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Term 3 | Wednesdays | 10.30 am - 12. 30pm
19 July | 2, 16, 30 August |13 September
$100 for 5 (2 hour) sessions, all materials included
Ages 10 - 14

This term students be exploring the context and relationship of Images and Words in art making through a series of mixed media skills based workshops. Over the course of five weeks students complete five ‘text’ based projects ranging from the surrealist ‘automatic’ texts to the production of a collective artist book. Each week’s class will begin with a group discussion of the investigation, supported by works on display and reference images, while also drawing parallels to contemporary cultural examples. Each week will conclude with a round table discussion and sharing of work. All materials will be supplied.

Term 3: Brief overview by week:

Week 1 | Guided visualisation with response:

After listening to a guided imagery exercise the class will have the opportunity to respond in both images and words. We shall discuss the way that images and words can overlap and where they differ. When does one form of writing become another form of art?

Focus Artists: Barbara Kruger, Xu Bing, Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner

Week 2 | Automatic text:

Students will be introduced to Surrealism and automatic poetry. After a discussion students will be given a collection of random words to work with in this lesson. The students will be expected to create a narrative that can be either illustrated or responded to as a single image/collage.

Focus Artists: Andre Mason, Andre Breton

Week 3 | Choice of own text and creating illustration:

Students will be asked in the previous lesson to choose a piece of text that they can work with in creating imagery. It may be an illustration of the text, a pictorial continuation of a narrative or a response piece to the text. Text will ideally be poetry, song lyrics, short section of a theatrical piece or section from a novel. Maximum of 5 pages.

Focus Artists: Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, Jim Henson and Brian Froud

Week 4 | Artists Books

In this class students shall receive a piece of text that they will illustrate or reassemble and collate to complete a class Artist’s book. Contributions will be mono-printed to allow each class member to receive a copy of collective work.

Focus Artist: Ed Ruscha, Louise Bourgeois, Tracey Emin, Sophie Calle, Hans Haacke

Week 5 | Reduction poetry

Students will receive a piece of text and asked to eliminate or redact sections to create a new text. Discussion will centre on creating something new, taking possession of text and imagery and their experiences of exploring the relationships between text and imagery.

Focus Artist: Tom Philips, Bruce Nauman, Rosalie Gascoigne, Candy Jernigan

Look Think Word Image is facilitated by Dianne McClaughlin. 
Dianne is an artist that is interested in the inherent qualities of artmaking as a tool of communication and realisation. Di has been awarded for works in both traditional and modern printmaking techniques as well as sculpture and has exhibited throughout the greater Sydney region. Having completed a Masters of Fine Arts in print media from Sydney College of the Arts in 2013, Di is now undertaking an art therapy traineeship through Western Sydney University.

If either LOOK THINK or LETTING OFF STEAM are booked in combination with their additional workshop both these will be available at a reduced price of $180.00

Event Information

LocationCasula Powerhouse
Arts Centre

Duration2 hr

Ages10 - 14

Cost$100 for 5 sessions
all materials included

Phone02 9824 1121


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