Peter Paul Rubens, The Massacre of the Innocents, c. 1610. Oil on panel, Panel: 142 × 183 × 1.9 cm, Framed: 170.2 × 213.4 × 21.6 cm. The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario. © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario 2014/1581
Art & Ideas: Massacre of the Innocents Today
This workshop will guide participants through the conceptual process as a way to help develop their own artwork. Using Peter Paul Rubens's painting, The Massacre of the Innocents, as a framework, attendees will find a contemporary political issue they would like to deal with, then use an allegory to articulate their sentiments about the story.
Workshop participants will analyze Rubens's work, looking at the historical context for the piece and the forces driving it, as well as the significant influence this painting has had.
Following that, attendees will find contemporary news stories they would like to comment upon. Using Rubens's method of allegorical commentary, participants will use the next few weeks to develop their pieces, including write-ups on what they would like to accomplish, as well as how successful they feel they have been in the articulation of their artwork.
Using media of their own choosing, participants will then execute the vision for their commentary (or a conceptual plan of what that would entail) and have it ready for discussion with the rest of the group. This sharing of viewpoints will give other attendees new concepts to work with when considering future artistic undertakings.
For in-class activity, non-messy, non-toxic media can be used (pencil, pens, watercolour, etc.). Oil, solvents or wet sculpture will not be considered, or allowed only via photograph.
Visual storyboards or film narratives (i.e., digital media, videogames, comics) are allowed, but will require a script to help visualize the concept.