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: OCTOBER TO NOVEMBER 2017

 

STRETCHING THE LIMITS OF ARTISTIC TOOLS

with Elena Nikolaeva

As artists, we always look for new ways to express ourselves, and experiment with new media, new materials, new tools.
But, let’s not forget about what’s already in our kit and work on getting the most out of these tools.
In this workshop we’ll put away the brushes we always use, to push the limits of traditional materials we all have, but only seldom use.
The challenge will be to create two stylised landscape paintings using all but the tools you reach for most often. You’ll use cheap hog hair brushes, a fan brush, a rigger brush, palette knife, toothbrush, sponges, and pieces of paper. (See materials list).
Elena will demonstrate ways to combine the applications of these tools to produce a variety of effects with imaginative results. Have a go at expanding your comfort zone.

Materials you will need:
• 2 or 3 medium size canvases, acrylics, palettes, cleaning material
• A couple of cheap, flat hog-hair brushes from hardware store. Width 1.5-3cm
• A rigger (liner) brush (“Long, pointed sable brush used originally by marine painters to delineate the cordage of ships – 1883.”)
• A fan brush (If you have a hog hair and a synthetic one, please bring both
• Tooth brush
• Palette knife
• Spatula from hardware store
• A couple of different quality sponges
• Different types and thicknesses of paper.

One day workshop: Sunday 22 October 2017
10.00am – 3.30pm
Fee $50. NSA Members $45

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REFLECTIONS REVISITED

with Elena Nikolaeva

Water surrounds us in many forms. It’s a beautiful, ever-changing, sometimes strong, tranquil, an “alive” element. The richness of possibilities it presents artists as a source of inspiration are endless. This workshop is focused on only ONE feature of water – REFLECTIONS. We’ll concentrate on the fluidity of water, on the colours and shapes of reflections, the forms and lines of reflected objects – banks, trees, boats, buildings, people etc. – and techniques to portray these.

We’ll see how other artists tackled the subject and examine their techniques for dealing with this watery world of opposites. You’ll create a composition showing only the reflection of a subject, an effective approach now commonly used in contemporary painting.

Materials you will need:
• Medium to big canvas
• Acrylics or oils
• Brushes
• Charcoal or pastel stick for drawing
• Usual painting gear.
• Photo images (optional)

One day workshop: Sunday 29 October 2017
10.00am – 3.30pm
Fee $50. NSA Members $45

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REVISITING PALETTE KNIFE TECHNIQUES

with Elena Nikolaeva

This workshop is about refining and mastering your palette knife techniques. Elena will analyse the differences, and specific applications of various shapes and sizes of palette knives and those most suited to particular elements in a painting.You’ll work with several of them on your canvas to paint a landscape from a photograph.

You’ll look critically at your composition to enhance the important elements, avoid unnecessary detail and change the scene in your way to create balance. And we’ll just use palette knives!

Materials you will need:
• Medium size canvas
• Acrylics/oils
• Several plastic plates (dinner size) for palettes
• Several palette knives of various shapes (if you don’t have them – look in $2 shops)
• Cleaning materials
• Photograph of a landscape (optional).

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

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NEW ZEALAND MASTER – MILAN MRKUSICH – born Dargaville 1925

with Elena Nikolaeva

Milan Mrkusich is one of the outstanding modernist NZ artists of the 20th Century. His artistic talent is supported by his fearless drive of experimentation. Being a non-representational artist, Mrkusich creates abstract forms and uses colours which carry universal emotional resonances far beyond any illusions of reality.
His unique, recognizable work has won high praise both in New Zealand and overseas. What can we learn from his legacy?
How can you express your feelings, your emotions on canvas, and use your artistic abilities to step out from reality into the vast, mesmerizing world of abstract art
You’ll learn how Mrkusich approaches his art and take inspiration from this to help you express your own soul, using visual associations, colours and shapes.
You will NOT be copying Milan Mrkusich. Set out on your own exciting journey.

Materials you will need:
• Medium to big canvas
• Your favourite brushes and paints
• Palette knives
• Spatula (wide)
• Squeegee
• Modelling paste
• Palettes
• Cleaning material

One day workshop: Sunday 12 November 2017
10.00am – 3.30pm
Fee $50. NSA Members $45

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CHRISTMAS – CONTEMPORARY

with Elena Nikolaeva

With approaching summer, warmed up after a long winter, holiday time and Christmas, we’re ready to capture the Christmas mood on canvas.
How will you do it? What will you paint? What are your associations with summer weather, holiday time or Christmas? Make yourself a list. Decide on the treatment/style you envisage. Be bold and contemporary. Try some of the new materials we’ve experimented with during the year. Consult your artistic soul and make a summer statement which will stay with you much longer than summer. Stay away from the stereotypes. Capture an exceptional moment and mood that’s personal to you

Materials you will need:
• Medium to big canvas
• Brushes
• Palette knives
• All your Favourite painting gear.

One day workshop: Sunday 19 November 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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