2 Five Day Nature & Wildlife Workshops
Away with the Birds, any water based medium
Tutor: Paul Margocsy
With the use of watercolour and other water soluble it will enable you not only to paint feathers and fur but to paint attitude, character and photo quality about your subject. You will position your subject, paint the surrounding habitat and give a totally realistic look to your art. It’s a fun workshop and a time to learn how to manage this medium and these wonderful natural creatures. The backgrounds and the “props” of wildlife art are important when you are painting realism. Paul will also show you how to utilise airbrushing as a background technique. You will be shown different ways of tackling this. This workshop will be enthralling, exciting and totally fulfilling; painting nature can be fun!! Open to all comers 18 years and over.
In 1978 Paul became engrossed in wildlife art. After much research into ornithology and through self-taught efforts and experiments he started to get the hang of it. He became a member of “The Wildlife Art Society of Australasia”. Paul was included in a book launch in 1990 featuring 70 of the best living traditional artists in Australia. Australia Post commissioned him in 1991 to do a water bird series of stamps and he was subsequently commissioned by the United Nations to paint a series of endangered species in 1994, which was released in Vienna. Paul has had solo exhibitions in London and Japan, six solo shows in America and two at the exclusive “Raffles” Hotel in Singapore, making his international career blossom. Paul was honoured with a fellow membership to “The Wildlife Art Society of Australasia” for services to the society and wildlife art
Honeyeaters & Flowering Gum in Pencil, Colour Pencil & Graphite
Tutor: Janet Matthews
The subject of this workshop will be honeyeaters and Flowering Gum. Each student will design their own artwork for completion, giving each student the chance to be simple or complex in their design. Each student will have a different artwork, all based on the same subjects. Each day we’ll draw different studies and techniques as well as be working on the designing and completion of the final artwork. Janet will have several poses of two different honeyeaters, the Eastern Spinebill and the New Holland Honeyeater, for students to select for their design. The flowering gum will have several different colour varieties to choose from. Based on references, students will be able to select two or more honeyeaters on a flowering gum of their choice of colour. We’ll learn to draw ants and bees, water drops and leaf imperfections which may be incorporated into the final artwork. Janet teaches with a step by step demonstration and individual guidance and instruction. This workshop is open all-comers 18 years and over.
Janet Matthews is a master of her medium of colour pencil and graphite. Janet’s work has been described as “weaving magic” with a pencil. Her signature style is her combination of colour pencil and graphite, capturing in detail the personality and telling her story through subjects in the natural world. She also runs workshops and classes to share her knowledge and love of colour pencil and graphite. “My art is my passion, especially pencil. I love detail and realism but the story I tell is the most important element of my work Janet has won many awards and accolades with her drawings, being a Fellow of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia and a Fellow of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists. She has a Diploma and a Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts, Monash University.