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- Two-Hour BYOB Painting Class for One
- Two-Hour BYOB Painting Class for Two
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Cubism: Flattening Time and Space
When approaching the canvas, itâ€™s often a habit to depict the world as you perceive it. Check out Grouponâ€™s guide to Cubism to explore one unusual way to broaden your perspective.
A Cubist painting might resemble a pile of puzzle pieces at firstâ€”and in some ways, thatâ€™s exactly what it is. A transformative way of rendering three-dimensional reality onto a two-dimensional plane, Cubism combines multiple perspectives of its subject into one simultaneous picture. A cubist interpretation of a coffee can, for instance, might include a view of the circular opening from above, the ridges reflecting light off the sides, the body flattened into a rectangle, and the bottom as another circle. In dissecting objects this way, Cubists did away with the preoccupation of mimicking a certain â€œnaturalâ€ viewpoint, which would have rendered the opening of the can an oval and the bottom invisible. In the same way as a person understands an object over time by altering their relative position to itâ€”turning it in their hands or doing cartwheels around itâ€”Cubists provide more visual information by joining different slices of time and space.
Itâ€™s impossible to talk about Cubism without talking about Picasso, just as with relativity and Einstein or love and Barry White. Less of a household name is the movementâ€™s cocreator, Georges Braque. These two luminaries independently stumbled upon the same painting principles in the first decade of the 20th century, then came together to flesh out and evolve the form. Common motifs ranged from earlier deconstructed still lifes painted with a limited palette to later, more-colorful portraits made with large, swooping shapes.Â
The term Cubism itself seems to have been coined not by either of these painters but by French art critic Louis Vauxcelles, after seeing some of Braqueâ€™s landscapes in 1908â€”full of twisting, abstracted trees and jagged outcroppings of earth. In these new forms, Vauxcelles saw only â€œbizarreries cubiques,â€ or â€œcubic oddities.â€
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Terms & Conditions:
May be repurchased every 180 days. Reservation required. Subject to availability. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Must be 18 years or older to attend Friday and Saturday evening classes. Must be 21+ with valid ID to bring and drink alcohol. Not valid for spring break camps, summer camps, birthday parties, private parties, pallet painting classes, wine glass painting classes, wooden door hangers classes. Valid for two hour classes up to $25; additional fees apply if used toward longer class. Valid only at Bethlehem studio.