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.
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.
Drawing inspiration from the tradition of Surrealist painting we’ll take a flight of fancy through a landscape where elusive forms are glimpsed through layers of mist.
The depth and lustre of oil paints will add a wonderful dimension to these images as we employ the centuries old technique of glazing to create layer upon layer of textured and toned cloud forms.
After sketching our initial composition within which an object or figure is shrouded in clouds we will work to build a ‘sky’ foundation with a detailed foreground to be covered in a series of glazed cloud layers; revealing a tantalizing part of our hidden treasure.
Creative Catalyst students enjoy the full spectrum of Visual Arts experiences including this unique printmaking technique. Collagraphs enable us to employ all the materials and design possibilities of collage with an intaglio technique which highlights the wonderful textures and forms created.
From collected grasses, leaves and seeds and a variety of other found or crafted materials such as: paper cut outs, lace or string we will embellish an individually shaped backing board with our own forest landscape. Once sealed and dry will will apply ink and then wipe away the excess from the upper surfaces of our collagraph plate ready to print onto lovely, thick, softened printing paper.
Intaglio printing is a style in which the deepest part of the printed material holds the ink, as opposed to relief printing – which functions similarly to a stamp. In producing Intaglio collographs, students will begin exploring this unique artistic technique that is still used today for banknotes and bearer bonds, and holds enormous artistic potential.
If a picture paints a thousand words then a portrait of a pet is a lavish love sonnet.
Pivotal to our human evolutionary journey – our ancestors rendered their faithful hounds on cave walls. Amongst the most beautiful of the Egyptian sculptures are those of their revered feline companions and many pretty pennies were spent by Europe’s aristocracy to preserve a favourite pooch on canvas.
Working from a photo of your favourite pet or from images of your ‘dream pet’ – an elephant? a unicorn? a dragon? a falcon? we will build a fabulous portrait over a full day.
Early pencil sketches and studies will enable us 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 Pet’s Portrait.