There were many hands and one foot going for broke at a recent public workshop in the art studio of Edith Cowan University (ECU) Bunbury Campus. The workshop was held to give participants a jump start at creating 9 x 5 inch panels for upcoming exhibition and auction to benefit Art Partners.
The first part of the workshop was taken up with printmaking demonstrations. Helen focused on found objects that could be used to transfer an image onto paper. The idea was that those interested in experimenting with printmaking would work with paper, and then the chosen paper creations could be glued onto the 9 x 5 inch panels. The found objects included leaves, feathers, peppermint tree twigs and curtain lace.
Once the paper prints were glued onto the 9 x 5 inch panels, Helen recommended giving the works a coat of wax to finish them off. Wax is an excellent sealant, is archival, provides a beautiful finish and adds depth to the work.
All in the Egan Family
Janine Egan, who has been part of the Art Partners program since 2012, hails from a very artistic family. She was joined in the workshop by her father Adrian, and her sister Lisa.
Janine’s favourite subject is flowers, and she had several panels on the go. In the finished one featured here, she used leaves to create the preliminary layer.
Adrian also got stuck into working with acrylics and produced this beautiful delicate piece he called Quincessential.
Lisa was inspired to experiment with printmaking, and created a work with beautifully strong contrast using leaves and peppermint tree twigs.
Mentors in the Thick of It
Long time Art Partners mentor Edy Rees chose to paint with acrylics. She called her bold and striking work Peacock.
Newly recruited mentor Ric Stacey tried his hand at printmaking, and produced this lovely, delicate work called Autumn Owl (named for him by Keon Hall).
New Friends Come to the Fore
The ECU workshop was a super chance for the Art Partners team to engage with new friends.
Sarah Mills, who is the Student Activities Officer at ECU, was inspired to work with wax. She bravely dipped her beautiful panel into a very hot frying pan of melted wax!
Danielle McLachlan, a former student at ECU, produced very delicate works using paint, tissue paper and feathers. Pictured here is Cape to Cape Coast (II).
Barbara Payne worked with acrylics to produce an intriguing abstract work she called Red Flash. Following the application of strong colours, Barbara gave her panel a wash of white acrylic paint followed by a dip in hot wax.
Val Coventry tried printmaking techniques using curtain lace. She completed her piece with delicate brush strokes and called it Rainforest Butterflies.
Shirley McMurray, also experimented with printmaking techniques using curtain lace, and called her finished piece Thanks for Experience.
And the Foot Belongs to…
Roslyn Burns, supported by mentor Mandy Doust and friend and support worker Tracey Musham, tried a variety of printmaking techniques for the very first time. Roslyn completed two striking panels she named Koi and Autumn Leaves.
A selection of the panels featured in this post along with others will be exhibited in the Front Room of the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries from August 22* – 31. From there, a second and larger exhibition will be held at ECU (Building 03 Foyer) from September 3 – 17.
The grand event, a fundraising auction for Art Partners, will be held at ECU on Friday, September 19.
*Date changed from the original post.
What You Can Do
Tell us in the comments section what you’ve enjoyed about the processes and finished panels we featured.
If you’re an artist in the middle of completing a 9 x 5 inch panel, we’d love to have it back at one of the distribution points by August 22.
See you at one of the exhibitions or at the auction!