The acanthus leaf is an artistic motif going back as far as Ancient Greek architecture. Once you learn to recognize it, you will see it everywhere and start to understand how to approach creating your own. In this class, you'll learn to create the Roman period acanthus style and we'll apply it to a stunning stationery suite design with drawing, painting, and wax seals.
Reference links: Wikipedia, Jstor, Tri.Shiba (youtube)
Check out the reference links to explore acanthus plant styles through the ages for inspiration for your drawing or for your stationery design.
Keep an eye out for acanthus inspiration on furniture, rugs, and other common decor pieces. With a motif this widespread you can find inspiration for your own acanthus designs under your very nose!
Want to see our students' homework? Search the hashtag #kcaacanthus on Instagram to see samples from this week's homework. Our students who participate in this challenge get entered into a drawing to win prizes.
Instructor: Malka Klein
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