Sturt Winter School 2020
Monday 6 - Friday 10 July
16 Adult Courses on offer – details for each course and tutor are listed below – click on the name of the course to expand, and follow the link to enrol on a course of your choice.
- 01 Colours in landscape with Juliet Holmes à Court
- 02 Watercolour: impressionistic style with Tony Belobrajdic
- 03 Still life: painting in acrylic with Charlotte Thodey
- 04 Monotype printmaking with Tony Ameneiro
- 05 Ceramics: working with glazes with Greg Daly
- 06 Hand-building: botanical figurative sculpture with Helen Earl
- 07 Wood project: assembly mallet with Roy Schack
- 08 Coloured multi-block woodcut with Roslyn Kean
- 09 Artisans blacksmithing for beginners with Steve Hogwood
- 10 Saori weaving: textile to art with Kaz Madigan - FULL
- 11 Knitting socks with the queen of tea cosies, Loani Prior
- 12 Improvisational stitching & botanical dyeing with Ellie Beck
- 13 Jewellery: tell you a story with Kristina Neumann
- 14 Basketry: traditional Maori weaving with Alice Spittle
- 15 Wood carving: what a relief! with Teresa Hunyadi
- 16 Smartphone photography with Corinne Podger
Artists such as Bonnard and Matisse stepped away from mimicking nature instead painting a personal view of landscape. Their colours expressed how landscape felt to them rather than how it appeared to the world. In this course Juliet will lead you along pathways of colour, through exercises and explorations into the approach of those masters, so that you too can express your own vision of the known. She will teach you how to break from your habitual palette into new ways of using colour whilst experimenting with brave expressive brushstrokes. This will be exciting and lots of hard work!
Level: All* | Cost: $765 + $30 materials *some experience
Juliet Holmes à Court’s work is quickly recognised due to her ability to capture light. Over the years, her fascination with light has become integral in her paintings and it is often likened to Turner yet with the colours of Lloyd Rees, leading to many highly successful solo exhibitions. A winner in the Waverly Art Prize, Juliet has also been a finalist is several other significant prizes and is a passionate and energetic teacher.
Learn to paint quick, expressive watercolours with fewer brush strokes. Choosing one focal point of interest, learn to apply a decisive brush stroke and move on. Work with large brushes, adding shape against shape, stroke by stroke, leaving large areas of paper untouched. You will create atmosphere using a limited palette, simplify shapes avoiding too much detail, regardless of complexity of subject. Learn to make basic pencil sketches, then progress to paint directly with brush to produce artwork that is fresh and spontaneous.
Level: Intermediate - Advanced | Cost: $765 + $20 materials
Tony Belobrajdic studied architecture and engineering in Croatia, before moving to New York, where he painted and exhibited. Tony has lived in Sydney since 1988, working as a freelance artist and illustrator in watercolour and other water-based mediums. He travels and paints overseas frequently in between conducting workshops. Upcoming workshops include New York and Bergamo, Italy. Tony’s work has been published in many books and magazines.
A practical search for solutions in the ‘Still Life’ genre with an emphasis on composition, tone and colour decisions to finely detailed finished work with a respect for individual style.Working in acrylics, we use seasonal fruit, foliage, vegetables, china and linen as props. Learn to make big decisions about small things! The process is both meditative and exhausting.
Level: All* | Cost: $765 + $40 materials *some experience
Charlotte Thodey has exhibited her work for over 25 years. She has produced a number of posters for the Botanic Gardens and Historic Houses Trust and illustrated many books. Charlotte regularly teaches at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney and exhibits her work in Australia and France.
Explore different styles of monotype printmaking including colour, multi – plate methods with one of Australia’s most respected printmakers. You’ll cover the ‘drawn’ or transfer style monotype, the ‘painterly print’ monotype and the reductive method to produce multi - plate colour work. A mix of printmaking, painting and drawing, multi – plate monotype printmaking is an ideal cross – discipline medium with which to work. During the week of Winter School, you’ll produce a set of 12 unique, individual prints utilising the techniques you’ve learnt throughout the workshop.
Level: All* | Cost: $765 + $60 materials *some experience
Tony Ameneiro is an artist-printmaker, working within his drawing practice across the areas of etching, lithography, relief and monotype printmaking. Tony has been the recipient of the National Fremantle Print Award, finalist in the Dobell Drawing Prize three times plus exhibited nationally and internationally. Tony’s work features in major collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of NSW and British Museum.
Develop glaze surfaces through application and firing! In this workshop you will explore glazes, in particular glaze on glaze application, through exercises and experimentation to reveal how glazes respond and work together. Application through dipping, pouring, spraying, painting, wax resist and latex resist of the glazes will be used to develop the surface colours and finishes. Firing will be at stoneware temperature majority under reduction conditions. Students will also make thrown work to glaze.
Level: Intermediate - Advanced* | Cost: $835 + $50 materials *experienced only
Greg Daly, internationally renowned ceramic artist, has had a passionate interest in glazes spanning over 40 years. Greg’s work is represented in numerous national and international galleries, including the NGA and Victoria & Albert Museum, London. With over 100 solo exhibitions behind him, Greg has won many national and international awards and is the author of two books on glazes.
In this workshop you will be guided through the process of idea generation using the human form and the natural world as inspiration. Using hand building techniques you will learn to create a figurative form (head and shoulders) using BRT clay. Additionally, you will explore techniques of making botanical elements using porcelain clay. These elements can be incorporated with the figure as decorative elements or used for another purpose. Allowing for one firing after the course is finished, students will take home a figurative sculpture and botanical forms suitable for placement in the garden or home.
Level: All | Cost: $765 + $65 materials
Helen Earl holds a Master of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts. Helen’s practice combines ceramics with found, existent objects. She forms unique poetic responses to place, shaped by her personal observations of being in a particular environment and supported by cultural, historic and scientific research. Helen was a finalist and her work acquired in the 2019 National Still Life Award at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. In 2018, her work was selected for the ADC’s touring exhibition, Clay Intersections. Helen has lectured in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UTS and taught in Primary and Secondary schools.
The Assembly mallet, with Sturt Wood School origins, is deceptively simple in appearance. It is an elegant tool with much to be considered in its production. Under the guidance of one of Australia’s most respected furniture designer & makers, you will learn marking out, tool sharpening, joint cutting, planing to round, bandsaw use, hand planing plus rasp use and spoke shaving. Emphasis is on a beautiful tapered, through mortice and the overall finished appearance. This mallet will take pride of place in your tool cabinet.
Level: All | Cost: $765 + $65 materials
Roy Schack graduated from Sturt School for Wood in 1994 and shortly after set up a workshop in Brisbane. A very successful bespoke furniture workshop and furniture school followed and have been highlights of his career so far. Roy teaches in Australia and New Zealand and has exhibited in Australia, Denmark and Japan.
Explore the versatility of relief printing from wood by hand. Learn all aspects of multi block woodcuts; the exacting registration methods of traditional Japanese woodcuts to the more expressive style of German expressionist prints. You will cover carving and printing in the traditional Japanese method using water colours (pure pigment ground and suspended in water) brushed onto blocks with Akua soy-based inks applied by brayers (rollers). Explore various papers, maintenance of tools using Waterstones and various methods of registration. Emphasis will be on creating images with defined colour areas, exacting registration and creating subtle effects with transparent layers.
Level: All | Cost: $765 + $40 materials
Roslyn Kean has been teaching relief printing for over 30 years. After studies at the National Art School in Sydney and the Shillito Design School she gained her MA in printmaking in London at the Slade School of Fine Art. She specialised in woodcut with a research scholarship at Tokyo National of Fine Art, Japan. 2017 she received the international prize for outstanding achievements in the technique of Mokuhanga, Japanese woodcut methods at the IMC In Hawaii. Her works have been selected for exhibitions in Australia, UK, Poland, Portugal, China, Japan and in 2019 her work was purchased by the National Museum of Printmaking, China.
This is an exciting, hands on and physical workshop designed to provide an introduction into the art of blacksmithing. Fashion metal objects from a selection of projects while learning to use the gas and coal/coke forge, anvil and hammer, employing techniques fundamental to blacksmithing. You’ll be introduced to hot punching, riveting, twisting, morticing, drawing out, plenishing, texturing, forge welding and general hand forging.
Level: All | Cost: $765 + $90 materials
Steve Hogwood has been a film art director, writer, director, designer and fine artist most of his life. His blacksmithing and metalwork career started over 40 years ago working with a wheelwright in Parkes NSW. Here he found passion for the old crafts and historic restoration, chiefly in hand forged metalwork. Steve has studied traditional hand forged metal work around the world and worked on numerous films and TV commercials. He has also had the privilege to work under some of the original village blacksmiths from the 1920s and 30s, including the late Joseph Bolog, an accomplished 6th generation blacksmith, who lived and worked in Mittagong. Steve is a tireless advocate of the old crafts, particularly blacksmithing and its relevance to today and contemporary society.
THIS COURSE IS FULL
The Japanese Saori weaving philosophy invites all to weave and create woven textiles in their own unique human way. Immerse yourself in yarns and textures, then relax into weaving to your own personal rhythm with a spontaneous and exploratory approach guided by your tutor. This weaving is improvisational and you will be instructed on using the Saori compact floor looms for maximum comfort and freedom. There are no ‘mistakes’, only exploration on the loom in Saori weaving. You will however be guided by your tutor with ideas, techniques and loom hacks but these are secondary to your own inclinations and personal style while aiming to create a garment from woven cloth. In 2020 there will be an emphasis on artistic approaches to the woven cloth, encouraging weaving with non-conventional materials and the possibility of three-dimensional sculptural works.
Level: All | Cost: $835 + $10 materials + pay tutor
Kaz Madigan has been handweaving for over 40 years, exhibiting and selling her work throughout Australia alongside writing and teaching on a continuous basis. She is author of The Australian Weaving Book, T-Shirt Yarns, and many articles in magazines and online publications in Australia, USA and UK. Energised and inspired by teaching weaving, Kaz finds the Saori approach opens a fresh, accessible way of looking at the most ancient yet contemporary of craft skills – woven textiles.
This workshop is prescriptive and creative! You’ll never again be without something to knit or the perfect gift. One can never have too many hand knitted socks! Learn sock construction, to turn a heel, to re size a sock pattern and create your own patterns. You will also improve your knitting skills with essential tricks and techniques, knit in the round, knit colour stranding (Fair Isle) and to incorporate a plethora of stitch patterns.
Level: All* | Cost: $765 + $10 materials *some experience
You may remember Loani Prior as the Queen of the Tea Cosies and from her four best-selling books; Wild Tea Cosies, Really Wild Tea Cosies, How Tea Cosies Changed the World and Pretty Funny Tea Cosies. You may remember her from 10 years teaching knitted tea cosy workshops at Sturt Winter School, from yarn stores around the country and at her home in the Hills of Noosa. Perhaps you recall her two-year exhibition, touring regional galleries, Portraits of a Tea Cosy and her guest artist appearances at the Craft and Quilt Fairs. Loani feels today every teapot in the country is clothed and it is time to warm the feet of Australia.
In this workshop you will botanically dye and stitch a beautiful heirloom quilt in a week! Learn to extract colour from the landscape, using plants to dye fabric and threads. Through improvisation, learn to design your own patterns with colour and stitching, to create a finished quilt to hang on your wall or warm your body. Explore mindfulness, gain creative confidence and push creative boundaries as you delve into the power of making, mending, stitching and connecting with cloth.
Level: All | Cost: $765 + $120 materials
Ellie Beck is a textile artist, writer and creative teacher. Her many exhibitions share her works inspired by nature, mapping landscapes, memories and self. Ellie works with natural plant dyes, sourced from her garden or surrounding environment, dyeing her materials and yarns before stitching sewing, weaving them. While loom weaving, mindful slow hand-stitching and improv (‘fear-less’) quilting are her favourite, Ellie doesn’t limit herself but allows curiosity to guide her along a journey of process-led creative work. Ellie writes for magazines and online. She published her first book “Mindful Thoughts for Makers” in 2019 and is currently working on her next, while teaching and sharing her slow creative lifestyle through social media.
‘Homeslice’ 2019 Canberra Red Brick, clay, 925 silver, cord, glue Image by Simon Cottrell
Explore jewellery making and your own personal narrative, while looking at symbolism in shapes and found materials to create wearable works. Using silver, brass and copper sheet-metal, learn to saw, pierce, texture, drill, file and sand, to add to and complement found materials. You will learn relevant cold joining techniques like riveting and link-making to bring pieces together. Material play and experimentation are encouraged, while drawing on personal symbolism to create meaningful and contemporary work.
Level: All | Cost: $765 + $120 materials
Kristina Neumann is a bright emerging artist who was recently shortlisted and exhibited in Talente 2020, international craft exhibition in Munich, Germany, International Graduate Exhibition 2019 at Galerie Marzee, Netherlands, a survey or contemporary jewellery graduates and also won the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery Emerging Artist Award in the Contemporary Wearables 2019 exhibition. She has shown widely around Australia and undertaken residencies at Sturt Gallery & Studios (2017) and M16 Art Space (2020). In 2019 Neumann graduated with a Bachelor of Design Arts Honours with first class distinction from the Australian National University in the Jewellery & Object workshop.
Learn traditional New Zealand Maori basketry techniques and culture through ‘raranga’ with Maori artist and tutor, Alice Spittle. You’ll explore weaving practices; the preparation of harakeke or New Zealand flax, the practice of sustainable harvesting, plus fibre extraction and dyeing. Begin your workshop with some basic kono and konae (2 corner and 4 corner baskets) then move on to create a kupenga (netted bag) and waikawa (bush basket). You may choose to explore dyeing the harakeke or work with the flax in its natural state.
Level: All | Cost: $765 + $15 materials
Alice Spittle is a contemporary Maori Artist from New Zealand. In 2011 Alice and her family moved to Brisbane after experiencing both major earthquakes in Christchurch, where they settled on the Sunshine Coast. Alice studied Maori Design and Art at Te Wananga O Raukawa in Otaki, NZ (2002) and started her journey into the expression of art in Christchurch where she exhibited and sold her works nationally and internationally. She has a deep passion for creating artworks that inspire, challenge or initiate change.
Design and carve a relief panel from local hardwood. A fun and physical course working with a range of carving tools that leaves you confident to select suitable wood and maintain your own tools. Enjoy practice exercises to stretch your abilities, making you comfortable with carving tools and techniques, before creating your own beautiful piece. Learn to develop a design for your own ability, to carve in conversation with the wood, while being mindful of your body to survive the 5 day workshop and beyond.
Level: All | Cost: $765 + $40 materials
Teresa Hunyadi is a sculptor based in Edinburgh, having studied wood carving at Universities in Austria and Japan. Her work includes abstract and representational elements, predominantly created with hand tools in wood, valuing each piece for its own character as a living material. Teresa teaches at the Edinburgh College of Art and has received multiple awards, most recently the Royal Society of British Artists Rome Scholarship.
This five-day masterclass will push your smartphone to its limits as a photographic and artistic tool. You will learn how to take better portrait, still life and close-up shots and capture architectural and urban landscapes and outdoor scenery. You will also be introduced to free and low-cost apps for photo retouching, colour adjustment, special effects and image manipulation to get the most from the smartphone camera as a creative device. This course is suitable for IOS and Android phone owners. We do recommend using a smartphone that is no more than four years old to get the most from the course.
Level: All | Cost: $765 + $10 materials + apps (up to $30)
Corinne Podger is a world leader in teaching the use of smartphones for photography and video. She has taught journalists and NGOs in over 16 countries to use smartphones for photography, video production, documentary-making and podcasting. She has lectured on Digital and Mobile Journalism at the University of Melbourne, and is the author of “The Mobile Journalism Manual for Reporters and Newsrooms” (2018). Corinne brings 20 years of experience as a multimedia reporter with the ABC and BBC to her teaching.