Abstract Expressionism Workshop at Rosby
WHEN: 9.30am-4.00pm, Saturday 26 + Sunday 27 October 2019
WHERE: Rosby Mud Hut, 122 Strikes Lane, Eurunderee MUDGEE
COST: $235 per student. Includes basic materials + lunch with Rosby Wines
TEACHER: Peter Griffen
Abstract Expressionism encourages artists to reinvent the wheel, offering a sense of freedom and encouraging the use of exciting colours and techniques such as scraping and collaging. This 2-day workshop aims to encapsulate the movement. With no images in mind marks will be made, colours put down, shapes created, and lines taken for a walk. There will be total freedom to express oneself.This class offers a great intro for students and is open to beginners.
Widely regarded as the golden age of American art, Abstract Expressionism emerged in the 40s and flourished in the 50s, offering freedom of expression for artists such as Pollock and de Kooning who dared to reinvent the wheel, and painting as we knew it. The use of richly coloured canvases, collaging, scraping, splashing, glazing and other such techniques was highly encouraged.
Demonstrations will be made and participants will be free to proceed at their own pace, pursuing their own ideas, with individual help to be provided as needed. 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.
The workshop 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 intending to further develop their skillset. This workshop is not trying to convert people to abstraction, but instead hoping participants are helped to find their own individual way of working.
About the tutor:
Peter Griffen was carefully handpicked by the team at Rosby. He is a highly experienced and accomplished artist, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and an exceptional learning environment. Peter’s passion for the arts is contagious and his determination to impart knowledge in an engaging, fun, interactive and supportive setting sets him apart.
The art of Peter Griffen is influenced as much by the classical painting of the Renaissance as by the serendipity of abstract expressionism. Indigenous art from different parts of the world (in particular Australia) and its relationship to the natural landscape influence his work also, producing powerful abstract images that speak from the past. Peter Griffen's manifesto says that he believes that to make discoveries risks have to be taken and the traveller must get lost. He says a well planned journey can only lead to an already known destination. And at some stage the painting must go out of control.Secure your place in this new and highly anticipated art adventure and prepare to unleash your creativity, freeing the artist within!
Participants Materials List:
- Acrylic Paint (smaller amounts are OK): White 500ml, Black 250ml, “Warm” yellow 250ml, “Cool” yellow 250ml, “Warm” red 250ml, “Cool” red 250ml, “Warm” blue 250ml, “Cool” blue 250ml, (Pthalo green, Dioxine purple and Orange, if possible)
· Derivan polymer gloss varnish 500ml
- Brushes: A range of very fine to broad(6cm approx)
-Paper: At least 20 sheets of cartridge paper, approx. 60x40 cm
- Other: Spatula, Bucket, Small plastic containers, Rags and/or paper towels, Scissors and/or Stanley knife
Extras (not compulsory)
- Anything else that you wish to use such as:
Found objects, old magazines, etc., for collage
Other acrylic paints, Pencils, Artist paper, Charcoal, Canvases, tape, Small paint rollers, Crayons, Mouth atomizer, Pastel, Trowel, Pens and inks, Modelling compound, Gesso
Some of the above materials list will be available for purchase at the workshop.
Limited numbers per workshop. Book in early to secure your place.