Artist gets stu­dents out of com­fort zone

North West Telegraph - - News - Robert Dougherty

Top-of-the-class stu­dents have been given the op­por­tu­nity to work with fa­mous Perth por­trait artist Mark Tweedie to ex­pand their graphic arts skills.

Hed­land Se­nior High School stu­dents with high re­sults in arts across Years 8, 9 and 10 were se­lected and at­tended a por­trai­ture work­shop or­gan­ised by FORM.

The 2018 Black Swan Prize, Blake Prize and the Kil­gour Prize fi­nal­ist said he was run­ning the stu­dents through a se­ries of acrylic-based tech­niques mim­ick­ing his own style of fig­u­ra­tive paint­ings to ex­pand their com­fort zone of art.

“I want the kids to ex­per­i­ment and get out of com­fort zone. . . por­trait can be quite scary but there’s no bad paint­ing, it’s just about pick­ing up skills,” he said. “I have done a work­shop in Septem­ber with the Spinifex Gallery for some last-minute tips be­fore the Hed­land Art Awards and a res­i­dency at Cos­sack last year.”

Hed­land Se­nior High School stu­dents be­ing taught by Perth por­trait artist Mark Tweedie.

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