ROSBY ART WORKSHOP WITH JODY GRAHAM
Expressive Landscapes in Charcoal + Mixed Media
Art Workshop with Jody Graham @ Rosby
WHEN: 9.30am-4.00pm, Saturday 23 + Sunday 24 May 2020
WHERE: Rosby Mud Hut, 122 Strikes Lane, Eurunderee MUDGEE
COST: $245 per student. Includes complimentary lunch with Rosby Wine
TEACHER: Jody Graham
Prepare to unleash your creativity and free the artist within by securing your place in this expressive landscapes workshop. Under the direction of respected artist, Jody Graham, you’ll work with charcoal and mixed media to produce your very own creative masterpiece. Throughout the workshop you’ll explore techniques to extend and develop your creative visual voice. You’ll also learn the art of self-expression as Jody helps you to loosen up and be yourself, regardless of who that might be. Doing so will allow you to draw with more depth and meaning, and ultimately, bring life and energy to your work.
With a focus on landscapes, you’ll spend the first day of the workshop using a range of materials to master some key ‘plein air’ techniques and capture or create a set of interesting pieces. The workshop will be kicked off with a demonstration by Jody of each of the ‘en plein air’ techniques and some insight into the most suitable materials to use along with a few best practice tips. You’ll then practice each of these techniques before heading outdoors. You’ll then work on location in Rosby’s vineyard and amongst the natural surrounds beyond, putting these practical skills into practice and capturing a range of interesting compositions. Day one is dedicated to learning new approaches in observation, drawing and mixed media.
Day two of the workshop will draw on your experiences from day one. Using the skills developed and the ‘plein air’ work acquired during the day prior, you’ll begin work creating an expressive artwork, using a range of materials including charcoal and mixed media.
At the end of the workshop participants will walk away with a better understanding about art materials and how to decide what to draw when working in ‘plein air’. Participants will be better able to connect their ideas and studies with inventive techniques using mixed media, to create an artwork or series of works. This workshop has been carefully curated to ensure the experience is a truly unique and immersive one, one that challenges convention and leaves you feeling inspired to push yourself creatively. It caters to all levels of artistic experience, from beginners wanting to try their hand at something new and have a bit of fun, to proficient artists looking to further develop their skillset. Come alone or bring a few friends, everyone is welcome here at Rosby.
The workshop also offers the ultimate art and wine experience. By building a range of other cultural delights into the workshop, Rosby aspires to offer you a truly holistic experience. This includes country style lunches set against an utterly breathtaking backdrop. You’ll feel very much at one with nature in Rosby’s gorgeously rustic mud hut. Perched upon a hill overlooking the picturesque vineyard, you’ll also be treated to an exclusive wine tasting with the vigneron during the workshop. Accommodation in Rosby’s charming hilltop guesthouse is an optional addition well worth looking into and will certainly complete this incredible artist’s retreat.
About the tutor:
Jody Graham is a highly experienced and accomplished artist, whose work encompasses drawing, mixed media, sculpture, performance and installation. Her work celebrates the broken, displaced and forgotten and speaks to her long-nurtured compulsion to restore and rescue with an anti-consumerist, re-use and re-cycle ethos across her practice.
Drawing is at the core of everything Jody does. She’s been a finalist in a number of major drawing collections including the Kedumba, Dobell, Rick Amor and Adelaide Perry prizes. She’s also had an extensive history participating in other award programs, residencies, and public commissions, including Sculptures at Scenic World, and the Paddington and Parliament painting awards. She was the winner of the Greenway Prize in 2017, and resident artist with Grafton regional gallery in 2018. She has been exhibiting nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions for the past 10 years.
Jody brings with her a wealth of knowledge and offers an exceptional learning environment. Her passion for the arts is contagious and her determination to impart knowledge in an engaging, fun, interactive and supportive setting sets her apart.
Jody has a Masters of Art from UNSW Art and Design and is represented by Lost Bear Gallery and M. Contemporary.
List of materials required to bring:
- A3 sketch pad or similar
- Thick black marker – For example, a sharpie from the hardware
- Compressed charcoal – suggest Faber castell soft, at least 3/4 sticks.
- 4B pencil and sharpening knife
- Hard eraser – (suggest Sennelier Giant Soap Eraser)
- Ink - black or sepia - 50ml Art Spectrum or similar adequate
- A few brushes
- White gesso – small container fine
- Warm white soft pastel – for example - art spectrum
- Masking tape, paper towel, disposal gloves and containers for ink, water etc.
- Easels and board to support paper and bulldog clips to attach paper to board
- A few pieces of better-quality paper – 300gsm or heavier weight, fine/medium or rough tooth paper. Paper can be in an art pad or separate sheets. For example, Arches or Saunders Waterford Watercolour paper 300gsm or heavier.
- For plein air – small portable seat/ hat/ sunscreen/ drinking water
- A few colours of your choice, or whatever you already have in soft pastels and or acrylics and or watercolours.
- Optional - Artliner pen (Lamy pen ink pen or similar, especially if you already own one)
- Optional – Travel watercolour set, including small brush
- Optional - Fixative to spray finished works
Many of the above materials will be available for purchase at the workshop.
- Handouts and reference images
- Sap from trees
- Some coloured pastels
- Viewing windows for ‘plein air’
- Large metal ruler(s) & cutting knife
- Some drawing tools & some supplies to make simple drawing tools, sting etc.
- Board, paper, material to demonstrate (including broken charcoal for rock demonstration)
Additional; Easels + stools are provided, but if you have a special seat the bring that. If you have your own portable (collapsible) side table that may help also. Drink bottle, hat & sunscreen. We will be working undercover, but partly out of doors.
Limited numbers per workshop. Book in early to secure your place.