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Vanitas: Spooky Still-Lifes

  • flower + furbish 102 South 31st Street Paducah, KY, 42001 United States (map)

Thursday, October 24, 2019

6:30 pm to 8 pm

Flower + Furbish

Price: $50; Includes all materials; Reservations required; Beer and cider available for purchase.

Create a Halloween-worthy scene inspired by art history! In this workshop, you will learn about a creepy genre of flower painting and make your own floral arrangement. Afterward, photographer Carrie Cunningham will take a photo of your flowers with props to share on social media.

Snacks provided, beer and cider available for purchase.

The Artistic Inspiration: Vanitas Still-Life 

During the 1600s, the Dutch were obsessed with flowers, proud of their wealth, and worried about their immortal souls. Vanitas paintings incorporated symbols of death and sin with luxurious flowers and treasures which suited their tastes perfectly.  

In this workshop, you will:

-Learn about the history and symbolism of Vanitas paintings with art historian Megan Robertson

-Create a Dutch inspired flower arrangement to take home with florist Sara Falder

-Photograph your floral arrangement with creepy Vanitas-inspired props with Carrie Cunningham.

Photo Credit: Petegorsky/Gipe

Image: Hendrick Andriessen, Still-life composition with human skull, globe, books, crown, miter, bubbles, mussel shell with bubble pipe, holly crown on skull, watch on table, candlestick (with reflection of artist's portrait), about 1650. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.



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