Elena Nikolaeva

CALENDAR FOR WORKSHOPS:  JULY TO AUGUST 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.


1.   ‘THINKING OUT OF THE SQUARE’ – PAINTING ON A ROUND CANVAS.

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

This workshop will make you think “outside the square”, literally.

 Round paintings have been known for centuries, and still today, contemporary artists sometimes like to paint on a rondo canvas. The out-of-the-ordinary shape attracts attention.

In this workshop you’ll get a feel for that attraction. You’ll need a clear understanding of what the challenge is for artists, so we’ll look carefully at the type of compositions that are suited to a round shape. We’ll consider what may be the advantages of choosing a rondo canvas over a rectangular one.

You’ll paint one big,OR 2 or 3 small or medium, round canvases using your favourite paints and brushes. Bring some sketching paper on which to plot your ideas so you can be sure of keeping in mind the principles for painting in the round.

MATERIALS:

Round canvas or board, OR 2 o3 small or medium size round canvases

Acrylics/oils

Your favourite brushes

Optional: materials for making textures, collage, your favourite mixed media materials

Optional:   Images

Palette, cleaning material.

***NB you may like to keep an eye out for Warehouse Stationery sales. Sometimes they include round,  printed image canvases, which you could prime over with white gesso and use for your own art.

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2. SELF PORTRAIT WITHOUT A PORTRAIT

One-Day Workshop  -Sunday, 4 August 2019       10.00 a.m. – 3.0 0 p.m.      Fee $50,   NSA Member $45

This workshop is about you, your personality,your uniqueness. We shift our attention from the external to the internal universe, and our own nature.

You’ll create a self-portrait – though not a traditional one with face or figure.  It’ll be a portrait of the internal,“essential“ you,  presenting images of what grounds you, what you like, dream, remember – those drivers, that inner you. It’ll be a composition of personal elements, using acrylics and other media of your choice (see materials list for ideas).

Think about how to treat the background for your portrait to tie your ideas together.  Take us into your universe.

MATERIALS:

Medium to big size canvas or board

Your paints and favourite brushes

Acrylics

Sketching paper, pencils, crayons, for planning

Bits and pieces which describe your unique personality, history and interests – something of your ownsuit-able for collage (photographs, letters [photocopies], maps, little memorabilia, small 3-D elements likebaubles, buttons, book extracts, fabric, natural materials, etc).

PVA glue for attaching these pieces onto canvas

Gloss or matt medium to create layering effects

Palette and cleaning materials.

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3. NEW ZEALANDMASTER  – JOHN DRAWBRIDGE­­

One-Day Workshop-Sunday 11th August 2019       10.00 a.m. – 3.0 0 p.m.      Fee $50,   NSA Member $45

We celebrate the life and work of John Drawbridge – an outstanding New Zealand artist of 20th Century.

John Drawbridge left us an amazing heritage of paintings, prints, murals, stained glass – an enormous gallery of 60 years of experimentation with a wide range of materials and media.

His artistic talent was supported by his fearless drive of experimentation. Over his 60-year career, he developed an abstract art which encapsulated elements of NZ land and seascape. He derived his inspiration from OP Art, Pop Art, and Abstract Expressionism, while simultaneously studying from old masters like Rembrandt and Piero Della Francesca or more recent ground breakers, like Malevich or Matisse. Throughout the journey John remained distinctively his own man.

We will explore his feeling for light and texture, dominant features in his work, accompanied by his amazing colour palette, his compositional principles, and his ability to take on challenging commissions requiring artisan and engineering skills alongside his artistic flair.

Note: This workshop is not for the realist artist.

This introduction to John Drawbridge is to inspire you to work on a painting that will draw from you a level of experimentation of your own in an entirely abstract way.

You will NOT be copying John Drawbridge.

 Start thinking of subject matter or a theme you could explore in an abstract way.  Bring your own inspirational references.  Don’t expect Elena to supply a range of visual images.  This is about taking the leap into experimentation.

MATERIALS:

Medium to big size canvas

Acrylics/oils

Important:   Paper and pencil for sketching

All your painting gear

Your own inspirational references/visual imagery.

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4   COMPOSITION ON CANVAS – THE LAST THREE OF TWELVE TYPES OF COMPOSITION, FOLLOWING  ROBERTBURRIDGE’S FORMULAE

One-Day Workshop – Sunday, 18 August2019       10.00 a.m. – 3.0 0 p.m.      Fee $50,   NSA Member $45

Composition. Composition. At the heart of every painting!

And here we go again to seriously address this all important subject, and think analytically about how to approach a painting, to ensure all the elements “gel”.

We have so far worked on nine of Robert Burridge’s basic types of composition. In this workshop we’ll practise the last 3 of his formulae. They cover a range of subject matter.

Elena will demonstrate each one and you’ll then practise each formula on separate small canvases. These are not intended to be works of art, just simple paintings, “recipes” for your own future reference.  

By the end of the day you will have completed your library of12 examples of Robert Burridge’s com-position formulae.   Quite an accomplishment!

MATERIALS:

3 small canvases

Acrylics/oils

Your favourite brushes

Dark paper for collage and PVA glue (or gloss medium)

A palette and cleaning material.

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5      ACRYLIC INKS (OR LIQUID ACRYLICS)

(Either one will do. There is a slight difference of viscosity, but it doesn’t matter).

One-Day Workshop – Sunday,25 August 2019       10.00 a.m. – 3.0 0 p.m.      Fee $50,   NSA Member $45

We are lucky to havean amazing variety of art materials to work with in the 21st Century.It’s impossible touse all of them in a lifetime but it pays to explore what’s available.  There’s the chance that you may justdiscover your favourite “Signature” medium.

Acrylics offer a wide variety of pigments of different viscosity – from high to low. The low viscosity end includes liquid acrylics/inks.  These cover the territory between acrylic and watercolour, merging two distinctively different types of paint into a new medium which can be used both on canvas and on paper.

In this workshop you’ll explore the advantages and limits of liquid acrylics/inks and how to paint with them on canvas and paper (pouring technique is not included this time).

You’ll also learn about the possibilities of combining liquid acrylics with acrylics of “normal” viscosity and other art “aids”.

You’ll paint 2 pictures: one on canvas, one on paper.

MATERIALS:

Medium size canvas

A couple of pieces of watercolour paper, size A3 or A2

Liquid acrylics or acrylic inks (bring metallic liquid acrylics if you have them)

Regular acrylics

White gesso

Gloss gel

Various brushes

A spray bottle of water

Spirit (any kind, but not less than 40%)

Coarse table salt

Images (optional)

Your usual art gear.

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