Ballarat Autumn 2021
6th – 11th April 2021View Event
I was raised on faery stories and horror stories….often not a lot of difference between them when you really think about it.
My work has evolved from a childhood that was filled with imaginative play and has been influenced by countless artists and writers
who have fuelled my imagination and inspired me to embrace my personal creative vision. In my head, I’m still the nine year old who
used to leave small pieces of cake in the garden for any faeries who might be passing through. I also have a particular fondness for monsters.
My work (both 2 & 3 dimensional) is grounded in a love of drawing, traditional media and processes, and story-telling.
I have worked as a figurative sculptor since 1994 and recently returned to University to pursue my lifelong love of illustration,
gaining a degree in Visual Communication Design. I am currently undertaking a Masters Degree in Visual Art & Creative Practice,
while working on my first picture book and teaching several classes in drawing and illustration Design at the University of South Australia.
For designers and artists, drawing is an invaluable tool for visualising ideas. The spontaneous marks made on paper during the drawing process form a visual record of the artists’ thinking. Drawing is a language that allows for multiple interpretations and stimulates the production of new ideas and alternative solutions to visual problems. By drawing and looking, artists and designers find visual analogies and discover new possibilities for their artwork based on the configurations present in their sketches.
This course introduces students to a number of drawing processes and techniques, using primarily botanical and organic objects as subject matter, and employing a variety of materials including inks, dyes, graphite, charcoal and collage materials.
Explorations include: the fundamental principles of design, mark making, continuous line and ‘blind’ drawing, drawing from observation, exploring line and tone to represent form and create volume, mono printing, abstraction, meditative or ‘freeform’ drawing, creating drawing surfaces, and keeping a visual journal to stay motivated and engaged with drawing as part of creative practice.
The course is suitable for everyone, regardless of drawing experience or lack thereof. Curiosity and a willingness to experiment and play is a must!