Absolute beginners art classes 2012
Monthly classes with Brenda Tye
Brenda Tye will teach students the fundamentals of painting, drawing, sculpting, printmaking and more, in these classes designed for beginners. Each month’s class will focus on a different medium and students will take home a finished artwork.
All materials supplied. Booking essential.
Image: Brenda Tye Untitled
Various Fridays and Saturdays in 2012, 1pm
See listing for dates
Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878
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 3 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
You will learn to use graphite both wet and dry, as we explore mark making and basic strokes to build your drawing vocabulary. As your confidence increases, we learn to look for ways to interpret a subject and make decisions through direct observation. By applying your increasing sensitivity to line, tone, texture and composition, you will learn how to convey the subject in your own unique way.
Friday 17 February 2012 1pm – 4pm
Saturday 18 February 2012 1pm – 4pm
Charcoal is the perfect medium to explore tone. We will look at the way other artists have used this most expressive of mediums and then you will make your own work in direct response to the style, subject matter or method demonstrated by these master artists.
Friday 16 March 2012 1pm – 4pm
Saturday 17 March 2012 1pm – 4pm
The colour wheel
This is the perfect workshop for anyone who wants to work with colour in any medium. The colour wheel has been around for many years and while its format changes its unique practical way of demonstrating the importance of colour relationships stands the test of time. We will be making our own wheel from scratch. You will also learn how to see colour from an artist’s point of view, learn to mix and adjust colours to suit your own purpose, and be introduced to basic colour theory.
Friday 20 April 2012 1pm – 4pm
Saturday 21 April 2012 1pm – 4pm
After last month’s colour class you will be ready to construct your own painting, working from still life. We make thumbnail sketches while looking at composition and learning to see tonal relationships. You will learn about using different painting mediums and then create your own version of a still-life study in acrylic paint.
Friday 18 May 2012 1pm – 4pm
Saturday 19 May 2012 1pm – 4pm
Dry point etching
This month we look at the totally unique qualities of dry point etching. We use an etching press to totally transform your drawn marks into a unique set of prints that will demonstrate to you why one of the oldest forms of printing is still so popular with artists and audiences everywhere. (You are free to bring a subject of your choice to draw from or use available resources.)
Friday 15 June 2012 1pm – 4pm
Saturday 16 June 2012 1pm – 4pm
You will make your own design from a drawing of your choice and learn how to translate this into a black-and-white lino print series that can be handcoloured. You will be taught registration, plate preparation, how to safely cut the block and ways to print with both a press and by hand, using a range of papers, so that you can continue printing when you get home. (You are free to bring a subject of your choice to draw from or use available resources.)
Friday 20 July 2012 1pm – 4pm
Saturday 21 July 2012 1pm – 4pm
A beautiful sensual medium, that truly inspires some artists because of its fluid, transparent and free flowing nature. You will learn to make a flat wash, gradated wash, brush control, mark making and complete colour charts while learning about glazing. Before heading into abstraction and completing an experimental composition inspired by both the new techniques and artists you have studied today.
Clay is beautiful to touch and work with and can inspire all your senses. You will learn how to construct basic forms using simple techniques. By starting with an individual design inspired by natural plant forms and structures you will invent your own floral form and then learn how to translate your two-dimensional design into a three-dimensional sculpture. (Remember to bring a box to take your unfired piece home.)
We examine artworks from the Asian collection that demonstrate the incredible beauty and eloquent expressiveness that can be conveyed by empty space combined with the right brushstroke by a master artist. Ink lends itself to experimental techniques very similar in nature to using watercolour. But learning to mix and utilise the many shades between white and black will both challenge and astonish you.
Coloured pencils, ink, watercolour and chalk pastel
We examine the beautiful textures, colours and detail found in botanical art and scientific drawings. We use these to inspire our own versions of history. We make a collection of unique drawings and paintings using ink, watercolour and coloured pencil that we draw together using simple bookbinding techniques to tell individual stories.
Friday 16 November 2012 1pm – 4pm
Saturday 17 November 2012 1pm – 4pm