Summer Do - 5th to the 12th January
The Summer Do Art School is the longest running mixed media art school in New Zealand and is proudly planned and hosted by the Quarry Arts Centre.
The Summer Do provides professional art courses lead by tutors who stand out in their field of practice. Within the Summer Do are up to ten 7, 4 and 3 days courses covering a variety of media and disciplines.
Participants are invited to join us by enrolling in a Summer Do course taking the opportunity to learn something new or perfect existing techniques in a stimulating fun encouraging environment.
The Summer Do also includes informal tutor talks, which are open to the public, the Summer Do Tutors Exhibition in the Yvonne Rust Gallery and an assortment of relaxed evening activities. The programme is confirmed and the courses are listed below.
Officially the Summer Do runs from 9am Sunday 5th to 4.30 Saturday the 11th January 2014, courses scheduled within that. Sunday the 12th of January is a half day available for farewells and pack up.
The Quarry Arts Centre provides a inspirational creative environment just minutes from central Whangarei at 21 Selwyn Ave.
Please contact the Quarry Office if you have any questions about the Summer Do 2014 or 4381215. Courses are in the process of being locked and released now to watch this space!
By utilising the largest collection of lithography stones in the southern hemisphere participants will learn print making skill. Working under the guidance of technical wizz and printmaker Duncan (Pepe) Long. Duncan is offering a course which covers all the basics and ‘tricks of the trade’ while also producing a individual single layer print in an edition of 10 for each participant.
Whether you are trying printmaking for the first time or perfecting your skills this course is full of lithography riches.
In this course participants will explore the possibilities of surface texturing and decoration in stretched slab clay forms. Jane will share her unique plaster roller and stamping techniques to achieve endless texture and design possibilities. Carving and manipulating the surface of greenware pieces will also be covered. Leading on to experimenting with coloured slips and glazes taking advantage of the landscape inspired colours which Jane captures in her own work.
3 days: 5th, 6th, 7th Jan
Covering: selection of substrate, preparation of mosaic base, planning mosaic design, select mosaic technique to suit the project, types of tesserae (tiles, beads, shells, rocks), plan colour/s of project, grout type and colour, grouting process and sealer. Use of tools: wheeled Mosaic cutters, Tile nippers, Tile cutter, glass scourer.
Experience tutor Anne Marie Herbert will guide the design process and share practical methods. The focus of this course will be idea generation and practical techniques with each participants working towards producing a 2D and 3D outcome.
5th, 6th, 7th January
By utilising a range of individual and collaborative writing exercises participants will develop a collection of writings in their own poetic voice. The group will cover key aspects of contemporary poetry and poems by important New Zealand and international poets will be discussed and critiqued through reading poetry and listening to audio performances.
Vaughan Gunson is a published poet, publisher, editor and has over 10 years experience tutoring, will lead the group through fun and intensive exercises to produce finished poems, a selection of which will be included in a publication at the end of the Summer Do – participants will each receive copies of the publication.
This class will cover a wide range of possibilities in wood including turning, carving and effect and surface decoration using stains.
By turning on the lathe, cutting and hand carving students will learn to make their own forms in wood and Graeme is a master of embellishing and finishing a wooden surface and he will share techniques and tricks of the trade with students; including carving and texturing techniques, pyrography, colouring, use of multi-media elements and inlays.
This course will cover design and influences, tool selection and sharpening, wood selection, finishing techniques and safety. Students will be able to initiate projects to suit their skill level or Graeme can guide you through an appropriate project, making this course suitable for both beginner and advanced woodworkers. Led by an experienced tutor this will be a techniques based workshop with helpful advice on how to find your own creative identity.
International artist and tutor, Lena Kay Zankl will lead this exciting 7 day painting course. Lena will guide students through the secrets of successful painting referring to the work of the masters and selected contemporary artists. Colour use and composition will be taught as well as demonstrations of various brushwork, blending, palette knife and impasto techniques. This unique course will culminating in a successful finished works encouraging individual experimentation for students.
7th, 8th, 9th January
This course will make stone carving an accessible medium. Using relatively soft Oamaru stone, participants will learn carving techniques and 3D design skills. From design, through to finishing, our practised tutor Anna Korver shares her knowledge and expertise to create depth and form in stone. Participants will learn carving using hand tools, different carving techniques, texturing, polishing, sealing, colouring, drilling, plinths / bases and installation and will also receive information about carving hard stone. This course will cover it all - giving a great base for the absolute beginner or refining processes for the more experienced.
3 days - 8th, 9th, 10th January
This is a hands-on course where students learn how to build a wood fired pizza oven. The class works collaboratively learning the earth building recipes and method for construction. Every student will be given a booklet and CD containing all the step-by step information to create their own oven at home or the beach house!
The course covers the basics of adobe in-situ earthbuilding techniques with hands on experience which could be used to create a variety of structures.
4 days - 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th January
Giving you scope to create a large variety of sculpture, large garden sculptures or even your own outdoor furniture - Explore the amazing medium of Darjit!
Darjit is 95% recycled, non-toxic and natural, made from a blend of clay, rock powder and cellulose fibre – learn the different mixes to carry on after the Do. Open to beginners or Darjit pros, a fun, hands on course with a finished product outcome. To make your sculpture our talented tutor Kobi will teach you how to make skeletal forms from wire netting and steel bars which are then coated in Darjit to create your own sculpture.
9th, 10th, 11th January
Tutor Luke Bird will take participants on an adventure of spontaneous story making in this low-pressure, frivolous, entertaining and creative performance course. This course is open to all levels of experience and skill; come to laugh and play and learn in the process.
Luke will facilitate a series of collaborative exercises, games and scenes for the group to play within. With his experience on stage and constructing scripts he will assist participants in creating interesting characters, compelling stories, and generally enjoying the fun of creative theatre.