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This new workshop from Denis revolves around capturing the structure, rhythm, texture and feel of tree forms and relaying these elements into lively spacial compositions in mixed media on quality paper. Initial exercises will include working from plant forms in the class in order to revise drawing principals and free mixed media techniques. As we progress we will work from specially chosen A4 photos of trees supplied by the teacher.[You may also like to bring your own reference photos or indeed work drawings]. You will be encouraged to observe the tree closely in order to interpret its dramatic potential for inspiring mark making. You will then create a main composition, series or triptych exploring abstract values such as , transparency, overlapping, colour, texture, negative space and movement. Demonstrations will be given in the use of charcoal, inks, pastel, wax resist, water colour etc to examine physical use of media. Expect to have fun learning how to free up with layering media, experimenting with accident and keeping an eye on underlying linear structure. Weather permitting, outdoor research will be encouraged from interesting trees.

Denis Clarke is an established artist who has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally. His work is characterised by expressive use of colour, movement and intense drawing from everyday subjects. He lectures in drawing at several art schools and universities including the National Art School, Sydney. He is known for his innovative approach in linking observational drawing to creative and experimental methods with drawing and painting media. He is represented in public collections including The Art Gallery of NSW, Lloyds of London and has been the recipient of major awards including The NSW Travelling Art Scholarship and The Cite International des Arts Studio Paris. He is currently represented by The Stanley Street Gallery, Sydney.

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