Artist’s work­shops are a time to play

South Waikato News - - Out & About - LUKE KIRKEBY

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.

For more in­for­ma­tion email sue@wild­woodgallery.co.nz or phone 07 377 0469, 027 242 1547.

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