Printing - the Methods of Etching
This course offers an intensive introduction to the methods and materials involved in the traditional techniques of copper plate etching, including hard ground intaglio, drypoint, and chine collé. You will learn how to prepare plates, explore drawing and etching techniques and discover how to ink and wipe your plates to print a small edition. Participants will be encouraged and guided in translating their ideas directly on to the plate. The course is suitable for students of all levels.
King is nationally renowned for his unique interpretation of the Australian landscape and his work is represented in public collections including the British Museum, London, National Gallery of Australia, state and regional galleries throughout Australia.
Martin has received numerous awards including First Prize 2014 Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards, Gladstone Regional Gallery and winner of the Innaugural Gippsland Print Award 2015.
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Camel Trek - Flinders Ranges
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Camel Trek II - Flinders Ranges
The trip is planned in conjunction with Camel treks Australia who are based in Hawker SA. They are South Australia's most experienced camel riding Company and the only Tourism Awarded Camel Riding Trek Company in the Flinders Ranges.They have created a finely tuned 4 day trek for us beginning in Wonoka.
Our private transport will collect us in Adelaide and transport us to Wonoka where we will begin trekking just after midday. In authentic style we will pack the camels with supplies and traverse spectacular Central Flinders landscapes. We will sleep under the star, enjoy camp oven meals over the fire and explore our inner artist with Idris Murphy.
Idris is an award winning Australian artist - a painter, a writer, lecturer and teacher. Although widely travelled, he has maintained his connection to country and spends time exploring remote desert regions of Australia and particularly the Fowlers Gap region near Broken Hill.
You will not have all the comforts of home but you will let the outback into your life in an emotional and spiritual way as you respond to this ancient landscape. By getting a little dirt on your shoes, relying on your senses and instincts each day will reveal magnificent scenery, pink rocks, wide river beds, secret gorges and gigantic trees. Under the expert guidance of Idris you will creat your own visual diary.
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Fieldtrip to Fowlers Gap III
This outback adventure is designed around one of Australia's great train journeys aboard the mighty Indian Pacific. Daily flights are also available, but experiencing the relaxing pace of a great train journey to get to Broken Hill, is half the fun. Accommodation is required for Sunday night in Broken Hill and we meet following breakfast on Monday morning to be transported to Fowlers Gap.
Our bus will transport us through the amber hues and vibrant reds of living desert country to Fowlers Gap - home of the UNSW Research Station 112kms north of Broken Hill, where so many important Australian artists have gone before. Artist Profile Magazine featured a group of 13 prominent Australian artists from a mixture of backgrounds, ages and art practices in 2011. The artists were part of an arts laboratory and spent 14 days interpreting the arid landscape. Their adventure was named "Not The Way Home" and their work from the field was uploaded daily to a blog, allowing viewers to follow their journey. Idris Murphy and Ross Laurie were part of this group.
Idris and Ross are two of Australia's leading landscape painters and teachers who have been returning to Fowlers Gap for many years to draw inspiration for their paintings. Our 2 artists work together and have developed a program that exposes students to a variety of ideas and approaches. Participants will experience the guidance and generosity of both artists for the duration of our stay and will have the added benefit of group discussion with Idris and Ross each evening on paint, painting, painters and the history of painting.
This unusual location takes time to adjust to the big skies, huge rocky hills and scrubby groundcover. The shapes of the trees, the breaking down of patterns in the dense foliage, while looking for simplicity. "If you sit yourself in the landscape, things will reveal themselves slowly" says Elisabeth Cummings who was part of the celebrated 2011 Artist Profile group.
Fowlers Gap research station provides rustic but comfortable shared accommodation in the arid zone of NSW. We have engaged a professional caterer to take care of our meals.
A wide range of research on birds, kangaroos, reptiles and other flora and fauna has been carried out on the property including soil conservation, solar energy and astronomy. It is an important site for teaching, with regular field excursions by students from both UNSW Science Department and the College of Fine Arts. The remoteness of the Station with its impressive landscape, eco trails and wildlife viewing platforms attracts artists as well as local and international visitors. It is also a working farm with more than 5000 sheep.
Allow yourself time to visit the classic outback town of Silverton with its heritage stone buildings, artist studios and museums.
Ross Laurie and Idris Murphy are both represented by King Street Gallery, Sydney. Ross is winner of the Paddington Art Prize 2015.
Some Words & Images: James Compton and ABC producer, Sean O'Brien- "Not the Way Home"
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This workshop pushes personal vision to an extreme. It will challenge you to make bold decisions and use your imagination. The quest for form, space and scale is a strong element. You will be encouraged to explore your own creative process and take a different approach to your subject matter. Expanding Visions requires students to examine their source/reference material and think differently about how to turn the material into convincing and confident artworks.
The workshop will focus on developing dynamic compositions using patterning and focal points. Students will work from material provided by Steve as the source and the exercises that you begin with will be the basis of your finished works. Steve provides demonstrations and one to one guidance in his teaching.
Steve's aim is to promote confidence and awareness by offering students a practical pathway to meet their individual needs and encourage creative thinking.
Steve Lopes has held over 30 solo exhibitions worldwide. His work is represented in a number of important private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia and recently acquired by Parliament House Canberra.
Steve is represented by Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney
Fiumano Fine Art, London
Mitchell Fine Art, Brisbane
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