We are delighted to have the Taiwanese contemporary dancers “Dancecology” come and dance - just for us! We will be in the main foyer area and these beautiful dancers, under the direction of Elizabeth Cameron Dalman, will respond to our requests for slow or fast dancing to enable us to capture the movement and graceful motions of these talented performers.
The summer solstice celebration at Mirramu this year includes performances by the beautiful Taiwanese dance group Dancecology and by Elizabeth Cameron Dalman.
For Thursday December 13th sketch club please bring large sheets of paper, with backing board if necessary, so that you can use sweeping lines of drawing of capture the moment. Ten easels and backing boards are available at the Centre or you may have a table easel of your own to bring along. It is easier to draw dancers on an easel rather than a flat desk. Bring with you charcoal or other soft pencils/dry media. Members are also permitted to take photos for future reference so bring your camera along. Following this class, those who wish are invited to join together for a lunch at a close by café.
The Sketch Club will meet in the foyer of the Belconnen Arts Centre on Thursdays at 10:00am, and finish at 1:00pm. Morning tea is available at the Centre.
This group has been instigated to provide a relaxed venue for artists wishing to simply spend time with other creative souls and draw together. All are welcome and there is no tuition, but local artist Judi Power Thomson will coordinate this group and is happy to assist where needed.
Participants to bring along what they need to draw with – the Centre also has seven easels for use.
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Each week a new subject or technique is discussed, sometimes with a demonstration, and you are encouraged to try these new things. However, you can always draw anything you like from your own subject material, in any way you like.
Depending on the weather, we may be drawing outdoors taking advantage of the beautiful location of the Belconnen Arts Centre. When drawing indoors, participants share ideas and/or work from their own photographic material or a subject set up in the foyer. This group has been going for nearly two years and covers figure and portrait drawing, still life and landscapes and everything in between.
No need to register - just come along and have fun!
20th September, 2012
As Spring seems to have sprung, there are many beautiful flowers and blossoms bursting out in all colours, sizes and varieties. Bring in something from your garden to draw while remembering previous lessons in shading, foregrounds and backgrounds. Some attractive vases will be provided.
27th September, 2012
DESIGN AND COMPOSITION
There will be a group discussion on what makes a painting or drawing sit well on the picture plane and how to use these elements in your own drawing. Please bring in a photo to work from or some subject matter to “compose”. You will need preferably an A3 size sketch book and some dry drawing media.
4th October, 2012
This week the BAC Artists in Residence, the Hilal Dancers with international dance artist Suraya Hilal, will dance for us while we try to capture the movement and motion on paper with quick, sweeping lines. These are Egyptian dancers with lots of colour so perhaps bring along some coloured pencils as well as charcoal and graphite – whatever you fancy. You will find it easier to capture the motion on larger sheets of paper, or A3 sketchbook. Bring your camera along if you wish to continue with your drawing at home.
11th October, 2012
CREATING FORM BY SHADING
There will be a demonstration of different techniques of shading and how to achieve lights and darks without getting too heavy. This applies to landscapes, figures or objects. Bring along your own material to work from, hard and soft pencils such as 2H, 4H, 2B, a ruler and pencil rubber and your sketch book.
18th October, 2012
Our model will dress as Miss Fisher from the TV programme “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” in 1920’s style. If you wish to use an easel to draw, please bring in a strong backing board and paper clips to hold your paper up. A mixture of light and dark graphite pencils will give interesting results. Following this, members of the class can do quick five minute sketches of each other.
25th October, 2012
FAVOURITE PAINTING or DRAWING
Bring in your favourite painting (or image of it – it might be one of the great masters) and tell others why you like it. Then select a painting from those brought in by others and sketch it in pencil or charcoal.
1st November, 2012
A talk and demonstration will be given on one and two point perspective, to help you better understand those street scenes and interior drawings. Please bring in your own subject matter from which to work.
8th November, 2012
IN PICASSO’S FOOTSTEPS
This week we will distort attractive figures and turn them into Picasso style line drawings with large thighs and buttocks, etc. We will superimpose one over the other taking into account previous design and composition elements. A good source of material to draw from are the women’s magazines or fashion brochures, such as Myers.
15th November, 2012
If you have a drawing or painting at home that is simply not working, bring it in. Get positive feedback and constructive criticism through group discussion on overall design and ways to improve this work. Following this there will be general drawing of any subject.
22nd November, 2012
BIG PICTURE- SMALL FOCUS
This week we will draw a simple outline of the whole subject and select a small part of it to accentuate the detail. Artist Gavin Playfair does this very well with his wildlife drawings. Bring with you a flower or close-up photo of any person, place or object where you can clearly see the detail, from which to work.
29th November, 2012
Different ways of bringing the foreground closer and pushing the background into the distance. Bring a photo or other subject matter to work from.
6th December, 2012
PATTERNS AND MOTIFS
We will look at ways to incorporate these into your drawings. Bring in your own subject material to draw from and select areas that would be enhanced by repeated pattern such as a shawl over the shoulder, the trunk of a tree, side of a building or roof of a house. This will add a touch of the unusual to a plain drawing. Perhaps ‘google’ artists Margaret Woodward and Ann Bagby.
13th December, 2012
BACKGROUND AND NEGATIVE SPACE
This week we will show you one way to solve that background problem simply and easily. We will work with a figurative subject but this can be applied to most things. You will need your drawing materials as well as a coloured broad felt tip pen. An A3 pad or butcher paper is recommended to allow yourself space to move and create.
20th December, 2012
We will have lots of fun this week by first making figures out of plasticine and then stretching them and drawing the shapes created. This is good discipline for elongating figures in your own contemporary work while making sure that the human body is still in the correct proportions.
Gold Coin donations welcome to assist with on-going costs of the program.
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