WORKSHOPS

NOTE: (If you have not received all of this document by email please refer to the Reyburn House website)

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

Please refer to the information at the end of this calendar for workshop enquiries & enrolments.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 ring Pam well in advance of the course (if last-minute, unavoidable circumstances arise, ring by 8.00 a.m. on the day) so someone on the waiting list can be invited to come.


CALENDAR FOR WORKSHOPS: February to March 2017

NOTE ON REMAINING WORKSHOPS

Be prepared to be stretched in the remaining workshop offerings for the start of this year!
There’ll be an emphasis on contemporary painting and learning the techniques of modern visual art styles.


DEALING WITH UNFINISHED WORKS

with Elena Nikolaeva

It’s time to clear space for the new masterpieces you will create this year! In response to numerous requests here’s your opportunity to get individual help to solve problems you have with unfinished works. Make a concerted effort to sort them out, think about the help you want and come ready to transform those unfinished canvases.

Materials you will need:
All the gear you will need.

One day workshop: Sunday 19 February 2017
10.00am – 3.30pm
Fee $50. NSA Members $45

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“COMPILATION” – A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH TO COMPOSITION

with Elena Nikolaeva

“Compilation” is a distinctive approach to contemporary painting. A number of NZ and international artists master it well. And it’s time for us to learn about it. In this workshop you’ll learn to look at your work from an unconventional point of view and experiment with your own ideas, images and colours.

The idea of “compilation” came from collage techniques where an artist incorporated multiple layers and interpretations of a subject in the same work. Artists are using similar techniques in painting, interpreting many aspects of a subject in a single work – a “compilation” of several different representations of the elements of a study. In this way a shoreline, for instance, could combine the features of the shore, the horizon, rocks, grasses, viewed from different angles and proximities.

You will learn how and what to combine, and what best to avoid in your composition. You will make sketches of your ideas and choose the most promising composition, guided by the tutor.

Materials you will need:
Medium to big canvas, your favourite paints and brushes, palette, water container, cleaning material, paper and pencil for sketching, images from which you will draw your inspiration.

One day workshop: Sunday 26th February 2017
10.00am – 3.30pm
Fee $50. NSA Members $45

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MIXED MEDIA COMBINING ACRYLICS WITH CHARCOAL AND SOFT PASTELS

with Elena Nikolaeva

Artists are very inventive in their approach to contemporary painting. In this workshop we’ll learn another technique which involves an unusual combination of acrylics and drawing materials.

The tutor will demonstrate how to use charcoal and soft pastels to draw the key features of a subject – lines which will be left visible as a distinctive part of your final painting.

The problem of smudging of charcoal/pastels is solved by using contemporary sprays/varnishes. This gives you the freedom to use multiple layers of different materials in one work.
NOTE: One spray bottle of varnish will be enough for the whole class. If you do not already have varnish of your own, you may just prefer to pay an extra $5 for this workshop and the tutor will provide the right material.

Materials you will need:
Medium to big size canvas, favourite paints and brushes, a charcoal stick or pencil, several bright coloured, soft pastels, painting medium, spray varnish for acrylics, (which tutor will provide if you choose – see note above), palette, water container, cleaning material, images to use for inspiration (optional).

One day workshop: Sunday 5th March 2017
10.00am – 3.30pm
Fee $50. NSA Members $45

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OUTLINES AND CONTOURS IN CONTEMPORARY PAINTING – (Landscape or still life)

with Elena Nikolaeva

Outlines and contours are part of the common language of modern visual art. They are effective tools which allow artists to emphasise the most important elements in a composition. In this workshop we’ll pay close attention to them and study the techniques that may be used in a variety of styles to create a contemporary image.

While you do not need to have attended the 5th March Workshop to attempt this one, this, in a sense, is a follow-up from the previous one. In this case however, outlines and contours will be the essential features of the final composition.

The tutor will introduce you to different types of outlines and contours and analyse the type most suited to particular painting styles, techniques and composition.

You will paint a stylised contemporary landscape or still life on a medium/big canvas.

Materials you will need:
– Medium to big canvas, your favourite paints and brushes, other tools, water container, cleaning material.

One day workshop: Sunday 19th March 2017
10.00am – 3.30pm
Fee $50. NSA Members $45

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LEARNING FROM THE NEW ZEALAND MASTERS – SUZANNE GOLDBERG

with Elena Nikolaeva

This is another in our series in which we look at New Zealand’s art heritage. In this workshop Elena pays attention to a very interesting 20th Century female painter – Suzanne Goldberg.

Her style may be said to follow the direction of expressionism, following the path of Toss Woollaston, moving ever further away from reality. The inspiration of her work offers us another wonderful opportunity to try for ourselves, work that requires big, wide brushes, palette knives, even a spatula – tools that allow us to achieve
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freedom in painting, loosen our minds and wrists! We will not be copying Suzanne Goldberg’s paintings but thinking how we might employ her expressionist approach in a painting of our own.

Materials you will need:
Medium to big canvas, big brushes, your favourite paints, palette knives, spatula (from hardware store), big palette, water container, cleaning material, images of landscapes (optional).

One day workshop: Sunday 26th March 2017
10.00am – 3.30pm
Fee $50. NSA Members $45

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WONDERFUL WEEDS

with Elena Nikolaeva

Weeds are all around us – the bane of gardeners’ lives. How often, though, do we stop to look beyond the nuisance to marvel at their beautiful forms, from the tallest foxglove or thistle to the tiniest pimpernel or buttercup?
Their wonderfully shaped leaves – flat, splayed, encircling, twining, cascading, and their flowers too, often exquisite on close examination.

You must do some homework for this workshop.
Take inspiration from these beautiful forms – sketch, examine under a magnifying glass, photograph, enlarge. Capture the astounding beauty and perfection of weed forms in any way you like, using any medium/style – abstract, formal, impressionistic, close-up-in-your-face, stylised, mixed media, drawing, pen and wash, as botanical specimens, free-form. Look with imagination – how can you best capture these ostracised beauties and draw admiring gasps?
You must bring your own photos, sketches, specimens, ideas. So get up close and personal when you take your photographs/make your sketches. And think about some of the contemporary approaches you may already have learned in this block of workshops.

Materials you will need:
Medium to big size canvas, your favourite paints and brushes, other equipment you might want to use, palette, water container, cleaning material, your photographs, sketches, specimens, other inspirations which you have prepared in advance.

One day workshop: Sunday 2nd April 2017
10.00am – 3.30pm
Fee $50. NSA Members $45

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TUTORS & GROUPS – STUDIO USERS:

Feel free to contact any Tutor or inquire about joining a group.

• Acrylic painting with Jan Stephens (435 5944) Monday Mornings

• Porcelain Doll Club with Lynaire Hawkins (433 5894) 2nd & last Monday of each month

• Party House Group – untutored (Dree Wilkinson – 436 2079) Tuesday mornings

• Pastels with Neil Beart (436 0300) Tuesday 1pm to 4pm

• Wednesday Painters – untutored (Lori Dods – 027 498 6073) Wednesday 9.30am – 12.30pm

• Oh So Arty – untutored (Lynne Dahl – 436 2590) Wednesday 5.30pm – 9.00pm

• Riverside Painters – untutored (Robyn Grant – 027 684 0602) Thursday 9am – 1pm

• Firebirds Pottery Group with Wendy Cunliffe (435 1015) Thursday 4pm – 6.30pm

• Yoga Group with Jenny Sutcliff (459 4000) Thursday 6.30pm – 7.30pm

• Tutors: Richard & Diana Moore (431 8383 / 027 431 8392) Friday 8.00am -12.30pm/1pm – 4pm

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ENQUIRIES AND ENROLMENTS

To enquire about the NSA Workshops, or to apply to enrol, please phone in the first instance the Workshop Co-ordinator, Pam Carson (09) 436 1607, evenings if you can’t reach her during the day.
Alternatively phone Reyburn House Gallery (09) 438 3074, or email us with your full contact details – phone, address, email, so we can respond with the appropriate follow-up. (Gallery hours are 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 1.00 to 4.00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.)

NOTE: Should you wish the Workshop Tutor to provide your materials; this can be arranged for an additional materials fee.

Payment for each workshop to be made to the tutor, in cash or by cheque, on the day of each workshop.

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