In the morning, you will be introduced to the subtle art of layering, playing with light and darkness as well as texture, to create stunning backgrounds, on which you will later paint the flowers of your choice. You will also discover how to build a personal way of rendering flowers by analysing the architecture of the plants you will have chosen.
In the afternoon, you will experiment with white ink detailing, using brushes and pen, to add depth and contrast to your paintings. A short exhibition will be organised by the end of the workshop, for everyone to enjoy each other’s work.
This workshop also includes tips for composition, archival arts, and how to create in series while remaining creative and avoiding repetitiveness.
About the artist
Born in France, Sofie Dieu is a culturally and linguistically diverse artist. Her first encounter with art was through church. With a penchant for ritual and spirituality, her work is best known for its fragility and darkness. Sensitive to cultural cliches, she has developed from it a penchant for the non-obvious and what makes us unique.
Multi-art prizes and award finalist, Sofie Dieu’s work was recently included in John Leslie Art Prize, Hornsby Art Prize, Sydney North Art Prize, Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, among others.
In 2016, she was one of the four artists who worked on the Camperdown Cemetery installation for the Sydney Biennale. She also co-curated ‘Keeping the body in mind’ as part of The Big Anxiety Festival, in Sydney. In 2017, she took part to the Great Alpine Artist in Residence Program, from which ensued Calling for Rain. This Community project was at the start of a long term collaboration with the region and travelled in 2018 from Gippsland to Sydney and Melbourne. In 2019, Sofie Dieu worked with Latrobe Regional Gallery and Creative Gippsland for their Artist in Community Program (Latrobe Literacy Festival). This year, Dieu also participate to Les Lizières (Fr.) and Falls Creek (VIC) residencies.
Workshop duration: 10:30am - 4:30pm (level 2 Activity Room, Wellington Centre)
Places are strictly limited. This workshop is suitable for adults.
Participants are welcome to bring their own flowers or other cuttings to work from.
Cost includes all other materials and light lunch.