Abstract ART LAB Workshop



People often say I am prolific in my work and wonder how I go from geometric to highly sculptural paintings. It boils down to two words: Multidisciplinary art! 

The ART LAB is a multidisciplinary view of abstract art led by a playful curious heart. Using a rotating station experience (a bit like speed dating & sushi train) this workshop takes a close look at using printmaking, painting, collaging to create an interesting modern vision and new forms of expression.

Led from the explorers mindset – well said by master abstract painter Helen Frankenthaler."I'd rather risk an ugly surprise than rely on things I know I can do... Art has a will of its own... You have to know how to use the accident, how to recognise it, how to control it, and ways to eliminate it so that the whole surface looks felt and born all at once."

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People often say I am prolific in my work and wonder how I go from geometric to highly sculptural paintings. It boils down to one words: Multidisciplinary art! My ideas are on an endless flow with the help of this process. I don't see boundaries, and I have learned to constantly surprise myself. We live in an age where we seek new art forms beyond the expected. We want to be surprised and this is where multi-disciplinary art comes in.

Multidisciplinary art is often experimental led by a playful curious heart. Exploring is the key to making great art and in this workshop we will use a "speed date/sushi train" style work flow to get to the the art of playing without expectation. The ART LAB (PRINT, PAINT, CUT, PLAY) leverages the art of playing outside of the traditional painting experience. In this workshop I walk you through a playful process of printmaking, painting, cutting, collaging and assemblage. You will walk away with a breath of fresh air in your artwork, and see things differently. Ultimately developing your own unique style ~ fostering individuality and creativity.

Any fears you have (YEP, I get them too!) will be cast aside with all the laughs we'll have so you can get to the fun of creating meaningful work that connects with the soul. You won't even notice that your inner self critic was even there. Your intuition will win, and you will be creating from a whole new point of view. 

In this 3.5 hour workshop you will learn how to:

Create your own at home ART LAB: A Multidisciplinary approach to making art, using a "speed dating style" approach. Learn the foundations for playing with abstract ideas into play through basic monoprinting, (overview into screen printing), painting layers, cutting ideas, collaging work for finished framed work. This process will teach you how to create an abundance of ideas and give old ideas a fresh look.This workshop is appropriate for all levels. All these techniques can be applied to further enhance your skills as a painter, whether you‘re a beginner or more accomplished painter. Participants will have an opportunity for personal Q & A. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. The workshop will be held in Michele’s favourite art supply studio (in Huntingdale) and limited to 6 spots.Materials and supplies will be provided.

FOOD: There will be light snack and beverages provided, but you're welcome to bring something if you like.

SUPPLIES: No supplies required, but feel free to bring in any art supplies you currently enjoy working with. Supplies can also be purchased on day!

HOMEWORK: Look at the PRO TIP section to see what homework I recommend bringing to the workshop. It's not compulsory, but will give you a slight edge. ;-)

HEADPHONES & MUSIC: optional! If you love to paint to music, you will have opportunity to use headphones and beat to your own drum. ;-)

SUPPLIES included: 

> Charcoal, brushes, my toolbox 

> Sketchbook 

> Paint (acrylic based) & medium 

> Paper (A4 or A3 size in 320 gsm)*my favorite is Canson Cotton Mixed Media | Dual Surface 

> Ink (optional) 

> Printmaking materials

Supplies can also be purchased on day if you're so inspired to do more!

PRO TIP: You’ll get more out of the workshop if you can bring any inspiration to work from. See homework to bring. 

HOMEWORK TO BRING: Gather inspiration that interests you. Photos, tears from magazines, references to favourite artists, colour chips from bunnings, sketches from your own work, anything that you are already inspired by that you can show on the day. This is something I use everyday. 

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