Artist’s workshops are a time to play
Getting loose and experimenting is what established New Zealand artist Sue Graham will be encouraging during her first ever Putaruru workshops.
The Waitahanui based artist, who has clients throughout the world, is set to run two watercolour workshops on Saturday, July 29 from 1pm until 4pm and on Sunday, July 30 from 10am until 4pm.
Graham, who has over 20 years’ experience in teaching, said she was looking forward to meeting Putaruru locals during the workshops which will be held in renowned Putaruru artist and Graham’s longtime friend, Fiona Tunnicliffe’s pottery studio.
‘‘I have done workshops all around including in Waipukurau, Galatea, Kawerau, and most recently in Katikati so Fiona said ‘why don’t you come and do a workshop in my pottery studio?’ I thought well I love trying new stuff and I don’t think anyone is doing anything similar in Putaruru, especially when it comes to introducing people to watercolours, so I said ‘that sounds like fun’,’’ she said.
The first workshop will focus on experimenting with watercolour techniques rather than trying to create a masterpiece and is suitable for beginners through to established artists.
‘‘I find a lot of people are so busy these days so to come in, sit down, and switch on is difficult, that would be stressful, so I never start with a masterpiece. We start with warming up and being quite loose and experimental,’’ she said.
‘‘I use lots of creative textual techniques, I probably use too many, but I love them and I find most adults come along saying they want to loosen up more.’’
‘‘While it is the exact same workshop I give to my beginners I teach quite a lot of experienced painters too because experienced painters don’t give themselves enough time to play, none of us do, so this is a chance.’’
‘‘There could be people sitting there who have been selling their art next to someone who has never picked up a brush which will be fantastic,’’ she said.
Graham, who also paints in acrylics, said the Sunday workshop will focus on exploring landscape techniques.
‘‘The landscape around Putaruru is so lovely and I am guessing a lot of people living around there will be quite inspired by it,’’ she said.
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