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Idris Murphy and Ross Laurie

Fieldtrip to Fowlers Gap II

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. Spend a night in the iconic Palace Hotel which featured in the movie "Priscilla Queen of the Desert" and dates back to the 1890's. It is here we will meet and greet on our first morning prior to departure for 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 will work together to develop a program that exposes students to a variety of ideas and approaches. Participants will not only experience 3 full days with both artists but 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"

DEPOSIT REQUIRED WITH BOOKING & iS NOT REFUNDABLE

Location:Fowlers Gap, North Western NSW
Date:10-16th May 2016 (6days-6nights)
Cost: $2,950.00
Fieldtrip to Fowlers Gap II


Cherry Hood

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.

Participants will be forwarded a list of requirements for the workshop.

*DEPOSIT PAYMENT REQUIRED WITH BOOKING AND IS NOT REFUNDABLE



Location:Byron School of Art Venue, Station Street, Bangalow NSW
Date:18-19 June 2016 (2 days) - 9.30am to 4pm
Cost: $550.00
Level: All levels.
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Cherry Hood

Painting Faces in Watercolour II

 

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.

Participants will be forwarded a list of requirements for the workshop.

*DEPOSIT PAYMENT REQUIRED WITH BOOKING AND IS NOT REFUNDABLE

Location:Byron School of Art Venue, Station Street, Bangalow NSW
Date:25/26th June 2016
Cost: $550.00
Level: All Levels
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Wendy Sharpe

A Day In Wendy's Studio

An exclusive 'one off' to work in the studio of Wendy Sharpe for the day. Wendy will conduct compositional and drawing exercises with the group and will throughout the day demonstrate how she creates her provocative and sensuous images of the human form.  Sharpe has developed a distinctive gestural style grounded in an innate ability to draw. She confronts the complexities of human relationships and universal themes of love. Often working directly from life, her paintings possess a spontaneity and directness that invites viewers to engage with the work on an emotional level.

Address details will be provided with booking.

DO NOT PAY DEPOSIT IF YOU ARE WAITLISTED

Location:Enmore Studio, Sydney
Date:13th August 2016
Cost: $350.00
Level: All levels
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Tim Allen

Landscape Fast and Loose

An expressive and bold approach to the landscape tradition. Students will be developing skills to respond artistically to the landscape in an immediate, powerful and spontaneous way.

Tim will demonstrate both alla prima techniques in oil and layering techniques in mixed media. Students can choose to work with one or both approaches over the two days. The common threads will include mark making, ways of seeing and the surprising amount of planning, technique and thinking that goes into bold and expressive paintings.

Students will come away with a wide range of skills to continue in their own practice. They will have an understanding of techniques with mixed media, including ink, watercolour and pastel and how these can be used to capture the essence of the landscape. They will have an understanding of oil painting techniques, particularly alla prima techniques, as they relate to landscape.

It is expected during the workshop that students will produce a range of drawings and studies to develop one or two larger finished, resolved artworks in the studio on the second day.

Tim will conduct regular demonstrations of his own techniques and processes during the workshop. His teaching style is enthusiastic and engaged with a focus on individual tuition and getting the best out of every student regardless of their experience.

 

Represented by:

Defiance Gallery, Sydney

Nock Art Gallery, Hong Kong

 

Forthcoming Exhibitions:

May 2016 - Defiance Gallery, Sydney

Location:TBA (new studio near completion south of Bangalow)
Date:20/21st August (2 days 9.30-4pm)
Cost: $510.00
Level: All levels
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Tim Allen

Landscape Fast and Loose II

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