2D visual art programs exploring the creative potential of the visual mediums of charcoal, ink, printmaking, oil and watercolour painting, pencil drawing and other mark making. Embracing the exciting world of original and individual expression through Artist led, theme based workshops.
Open your imagination to a world of science fiction/ fantasy incorporating technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century, Victorian, industrial, steam-powered machinery.
This Art & Literature genre has been inspired by writers like Jules Verne (30000 Leagues Under the Sea) and HG Wells (War of the Worlds) and embraced by artists and animators like Miyazaki (Howl’s Moving Castle)
This workshop will get everyone sketching wild machines – we will start by looking at a selection of visually stimulating objects for the theme: old watches, leather boxes, old fashioned keys, test tubes, an ancient typewriter, binoculars, leather diaries and old books, gears and cogs, old style telephone, bird in a glass box, pinned butterflies.
Finally we will be using a monochromatic palette in watercolour and metallic washes to add some age, rust and character to our Steampunk masterpiece.
Bring your world to life with the power of colour in this dynamic Painting Workshop. With the power to change our moods, to make us feel relaxed or energised; colour is used in the natural world to warn predators of poisoning danger if eaten and to attract mates.
Plants use colour to bring insect pollinators to their service while people have long understood the great symbolic power of colour in society and culture. Explore the world of colour and see how artists, such as Matisse and the Fauves, have used colour in their works.
Then spend the day creating your own colour explosion on canvas!
Capture the movement of texture and light across a landscape to create a luminous watercolour painting in this Creative Catalyst watercolour painting workshop.
Drawing inspiration from an array of wonderful Australian landscape artists: Albert Namatjira, Hans Heysen, Penleigh Boyd and Arthur Streeton, we’ll learn how to manipulate colour transparency, intensity and temperature to make our scenes come to life.
The fluidity and smoothness of the watercolour medium is particularly suited to subjects like the sea, stream and sky. Students will spend the morning sketching and painting in ‘plein air’ to capture a little of Yarralumla’s lakeside setting, then head inside for an afternoon of painting a landscape of their own design at their easels.
Examples of Australian landscape artist’s work will open students to wonder at the quality of light watercolour can create. A quick, small watercolour sketch using a monochrome palette where we will trial the wet on wet technique will prepare students for a trip outside to sketch and paint in ‘plein air’ down on the oval.
We’ll discuss and learn about the history of early landscape painting in Australia that saw artists struggling to capture the ‘alien’ quality of the Australian light until the late 1800’s and the establishment of the Heidelberg school which deliberately embraced the raw and unique landscape before them.
Create a virtual world full of myth and mystery within a timeless Celtic knot or labyrinth drawing. Explore the intricacies of Celtic symbolism and incorporate some legendary creatures or sacred script into your own unique masterwork.
Theclassic Celtic labyrinth has one path that winds around to a central point then back outward. Dating back 4000 years it has been used as a meditative tool designed to help it’s travellers release burdens on the way to the centre and then accept what they most need on the way out .
Students can draw inspiration from modern artists such as Escher as well as computer generated fractal images which also share intricate, continuous pattern work.
Catalyst students will weave their own path in ink, graphite or pastel incorporating many design elements along the way. Trace a journey through pattern, line and form following the ancient druids to a centre full of iconic imagery highlighted with some gilding.
Palimpsest – ‘a manuscript or piece of writing material on which later writing has been superimposed. Something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form’
This is a Mega Collage involving drawing, rubbing, transferring, cutting, painting and assembling. It investigates the differences between and possible combinations of abstract and representational art, using a mix of mediums and visual elements.
Over a series of exercises colour, shape, balance and context will be explored. Cutting and reassembling images from glossy magazines can also be used to add to each student’s diverse collection of textures, details and surfaces which will be brought together to build large compositions, both individually and collectively, over a full day of creative and experimental art making.
From the creative origins of animation and photographic superimposition through to modern anatomical illustrations and state of the art design techniques this workshop explores the creative possibilities of working with layered transparent drawings to build an image full of both depth and variety.
Ever wished you could look inside someone’s head? Can we peel back the leaves, skin or cover to unmask the true form of a plant, creature or object? Building from the ‘bones’ of your basic prototype what features might you add to your living or inanimate creation?
Using a range of pencils, pen, ink and markers we will work onto separate overlapping sheets of tracing paper to build up our finished image. With texture, tone, line and colour we will bring to life our unique multi-layered design.
Botanical elements, in their many forms and extraordinary beauty, from both exotic and more familiar landscapes, have been a compelling subject of many famous painters, across continents and centuries. From Australia’s own Margaret Olley to Holland’s Van Gogh, flora has always held a fascination for artists.
Used in christian religious images for their symbolism of purity (white lily), fertility (pomegranates), or humility (violet), they reached their zenith as a serious art subject in the Netherlands, in the 1700’s with Jan Brueghel.
Working from a collection of cut flowers, fruits and various leaf forms, complemented by images from Aeoncademy’s own fabulous art library, students will compose their own still life arrangement, from which we will create a lustrous and original oil painting, over a full day.
Early pencil sketches and studies, will enable students to develop a monochromatic first layer, in acrylic on canvas. After drying, we will return with coloured oil paints, to furnish a rich, textured and detailed finish, on our botanical works.
Using the versatile technique of Relief Printmaking create a rich and detailed landscape of the future. Are we in a futuristic jungle? Or a sci-fi city? Is this a vision of Atlantis or are we looking at a Mad Max dystopian future?
Designs can draw from diverse habitats, and different architectures to build multilayered compositions over 3 weeks.
Etching onto Scratchboard printing plates students will first design and print their background scene to be populated over the following 2 weeks with a second layer of printed plates detailing the creatures, structures and objects that inhabit their world.
Orienteer through secret worlds with an Imagination map. Draw upon your memories, stories and experience to devise cartographic details of your own design. You can include invisible ink riddle leading to hidden treasure, unfolding flaps into underground dungeons and mazes… all part of the one big picture! This is a map making workshop like no other.
Gondwana was the ancient supercontinent that Australia broke away from millions of years ago. Most modern Australian plants have their origin in the great ancient landmass of Gondwana. Many of these plants are unique to our country and are strikingly identifiable, like Banksias and Waratahs. Then there are the ancient and awesome giants like the Wollemi Pine (the Dinosaur Tree). In this drawing workshop we will look at both images and actual plants and flowers to base our drawings on. Drawing materials will range from lead pencil, water colour pencils, pen, ink and markers.