Denis Clarke will conduct a workshop on “Bold and Expressive: Mixed Media From Life” on Saturday 4th March 2017.
Denis Clarke at Ku-ring-gai Art Society,
“Bold and Expressive: Mixed Media From Life”
In this course I will introduce some diversions from habitual ways we look and draw from a subject. Methods might be challenging and awkward on purpose so as to get your thinking more attuned to a practice of learning to see form and space.
Matisse proclaimed that to see things fresh and as if for the first time, “as if with the eye of a child” was a constant effort. Drawing is an ongoing dialogue in which you are being encouraged to suspend disbelief so as to encourage all the senses to respond. The sense of touch or imagined sense of touch seems to be as present in all good drawing as the sense of sight. Clumsiness and refinement, accident and control, may interchange in the process.
The otherness or impact of nature seems to be our ongoing goal to a realization of a meaningful statement in a mix of drawing media as well as paint.
- Drawing Media – Quantity per person
- 3 sticks Willow Charcoal – Thick
- 1 stick of black Compressed Charcoal [Faber Castel] – soft or very soft
- 1 cardboard blending stump for tone.
- 2B, 4B & 6B Pencils
- White Plastic Eraser
- Oil pastels Off White, yellow ochre, orange,grey, indian red. [Holbein are OK, Senelier better.]
- Chalk Pastels – off white, prussian blue, Australian red gold Recommend -Art Spectrum [Rembrandt or Schminke ]
- Range of Twigs from a Gum Tree roughly broken
OX hair or Nylon Brush for Ink Wash –approx 2.5 cm wide.
- 2 Hog hair brushes No8, No 12 mix flat and round per student.
- INK BLACK and BURNT SIENNA. I recommend Art Spectrum Water Resistant. One container of each black and burnt sienna
- 1container for water and 1 plate and palett
- Prussian blue and burnt sienna water colour eg Cotman tubes.
- Other water colours/ gouache / or acrylics optional such as : yellow ochre, indian red, Aust Sienna, transparent red oxide, Prussian blue, yellows
- 5x A1 size,Cartridge Paper[125 to 160gsm ]
- 5x A2 cartridge [150gsm ] per student
- Better quality watercolour papers eg Stonehenge, Fabriano, 150 or 300gsm are good quality for mixed media drawing. Depending on budget ONE or TWO piece from ONE of the brands above
Reference photos of trees, A4 size copy prints. Denis will also have reference material available.
After completing a Diploma in Art Education at the National Art School and Alexander Mackie College in Sydney in 1975, Denis Clarke was awarded the NSW Travelling Art Scholarship and Moya Dyring residency at the Cite International des Arts in Paris. As a student he exhibited at Macquarie Galleries and Bondi Pavillion in Sydney. He progressed to postgraduate studies in London at the St Martins School of Art, Byam Shaw and Morley College and set up a studio in north London.
From 1975 to 1998, Denis lived, exhibited and taught in London and Switzerland, teaching at the Camden School of Art, London and exhibiting most notably in London at Gillian Jason Gallery, Boundary Gallery and three one-man shows at James Colman Gallery at Montpelier Sandelson, Knightsbridge.
In 1998 Denis returned to live and paint in Sydney, where he exhibited with the Harris Courtin Gallery in Sydney. In 2003 he was awarded the Blackfriars Drawing Acquisitive. He has collaborated with several premier arts organizations such as Opera Factory in London and Switzerland, Warwickshire Arts Festival in the UK, and most recently as the artist in residence at Wollombi Valley Arts Council.
Denis has lectured at the National Art School, Sydney Australia, for ten years, and runs master classes and summer schools at the Mitchell School of Art, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, the McGregor School, University of Southern Queensland, Cooee Bay Artists Camp, Yapoon, Queensland and National Art School short courses.
He is represented in private and public collections in Europe and Australia, including Macquarie University, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Fitzwilliam College Cambridge and Lloyds of London.
You can book this workshop online via this KAS website. http://ourkas.com.au/news/workshops/
Any inquiries please contact Anne Carpenter on 0411 034 413