After a couple of terrific art workshops in the studio of Edith Cowan University, Bunbury Campus, we thought we’d share with you some top tips for getting the most out of your workshop experience.
The workshops were held on June 15 and 27, and were both led by artists Helen Seiver and Marianne Folland-Myors. The first focused on printmaking, and the second one on mixed media.
Before we charge ahead, special thanks to photographer Rob Cox of oxy images for visiting us at the second workshop and providing most of the images for this post. Jon Gellweiler from the South Western Times also dropped by with his colleague Aaron Corlett. One of Jon’s images is featured below. To see the resulting newspaper article, visit here.
Watch the Demos…
Watching the workshop demonstrations with a keen eye is a great way to get started. Don’t hesitate to take notes and ask questions.
Here we see Helen Seiver demonstrating how to create a print using a simple but rewarding technique. She has paint on two slabs of very heavy glass. She lowers one slab onto the other. She wriggles them around just a touch to disburse the paint. In this sequence of images, Helen lifts the top slab off the bottom one.
She then carefully places a piece of paper on one of the slabs, and she gently rubs the paper with a baren (disk-like device with a flat bottom) to transfer paint to the paper.
…And the Unveilings
Make sure you don’t blink when it comes time to unveil the demo masterpiece. In this sequence, Helen slowly lifts the paper to reveal the print. That end result is often a great way to get inspired.
Practice the Techniques
Conducting your own experiments while you have the experts on hand is an ideal way to make quick progress. Here’s a print that was created by Suzanne Axon and Jacque McKeig using the technique that Helen demonstrated.
Come with a Friend
Suzanne and Jacque (whose work is featured above) have known each other for about nine years. They accompanied each other to both workshops and achieved some beautiful outcomes.
Here they are as photographed by Jon Gellweiler for the South Western Times.
This is the lively mixed media work they created in the second workshop.
Joining up with someone in the workshop who shares a common interest is a great strategy. Engineer and artist Ric Stacey and artist Chris Harris share a mutual interest in things scientific. They both drew rockets. Ric looks like he might be calculating whether or not their rockets will make it to the moon.
Allegra Mazza Parton created this delightful mixed media dodo. Her creature was given extra dimension with a doily head and neck inspired by Bateen Thompson who was stitching doilies for her own work.
Find Some Inspiration from the Environment
Have a look around the workshop space to see if anything ignites your imagination. Ric was clearly inspired by a set of grass tree sculptures in the studio entrance.
Focus on Having Fun
Having fun and playing around are great ways to ensure you have a positive workshop experience. Janine Egan, Robyn Harris and Lisa Egan rose to the challenge,
and created some beautiful work.
Although the workshops didn’t focus on creating 9 x 5 inch artworks (as they had in previous years), there were a few on show. Here’s Bateen with a 9 x 5 she’d created. Word on the street is that this artwork already has an advance bid. Woo-hoo!
These two workshops are part of the 9 x 5 project held annually in collaboration with Edith Cowan University, Bunbury Campus. The idea was that participants could experiment with techniques they could use in the creation of a 9 x 5.
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