From the Venus of Hohle Fels to the Seated Woman of Catal Hoyuk, the Snake Goddesses of Minoan Crete or the Venus of Lespugue, the Female Body in the Ancient World was celebrated in all its forms; voluptuous, athletic, fertile, childbearing and sexual. Join The Big Art Herstory Project and The Trove for a one-off SCULPTURE special where we will be learning about the fascinating histories of some of the most iconic figurines ever created, and creating our own ‘icons’ in natural clay.
Working from museum-quality imagery as well as a variety of replica plaster casts of the original palaeolithic artefacts, students will have the incredible opportunity to work from the very forms, shapes and figures of our Paleolithic and Neolithic ancestors, using natural terra-cotta clay and tools. Under the guidance of our Big Art Herstory Project tutor Luisa-Maria MacCormack, also a founding member of the London Drawing Group, you will be guided in creating your own selection of Goddesses from start to finish!
Suitable for everyone, from total beginners to practicing artists or goddess worshippers, the act of creating with natural clay is a phenomenally raw and intrinsically creative experience that is accessible to absolutely all levels! All materials are provided, just bring a Tupperware in which to take your Goddess home, where she will happily reside on your shelf, altar or plant pot ;)
ABOUT THE BIG ART HERSTORY PROJECT
The Big Art Herstory Project is the brainchild of London based Painter and Co-Founder of the London Drawing Group, Luisa Maria MacCormack.
Luisa founded the group in 2018 after two years teaching with the London Drawing Group, her classes within the group are the immensely popular Drawing Tours, often distinctly feminist in nature, that see groups of students plunged into the patriarchal world of the museum and gallery spaces of London, ferreting out the untold stories and overlooked imaginations of the women who lurk in the shadows.
The BAHP (yes, we know its the best Acronym ever, note Venus’s iced accoutrements if you didn’t get the innuendo) was founded in response to a growing concern that only one perspective of the Art-Historical record ever seems to get told, and after two years of research and development, we’re ready to take our range of classes on the road!
Luisa studied Surface Design for Textiles specialising in Embroidery at London College of Fashion, before studying with the Royal Drawing School and founding London Drawing Group. She teaches drawing with LDG, and is regularly invited to lecture all over London and beyond, she has been commissioned for lectures by the Tate, London Illustration Fair and The Gender and Beard Society, Cambridge. Here’s what Luisa has to say about the founding of BAHP, and if you’re interested, you can see more of her work at