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2014 Workshops

Introduction Workshop

Specialisation Workshops
These workshops that will see you play in media you never dreamed of combining. Develop more skills to enhance your toolkit.

Depth and Detail
Drawing techniques have been developed over centuries with many interpretations of how and what can constitute what is needed for a successful drawing.  More

Mixed Media
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Layering, collaging, reinventing. These will be ways to ignite your approach to combining images and fragments to create a surface on which to embed further. Monoprinting, collage , stamping with natural and man- made objects, painting and drawing and exploring a number of mediums, will visually engage you to manipulate the surface to produce unique tactile effects and imagery.

Inspiration Workshops
Learn to trust your creative process and work alongside practicing artists.                          
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Introduction to Art
2nd August 2014

Introduction to Art Workshops will be held in a relaxed atmosphere in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and you will be inspired by your surrounds to work in a creative space. Take a fresh look at familiar natural subjects , notice their wonderful designs and use them in your work to express what you see. This one day workshop will make you want to take the next step into your creative journey and specialise
in a media suited just for you.
Professional Development

Printmaking 26th July

Printmaking has been the interest of artists for many centuries. It can be unlike any marks painted or drawn. The spontaneity of monoprinting can be just one way to create an element of freedom and surprise unlike any other media.
In this workshop you will be exploring and experimenting with water based inks to develop a connection to a variety of printing techniques using symbols, shapes and textures More 


July / August Newsletter

 Quotes that resonate.....
"A traveller without observation is a bird without wings" Mosilih Eddin Saadi

Traveloguing... The basics for the travel logger is a sketchbook, black waterproof ink pen, and watercolours. The next time you go on a trip, make the time to slow down. If you don't have the space to paint, set up a table and just get a few drawings done. Continue your drawings until you are happy with the shapes you have on your page. Then get out your watercolours. Don't forget to leave some white areas for the real impact of your watercolour. Add some shadows with your cooler colours ( blues and purples) and voila! Things will come to life. Try it! You will be impressed...and enjoy the place, space or venue you are in as you will now have a memory of it to keep forever . Jot down date, time and a special thought that will bring up the smell, feel , time of day, and /or memories of the people you were with.
Websites of Interest
This is video link shows the studio drawing of Meijer, a Danish artist with a flair for pencil and charcoal portraits. Just stunning. A portrait of Lotte! Take note of his use of smudge sticks and erasers....very effective.

Tricks of the Trade
Printmaking - Simple card making
Rescue Tape

Grab some of this magic tape and you have the power to adhere it to anything. Mono print on to some strips of muslin then use the tape to stick the strips together  as binding material for pages. This a a great use for random, loose sheets of old printed watercolour paper. I'm always looking for gift tags or small cards to send to friends and family that will have a special connection with my stamp on it.... (literally)

 Learn more in Specialisation - Printmaking 26th July workshop 

Printed Collage

Some of the beginning stages for creating an artwork can be the image gathering of source material. A drawing can be part of a background, as could a pattern or texture you have re-created in ink or as a rubbing. They are not to be discarded but cherished as stepping stones to carry through to something that could inspire.
Register your interest in Specialisation - Mixed Media 

Drawing in Depth
This is a technique that I have seen work every time and never disappoints but just encourages workshoppers to go further.....all you will need is some graphite, sandpaper attached to a board , an eraser and a Stanley knife or sharp blade to cut the eraser into small segments. Begin sanding the graphite until you get an amount of fine dust and then using just your finger , smudge ,wipe and rub to your hearts content on a piece of cartridge. Obviously you will need some fruit or still life objects to observe . Shape in your objects then using an eraser cut to a fine point , start removing wherever you feel the light is hitting the surface of your object . Remember you can always get darker and you will always have the eraser to remove the areas that you feel are not working. It's subtle , sensitive and is a beautiful way to connect to still life if you don't mind the mess!

If you would like to find out more come along on the 9th August Specialisation - Drawing / Depth and Detail