot among the few who sees value in what has been forgotten?

Classical technique has nothing to do with the classical world of ancient Greece or Rome but instead imparts a style of creativity that dates back to the 19th century and the French Academie des Beaux-Arts, the institution that the Impressionists rebelled against as they helped launch a revolution in art.

Contemporary drawing will be the focus of three-week Vancouver Drawn: Artists and Drawings, culminating on Saturday, July 23rd. The Drawing Party will include examples of live drawing from models, graffiti artists working with spray cans and blind drawing, a style of drawing where the artist draws from life without ever looking at what has been drawn until the work is finished.


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