Abstract Painting Party
You and your party goers will learn colour mixing techniques and a variety of paint application techniques to create a sense of colour, tone, texture, and rhythm in this exciting painting workshop! You will learn about artists such as Pollock, Miro, Tom Thomson and more, looking at their artwork for inspiration. The level of challenge will be adapted to children of different ages.
Create self portraits or portraits of your party guests from observation, learning to use basic facial proportion measurements and pencil drawing techniques. The level of challenge will be adapted to children of different ages.
Mixed Media Musical Instruments Party
In this mixed media workshop you will build musical instruments using a variety of materials, some new and some recycled. We will look at Picasso’s guitar, djembe drums and other contemporary and ancient instruments for inspiration). The level of challenge will be adapted to children of different ages.
Our painting process is affected consciously or subconsciously by the sound (also light and smell, but that is for another class). Vigorous, dramatic music can make the brush dance across the canvas or move slowly and languidly emulating a melancholy and doleful sound. We will first explore these effects in monochrome to reflect the movement only. The introduction of colour (which too can be happy, sad or indifferent) will create a more complex image. Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is a good example of a composer influenced by paintings. Each participant will have an opportunity to discuss his/her own reaction and choice of design and colour.
There are photos on your phone or in your wallet that you keep, and love looking at. Those may be images of your loved one, scenes from your travels, or remind you of an important moment in time. What ever the case, this workshop gives you an opportunity to turn this image into a painting. You will be guided by an experienced instructor/practicing artist, through the process of making that happen. A lot of personal attention and gentle instruction/feedback will be provided.
We start drawing before we even learn to speak. Drawing comes so easily to a child, yet as adults we somehow forget how to be that child. This workshop will attempt to awaken in you that childish joy and fun while teaching you some basic drawing skills and approaches. An experienced instructor/practicing artist will guide you through the process by providing instruction along with personal attention and gentle feedback.
Most people remember the pleasure that simple “finger-painting" can provide for a young child. This workshop will not take you back to finger-painting, but it will bring back the fun and joy that comes from mixing and applying paint. You will learn how to mix and apply paint, and how to see and understand tones and colours in order to produce an original painting from observation.
Let’s take a trip to the world of abstraction together. What’s up with that anyways? Why a single colour painting in a museum can command such high price? We will try to find those answers together by learning some basic steps in the process of creating an abstract painting. You will be guided by an experienced abstract artist/art instructor on this fascinating journey, which is guaranteed to open your eyes to the whole different world of perception and thinking.