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Do you have an interest in learning the basics of drawing, painting and design or would you like to refresh or improve your understanding on the 7 ELEMENTS of ART?

Entering into The Garden of Eden you will go on to enjoy a series of 7 workshops covering the 7 elements of Art, specifically designed for those of you who WANT to learn the basics of drawing, painting and design, even if you don't believe you have a 'creative bone in your body'. I guarantee you WILL find that you do.

Irrelevant of talent, technical skill, or ability, these workshops will give you the confidence and practical knowledge to confidently apply the 7 elements of Art to all your creative pursuits in a non judgemental and fun environment. You will develop your very own unique individual mark making signature, gaining confidence and appreciation in visually expressing it whilst reaching your own creative goals.

Each workshop begins with a slide show of relevant artworks/artists that resonates strongly with the element being explored. This will give you a broader understanding of how each element CAN actually be translated into a visual expression of your own imagination and choosing. It will also give you endless inspiration and ideas.

Each 3 1/2 hr workshop will be held on Saturday mornings (11am – 2:30pm) at a cost of $30 per workshop, or a one off payment at a 10% discounted rate for $189 for all seven workshops.

Workshop 1: LINE - 23rd March 2019 & 27th July 2019

The most fundamental mark making element used in every other element of the art making process. These Workshops explore "line" and discover how it can be used in its most simple form and expanded upon to create complex drawings, compositions and sculpture.

Workshop 2: SHAPE - 4th May 2019 & 10th Aug 2019
These workshops teach participants to distinguish & recognise shape in everything from the most basic to most complex objects or life forms. Learning this basic skill gives a foundation to build upon in transforming basic sketches into realistic art works. You will be surprised at how this skill inspires & gives confidence to tackle many varied projects and/or art mediums.

Workshop 3: SPACE - 18th May 2019 & 24th Aug 2019
In this workshop participants learn about understanding SPACE and the relationships things have with each other in order to create impressive compositions. It also delivers a great tool to express their ‘intention, to create ‘atmosphere’ and/or ‘impact’ in image making. Understanding Negative SPACE, positive SPACE, Distance, Perspective, and learning the many tips and tricks and techniques to give the ‘illusion of space’ or ‘statement’ adds boldness, confidence and strength in artworks.

Workshop 4: VALUE - 1st June 2019 & 7th Sept 2019
This workshop teaches how “VALUE” dramatically enhances or detracts in image making. It helps define form, create spatial and atmospheric illusions, textures, contrasts & many other effects in confident artwork. This workshop gives participants a clear understanding of this fundamental concept, and how to apply it. It gives a guaranteed sense of achievement in reaching any artistic goal whilst adding a real sense of confidence and value to any artwork.

Workshop 5: FORM - 15th June 2019 & 28th Sept 2019
Everything has FORM. In this workshop we explore a dynamic world of art making experiences, discovering a plethora of recyclable materials in order to understand the concept of FORM through sculpture. In addition, we learn the skill of creating 3 dimensional forms on 2 dimensional planes. We touch on analytical FORM, a skill describing the elements and principles of art working together, all giving us a greater understanding to both making art and art appreciation.

Workshop 6: TEXTURE - 29th June 2019 & 12th Oct 2019
This workshop discovers the joy of visually translating the ‘fascinating world of tactile textures’ and/or, adding an actual tangible quality into, or onto our art. Using mediums and clever techniques learnt in the elements of art thus far covered, we create an assortment of textured aesthetics from which we can draw upon to add to the mood, feel or look of our artistic objectives, resulting in a real ‘wow’ factor. Achieving a visual of a fragile transparent water droplet sitting on an opaque velvety succulent, is an incredibly satisfying skill to have.

Workshop 7: COLOUR - 13th July 2019 & 26th Oct 2019
COLOUR – Looking at the colour wheel we learn basic colour theory. We look at how light, shadow, reflections and other factors affect colour and why these factors need consideration when colour mixing. We delve a little into the meanings and perceptions of colour, and how colour can communicate various messages and moods in our work. Understanding this element will hone our observational skills and give greater confidence in realizing artistic ideas.

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Element 6 - "TEXTURE" - "Art is the elimination of the unnecessary" - Pablo

This workshop discovers the joy of visually translating the ‘fascinating world of tactile textures’ and/or adding an actual tangible quality into or onto our art. Using mediums and clever techniques learnt in the elements of art thus far covered, we create an assortment of textured aesthetics from which we can draw upon to add to the mood, feel or look of our artistic objectives, resulting in a real ‘wow’ factor.

Element 7 - "COLOUR" - "A good painting is true to itself " - Edouard Manet

Looking at the colour wheel we learn basic colour theory. We look at how light, shadow, reflections and other factors affect colour and why these factors need consideration when colour mixing. We delve a little into the meanings and perceptions of colour, and how colour can communicate various messages and moods in our work. Understanding this element will hone our observational skills and give greater confidence in realizing artistic ideas.

The 7 Elements of Art - LINE - "Art is a line around your thoughts" - G. Klimt

Workshop 1: LINE - 23rd March 2019 & 27th July 2019 In this first workshop folk will learn the most fundamental mark making element – LINE an element used in every other element of the art making process. These Workshops explore "line" and discover how it can be used in its most simple form and expanded upon to create complex drawings, compositions and sculpture. Bring yourself, and whatever mark making materials you have. If you do not have any you can buy a starter pack from me for $25. Starter Pack: • Journal Studymate Premium Clear PP A4 Sketch Book • 5 x Pencils = HB, 2B, 4B, 6B and 8B • Staedtler Charcoal Sticks – 2 x Willow sticks, 2B hard, 4B medium and 6B soft. • Faber-Castell PVC-free Eraser • Faber-Castell Kneadable Eraser Grey (The eraser comes with a plastic storage box so you can keep it protected) • Mont Marte Pastel & Charcoal Blenders x 1 large, 1 x small • Fine liner 0.8mm x 1 and 1 x 1.5mm Artliner I look forward to seeing you there as you begin a new journey into creativity. Artmaking is making the invisible, visible - Marcel Duchamp

Element 5 - "FORM" - "Creativity takes Courage" - Henri Matisse

An easy and relaxed day to give you the opportunity to work on any project/s you have on the go ... to come and be inspired ... or discuss and resolve any questions you may have.

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