Peter Griffen workshops 2014
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 (detail)
Various Fridays-Sundays in 2014
See listing for details
Per class with life model:
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. Not negotiable.
Duration 2 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Drawing the figure, varying the approach
Working with a life model for most of the first day, inventive drawing approaches using various media (pencils, pastels, charcoal, etc) will be encouraged. Using painting, collaging and more drawing on the second day, these preparatory studies will be worked on and developed to create imaginative responses to the figure. Anatomical accuracy will not be an issue. Participants will experience a situation that will allow for free thinking and unlimited experimentation.
Workshop dates: Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 February, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Friday 21 February 2014 11am – 1pm
Totally abstract BOOKED OUT
Inspired by the abstract work on display in the Art Gallery of NSW, including the art of Sol LeWitt, participants will be free to paint in both a responsive and an inventive way. Various techniques will be demonstrated: expressive brush work, splashing, dripping, collage, etc. Colourful images will be 'discovered’ – perhaps they will be pure abstract or somewhat representational, depending on the serendipity of the process.
Workshop dates: Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 June, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Friday 13 June 2014 11am – 1pm
Faces and figures BOOKED OUT
Coinciding with the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize exhibition, free form responses to the human form will be encouraged. Working from a model on Saturday in the studio, many preparatory works will be made. The works will then be continued on Sunday. Imagination will be of the essence and achieving a likeness will not be that important.
Workshop dates: Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 August, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Friday 1 August 2014 11am – 1pm
In and out of abstraction
In anticipation of the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial, calligraphic mark-making will be the way in to abstraction. Pens, pencils, pastels, charcoal and the like will be used both for carefully made marks and for scribbling, depending on the mood. 'Doodling’ will be encouraged Working in the realms of pure abstraction, participants may move into representation or vice versa. Image-making will be at the border of intuition and conscious thought, relying on both.
Workshop dates: Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 November, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Friday 7 November 2014 11am – 1pm