New Norcia is delighted to host its first Winter Art Workshop. The day is about having fun, learning something new, being creative, and escaping from the hum drum of daily life in the historic and creative atmosphere unique to New Norcia. A fabulous long table lunch is included. Numbers are strictly limited to 15 per workshop so if you are interested book now!!! When purchasing your ticket please indicate which workshop you are booking for.
Choose one of three workshop options.
Workshop One – “Learning Mindful Drawing" with Nyree Taylor – 5 hours
To draw from simplicity does not come easily. Our minds race... sometimes with the stress of day to day living, but we also intellectualise moments that should simply be inhaled and exhaled. Drawing can enable us to slow our minds, learn to let go and be in the present. Just like Pilates or Yoga, you just need tools and a space. This two-part class will teach you how to work with charcoal and connect with your own intuition and creative side. In the morning we will work with a clothed figure model to learn new skills and techniques. In the afternoon, we will start to apply these new skills while drawing from artefacts from New Norcia’s collection. We may even sneak in some ink drawing.
Participants will need to bring a large MDF drawing board (available from Bunnings) and some dog clips .
Workshop Two – “Working with Acrylics” with Shireen Manning – 5 hours
This painting workshop has been designed as an experiment in mixing colours, applying/layering colour upon colour, and shape next to shape to create a finished acrylic painting.
Using a small still life comprising of a fresh flower posy, small ceramic objects and beautiful fabric as inspiration, you will first create a series of quick 'sketches' using pencil and paper to establish an interesting composition, followed by mixing and experimenting with colour. You will then select your best composition and 'draw' it onto your canvas using diluted acrylic paint and brushes.
After lunch, we will begin in earnest - creating to your hearts' content...to take home an acrylic still-life painting onto a small stretched canvas. Please bring a smock/apron to protect clothing. Material fees $60.00 for a stretched canvas 200mm square on a pine frame, a pack of 4 acrylic brushes and paper. Please pay Shireen
Workshop Three – Morning “Hand Clay Modelling” with Shabbi – 2.5 hours
A way of being with clay - we will enjoy the feel of the damp earth and to realise we can create a simple Japanese inspired pinched tea bowl, a functional hand built bowl and a slab formed dish, all with very few tools, enthusiasm and our hands. The required tools, clay etc will be supplied but if you have a loved doily or piece of lace, this could be pressed in to clay to create a yesterday feel to your dish. All materials included.
Afternoon – “Flower Posy Making” with Nicky Brennan – 2.5 hours
Do you love flowers? Do you want to learn how to make them look as beautiful as they should?
Join Nicky from Rustic Events in this fun, hands-on workshop. She will teach you the basic techniques for making a spiral hand-tied posy. No floristry skills are needed, as you will be taught all the tricks and tips on how to create, wrap and care for your posy. All materials and fresh flowers are provided and you will take home your own beautiful creation. Enjoy an afternoon of learning, laughs and creativity.