Friday, April 28, 2006

Vineyards Art Workshops

This is the first year we've run art workshops in conjunction with Sculpture in the Vineyards. It seemed like a great opportunity to start expanding and broadening our audience. These workshops are artist initiated with a percentage of tuition going into the exhibition kitty for next year. We chose to hold all the workshops on the same weekend to encourage interaction between participants of the different courses and to start building a creative community event. Margos technique for handbuilding large forms is so practical you can be assured great results. Solar plate etching while not sculptural, is such a valuable creative technique to learn and Seraphina is a very skilled teacher. Brenda is a talented sculptor and her drawing workshops are a sensory experience.

Contact the indvidual tutors for bookings and accommodation.
If you have any ideas for workshops or would like to teach one next year contact me.

Large-Scale Figurative Clay Sculpture
Weekend workshop with Margo Gabsi

October 14 and 15 at Undercliff Winery
10am - 4pm

In this hands on workshop you will learn to make large scale figurative clay sculpture up to 1 metre in height. Students may work in a realistic, simplified or exaggerated way. The skills learnt are transferable to any form. Using clay as an expressive medium, Margo will have you mastering her technique of quickly building large forms. She will also discuss and demonstrate decorative techniques appropriate for sculptural works. Bring pictures/ideas and an apron. Class is suitable for beginners and those already skilled with clay.

$200 for the weekend includes materials, tea/coffee, tuition
Enquiries/bookings: call Margo on (02) 9606 4526

Margo holds an Art Certificate, Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) and a Bachelor of Teaching. She has held exhibitions at Mura Clay Gallery and Casula Powerhouse. Her work can be seen at Lushart (Surry Hills), Sturt (Mittagong) and was recently shown at Sculpture in the Vines. Margo has been teaching workshops at all levels throughout the community, has exhibited widely and is well known for her figurative clay works. She has taught at the Art Gallery of N.S.W. for 8 years and has made public art works for Liverpool and Fairfield Councils. Her works have been published in Ceramics Art and Perception and Pottery in Australia.

Solar-Plate Etching

Weekend workshop with Seraphina Martin

October 14 and 15 at Millbrook Estate
10am - 4pm

Create your own stunning portfolio of etchings in this hands-on weekend workshop, using solar-plate etching techniques to create a series of vibrant colour prints.

A quick, simple and non-toxic alternative to the traditional etching process, solar-plate etching uses sun and water instead of acid to etch the plates. Join experienced print-maker Seraphina Martin as, through lectures, demonstrations and practical exercises, you discover how the print process evolves. Previous print-making experience not essential.

$200 for the weekend includes materials, tea/coffee, tuition
Enquiries/bookings: call Seraphina on 0403 863 544

Seraphina studied printmaking in Paris before moving to Sydney 25 years ago to teach at Sydney University Art Workshops where she has become Head of the Etching Studio. Her work is represented in many public and private collections and she continues to participate in both solo and group exhibitions in Australian and Overseas.

The "I CAN"T DRAW" workshop
One day workshop with Brenda McDuff

October 14 or 15 across the three vineyards
11am - 3pm

A can do approach to drawing looking at sculptures in the landscape. This workshop is aimed at adults who haven’t picked up a pencil since school and want to draw.

A day having fun making marks on paper, experimenting with pencil, charcoal and ink in a learning environment. This outdoor class begins with a tour of the sculptures on the vineyards and a discussion about art, expression and why we still love to draw in an age of photography and digital processes. Followed by lunch and an afternoon of drawing.

Sat or Sun
$80 includes materials, tea/coffee, tuition
Enquiries/bookings: Call 0403 469 753

Brenda is a sculptor with a BVA hons. from Sydney College of the Art. She works as an educator at TAFE & the Museum of Contemporary Art teaching all ages.