On the Shoulders of Giants – Southampton City Art Gallery – John Minton


  • With Kate Measham
  • 2nd November, 10.00-12.00am
  • £15/class, or £75 for five classes from the Southampton City Art Gallery Collections
  • This class will be via Zoom. You will be sent information about Zoom when you book your place for the lesson, and a link on the morning of the class.
  • A video will be available after the class. If you are unable to be with us on the day you may purchase access to the video for £15.


JOHN MINTON (1917-1957) – Rotherhithe from Wapping

Minton studied at the St John’s Wood School of Art and with fellow student Michael Ayrton became interested in Neo-Romantic painters working in France. Minton was a key figure in the English Neo-Romantic movement, which continued a vein of British landscape painting reaching back to Samuel Palmer, but was marked by a much darker atmosphere prompted by the threat of war.

Rotherhithe from Wapping is one of several paintings Minton made just after the war based around the Thames at Southwark. This view of the river in summertime has a stronger, brighter range of colour that contrasts with his sombre wartime ink drawings. Picasso’s influence can be seen in the flattened form of the boat and the patterns of the buildings on the opposite bank.

What to expect in this in this class and Materials

You will be looking at how different palettes change the mood of a picture.

Materials

  • Please print out the photo
  • 5B pencil and cartridge paper and drawing equipment
  • Tracing paper
  • oil, pastels or acrylic (whatever media you are happiest using). Kate will work in pencil for the drawings and tracing, then in oil paints throughout the sketches and final picture.

Southampton City Art Gallery holds one of the finest collections of art in the south of England and holds ‘Designated’ status, awarded by Arts Council England. Currently comprising over 5,000 works and spanning eight centuries, the collection is an outstanding educational resource that can trace the history of European art from the Renaissance to the present.