Peter Griffen workshops 2013
Weekend painting workshops at the artist's studio
Join Peter Griffen in his studio for a weekend of hands-on experimental, abstract and semi-abstract painting. Many acrylic painting techniques will be demonstrated, with a particular emphasis on composition, line, strong colour and collage. Simple projects will be set and participants will be encouraged to work at their own rate and in their own way, allowing themselves to be guided by the painterly effects that they produce. Intuition, self-expression and individuality will be encouraged.
Meet Peter in the member’s lounge at the Gallery at 11am on the Friday and go on a journey of discovery around the Gallery, where Peter will highlight specific key works of interest relating to the workshop activities. This will finish at about 1pm. The workshop times at the Leichhardt studio on Saturday and Sunday are 9.30am – 4pm.
Morning tea, prepared on the premises, will be served, followed later by a gourmet lunch with wine.
Acrylic paint, brushes and acid-free cartridge paper are supplied. Participants may bring their own brushes, canvases and paper if they wish. Aprons are available.
Image: Peter Griffen’s studio
Various Fridays-Sundays in 2013
See listing for details
For classes with life models:
Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878
Fridays 11am – 1pm, weekends 9.30am – 4.30pm
Studio address supplied with ticket
Please inform us of any dietary requirements
Three full working days (Mon–Fri) notice is required to qualify for a refund. All refunds attract an administration charge of 25% of the ticket price(s) with a minimum charge of $5. With subscription tickets there are no refunds for single sessions, unless a session is cancelled. Not negotiable.
Duration 2 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
In the spirit of Francis Bacon
Participants are asked to bring photographs of people; someone important, someone close or a friend would be best. In the spirit of Bacon these photos will be crumpled, ripped, splashed and repaired, and then used to paint from. Distortion will be encouraged. 'Bacon-like’ images may not be achieved but working from his inspiration will lead to inventive results. Instead of portraits, participants may chose other subject matter if they wish. The same approaches will be encouraged.
Workshop dates: Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 February, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Friday 22 February 2013 11am – 1pm
Working from the model on the first day, participants will be encouraged to paint or draw with uninhibited freedom. Although the search for a likeness is seen to be important, the emphasis will be on making strong investigative paintings. Learning will come from producing unexpected results, unique to each participant.
These works will then be further developed on the second day. The model will not be present and so sketches, finished paintings and photographs from the first day will be important to aid the memory.
Workshop dates: Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 May, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Friday 17 May 2013 11am – 1pm
Levels of abstraction
By creating lines, interesting for their own sake, enjoying variation in width, direction, speed of application and so on, participants will find their way into the world of abstraction. Freedom in the use of colour and collage will be encouraged. Demonstrations of free form dripping, splashing and pushing the paint around with brushes, spatulas and rags will help introduce new ideas and establish confidence. Subtle representation may occur and so the results will most probably stray from the 'pure’ abstract. A sense of 'source’ will be looked for.
Workshop dates: Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 October, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Friday 11 October 2013 11am – 1pm
Each morning it is envisaged that all work will be done in a park close to the studio. Various en plein air approaches will be demonstrated, but the participants’ responses to the immediate environment will be their own. Exact representation will not necessarily be encouraged. Depicting a feeling for what is seen will be most important and obtained by, for example, the incorporation of the imaginative use of colour and free expression. In the afternoon, participants will return to the studio to finish off, or to create more work, inspired by the morning’s experiences. A few easels will be available but participants are asked to bring a portable easel if they have one. Alternatively, in the field, studies can also be made on the ground or on a small table (not supplied).
Workshop dates: Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 November, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Friday 8 November 2013 11am – 1pm