Drawing on Memory
In this workshop we will source ideas from the environment around us. With sketchbook in hand we will draw shapes, make notes and frottages during our walk and search our surroundings for found materials. We will talk about the feel of the work, the energy, the issues and the location.
Back at the workshop we will play with materials (eg) charcoal, pastels, ink, water based paint on paper or canvas, material or board, and try different techniques and ways of layering materials and ideas. This could include mono-printing, tracing and repeating motifs.
The idea is to shift focus and challenge ourselves by making marks, discussing art and life, culture, history and place.
Australian indigenous art has a broad reputation as being innovative; but few artists are as intriguing as Judy Watson. While her work takes its inspiration from the land and traditions of the Waanyi culture, Watson distils her distinctive stained canvases into poetic abstractions that have the power to speak to all.
Margie West comments: ‘Even though the messages in her work are often tough, they are conveyed in an almost subliminal and subtle way, to be discovered in the layering of the surface and the imagery that floats mirage-like on it.’
Describing herself as a ‘cultural traveller,’ Judy Watson has completed projects in India, Italy, France and the United States and exhibited widely over the last 20 years. She co-represented Australia at the 1997 Venice Biennale with Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Yvonne Koolmatrie and won the Moet & Chandon Fellowship in 1995.
Painting Faces in Watercolour
The methods used are not conventional or traditional watercolour techniques.
Working from photos Hood demonstrates how she makes her large scale watercolour paintings and will assist each participant in preparing colours, drawing the image and applying the paint. Students who wish to venture into large scale works will be encouraged to pour watery paint onto their paper. You will proceed on with a second painting during the drying process. Large brushes are preferable to achieve quick, loose flowing marks while smaller brushes are used for detailing the facial features.
Hood gives demonstrations in drawing and painting the eyes, nose, mouth etc to help students understand and achieve the required proportions when painting portraits and transforming a photograph into a recognisable haunting image.
Participants from all levels of experience may expect to produce at least two good paintings in the style of Cherry Hood - ie a large human face- by the end of the second day.
Cherry is represented by Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney, Arc One, Melbourne, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane, Paul Greenaway, Adelaide and Turner Gallery, Perth. Hood attained a Master of Visual Art at the Sydney College of Arts in 2000. Her thesis investigated gender politics in art and cultural mores and taboos. She is represented in major Australian institutional and gallery collections; and has won the Arhcibald Prize in 2002.
Collaborations with Nature
Collaborations with nature are outdoor art explorations. They offer a rarified encounter between your imagination, and the incredible variety of natural environments and materials so often overlooked in our busy lives. Limited to 12 people, these ephemeral sculpture workshops engender intimate yet expansive creative experiences using Nature as a catalyst and touchstone. The experience of making an ephemeral artwork enables a unique interaction with Nature, enhancing connectedness and wonder.
The focus is investigative, process orientated and experiential. The workshop will provide the time, space and inspiration for you to create works using only the materials and elements found on site at the workshop. I will provide a framework of ideas, and a safe and inspiring environment for you to create in a meaningful and positive way bringing with me the knowledge and experience of collecting, processing and re-assembling a myriad of materials. Your 'keepsake' from the experience will be in the form of photographs, writings, recordings and memory.
For more than 20 years Shona has worked creatively with natural found material and fragments which has resulted in a unique engagement with the natural world and environment. Her practice has brought her both wonderment and a deeper consideration of the world we share.
Shona is represented by King Street Gallery on William, Sydney and Mossgreen Gallery Melbourne.