Elena Nikolaeva

CALENDAR FOR WORKSHOPS:  APRIL – MAY 2019

All workshops are held in the Society’s Studios, Reyburn House Lane, Whangarei – just across the lawn from Reyburn House Gallery.

All workshops in this series conducted by Elena Nikolaeva enikonzealand@gmail.com 09 431 4741 or 021 157 1730. Ring her direct or email her to make a booking.
When your enrolment is confirmed, please mark the date in your calendar so you don’t forget. 
If, later, you find you cannot attend, please contact Elena well in advance of the course so someone on the waiting list can be invited to come.

PAYMENT FOR EACH WORKSHOP TO BE MADE TO THE TUTOR, IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE, ON THE DAY OF EACH WORKSHOP.


BACK TO COLOUR!        

LEARNING MORE ABOUT PAINTS – PIGMENTS AND COLOURS

One-Day Workshop –    Sunday 28 April 2019       10.00 a.m. – 3.0 0 p.m.      Fee $50,   NSA Member $45

 As artists, we never stop learning about the most important of all our materials – PAINTS.  Acrylics or oils have a lot in common in their pigments and colours.  The difference is in the binding medium.

In this workshop we’ll dive into the fascinating world of art pigments and explore their true nature.  Elena will demonstrate throughout.

You’ll learn about the main traditional and new groups of pigments and how each of them behaves.  You’ll study earth pigments and “artificial” ones.  You’ll explore some paints which don’t belong to any group, but stay by themselves and offer some unique qualities.  You’ll learn how to mix your own black, and how to use several of the white pigments now available at stockists of contemporary art materials.  And we’ll consider the different brands of pigments best suited to your panting style and techniques.  

To “seal” your new knowledge you’ll paint 3 small paintings using a variety of different pigments.

 This is a subject so huge that it’s impossible to cover all the important issues in one workshop, so we’ll return to it from time to time at future dates.

 MATERIALS LIST

3 small canvases or boards,

Several small scraps of boards for painting experiments, and to practise techniques,  

Your favourite brushes, 

Acrylics/oils,

Paper and pen for making notes to remember a lot of information,

A palette,

Cleaning materials.


EXPLORING ART DECO STYLE   

One-Day Workshop – Sunday 5 May 2019       10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.      Fee $50     NSA Member $45.

We are continuing to learn from the past.  In previous workshops we’ve learned useful stylised practices from Impressionism, Expressionism and Cubism.  We turn now to focus on the worldwide spread of the 20th Century cultural style – ART DECO.

Here in New Zealand we have wonderful examples of Art Deco architecture, decorative art and design.  Artists in different countries were inspired by the Art Deco style and created unique sculptures, paintings, drawings, etc.  What can we learn from them? How can they help us move into the future with their knowledge and craftsmanship?

In this workshop you’ll explore Art Deco’s famous features – floating lines, refined proportions, unique colour palette, the flat character of images and much more.

You’ll be offered a choice of what to paint – a floral composition or a human image, an abstract painting or a landscape.  Each direction is fine and suitable for trying out Art Deco principles.

MATERIALS LIST:  

A medium to big canvas,

Acrylics/oils,

Brushes,

Several sheets of paper and a pencil for sketching,

A palette,

Cleaning materials.


STUDY OF ANOTHER NZ MASTER  – NICKY FOREMAN                                     

  One-Day Workshop –   Sunday 12 May 2019        10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.          Fee $50,   NSA Member $45 

Nicky Foreman is one of NZ’s most interesting artists of the 20th/21st Centuries.   Born in 1970 she achieved wide recognition in the NZ artistic world with her unique style and successful experiments using various shapes of canvas.

Her refined earth palette and her attention to detail have helped her to develop a distinctive, individual style in the contemporary NZ art world. She combines abstraction and realism in her work, capturing close-up snatches of the every-day (e.g. rusting corrugated iron, signposts, wet surfaces and distinctive line forms), and juxtaposing these to develop a theme with more realistic images – all on one canvas.

In this workshop you’ll paint a picture, based on what we’ve studied of Nicky Foreman’s discoveries in visual art.  You’ll create your own composition, not copying, but taking inspiration from Nicky Foreman’s way of looking at her world.

MATERIALS LIST  

Medium to big canvas,  

Acrylics/oils or acrylic links,

Brushes,

Paper and pencil for sketching,

Palette,

Cleaning materials.


MASTERING DRY BRUSH TECHNIQUES   

One-Day Workshop – Sunday, 26 May 2019      10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.      Fee $50,        NSA Member $45.

In our workshop we continue to learn a lot about artistic tools and painting techniques.  This is fundamental knowledge each artist has to acquire and learn to master.  In this workshop we expand our knowledge and feeling for painting with dry brush techniques.

Dry brush is widely used in contemporary art, adding distinctive “special effects” in a painting.  It might be combined with traditional techniques or a whole canvas might be painted only with dry brush.  You’ll paint a medium to big size canvas, using acrylics or oils.  You’ll employ some “tricks” and observe the limits of dry brush techniques and the kinds of brushes to use.

 MATERIALS LIST:  

Medium to big canvas,

Acrylics/oils,

Big flat brushes:  synthetic, hog hair (get a couple of cheap ones from a hardware store),

Your favourite brushes, too.

 Palettes,

Cleaning materials.


HUMAN FIGURE – CONTEMPORARY  (REVISION) 

One-Day Workshop – Sunday, 2 June 2019      10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.       Fee $50,        NSA Member $45.

This workshop will be a fun day at the Studio! – a good way to finish the term and to celebrate the beginning of winter!    You’ll have the wonderful excuse to let loose with your brushes, canvases and a wide range of mixed media materials.

This time you’ll play with wallpaper samples – a wonderful material for mixed media fun, with its great range of colours, patterns and textures – widely used in contemporary art.  You’ll create a contemporary composition which includes one or several simplified human figures using big brushes, acrylics and of course collage, combining patterns, textures, and colours, anything but the kitchen sink!

So loosen up and be prepared to move outside the square!

MATERIALS LIST:  

   Big canvas or board – a BOARD is better,

(MDF or hardboard from Bunnings or any hardware store, primed with white gesso)

N.B:  Elena can provide a board for you for an additional $5 – just let her know in time, if you need one.

Acrylics/oils,

Brushes,  

Different papers for collage and any other media materials you want to bring,

Paper and pencils for sketching,

Stencils, sponges,

Gloss medium or PVA glue

Gloss Gel,

 Palette,

Cleaning materials.

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