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.
Two Heads are better than One
A weekend Drawing workshop with Suzanne Archer and David Fairbairn will provide two different contemporary approaches to drawing the human head. The first day David will teach you an adventurous but analytical way to draw the human head. You will work from yourself using a mirror with a range of mixed media making a series of detailed preliminary studies which will prepare you for day 2.
On the second day Suzanne will work with the emotive self-portrait interpreting it with the focus on a psychological and holistic approach. This will involve the use of a mirror again and require an open mind regarding what is meant by self portraiture.
Suzanne Archer has exhibited on a regular basis in Australia since 1967. Winner of many Art Awards including the Wynne Prize for Landscape Painting in 1994 and most recently the Dobell Prize for Drawing and Kedumba Drawing Award in 2010. Her work is represented in many Regional Galleries throughout Australia. Suzanne was a sessional teacher in the Painting and Drawing Departments at the National Art School for many years.
David Fairbairn was awarded the Dobell Drawing Prize in 1999, The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2002 and more recently, the Mosman Art Prize in 2012. He was a finalist in the Archibald in 2012 and The Dough Moran National Portrait Prize in 2013. He has exhibited extensively in Australia and is represented by Stella Downer Fine Art in Sydney. David is currently a visiting lecturer in the Drawing Department in the National Art School.
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.