Workshops

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©Jennifer Fairman

Digital Workshops

Jennifer Fairman

Advanced Mixed Media Techniques in Adobe CC

Date: Thursday, July 4, 2019

Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm

Length: 4 hours

Price: $70

In this workshop, participants will practice various techniques that use mixed media approach of advanced Photoshop and Illustrator toolsets (with a few other peripheral applications in the Adobe CC Suite) while maintaining a clean traditional look and feel in their rendering. Participants will be presented with various digital illustration techniques: filters and effects to capture surface texture and grain, 3dimensional effects on small structures, 3D techniques, using masks and blending modes, layer modes, smart objects, color modulation and adjustments, transparency vs. translucency, atmospheric effects, watercolor and other traditional techniques, traditional sketch integration, traditional style brushes, creating photo sketches, and skin textures. Participants are encouraged to bring sketches and digital files they would like to work on and to bring any questions regarding current or prospective projects.

Material Required:

Instructor Will Provide:

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©Dr. Levent Efe

Dr. Levent Efe, CMI

Photoshop, from draft to completion.

Date: Thursday, July 4, 2019

Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm (1 hour for lunch at 12:00pm)

Length: 8 hours

Price: $140

Photoshop has probably been the most significant new tool for artists of every complexion throughout the last three decades. While almost every new update offered a plethora of new gadgets for photographers, digital artists have been very happy to go along with the crums offered for them. 

As a devotee of the software since version 2.0, I generated my own technique to utilize Photoshop for medical and biological still art. My pre-electronic style used to be figurative and line-based, and through the digital portion of my career Photoshop duly accommodated. Whatever visual approach you have, Photoshop will surely go along with you. 

There hasn’t been a time when I watched a Photoshop artist in action, and not learned a few snippets. In this workshop, I will generate several artworks and hope there will be a few points you will take home with you.  

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©Julian Teh

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©Bonnie Koopmans

Julian Teh & Bonnie Koopmans

Introduction to Digital Art

Date: Friday, July 5, 2019

Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm (1 hour for lunch at 12:00pm)

Length: 8 hours

Price: $140

This Introduction to Digital Art workshop is aimed at beginners, or traditional artists interested in transitioning to a digital workflow for the first time.

The workshop will cover the theory behind digital art and discuss the work of professionals in the field; introduce the hardware and software best suited to digital art, and demonstrate methods for combining a traditional and digital workflow. Attendees will have the opportunity to create a simple digital illustration of a natural object (e.g. a feather, leaf, or shell) using techniques for describing light and texture taught within the workshop.

Learning objectives for this workshop are familiarity with the basic layout and functions of Adobe Photoshop and a graphics tablet; techniques for creating form and texture in a digital workspace; and methods for capturing and enhancing traditional pieces using a digital workflow.

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Traditional Workshops

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Sea slug sculpture, ©Scott Rawlins

Scott Rawlins

Sculpting Soft-bodied Animals with Polymer Clay

Date: Friday, July 5, 2019

Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm (1 hour for lunch at 12:00pm)

Length: 8 hours

Price: $145 (includes a materials fee)

Museums and universities frequently use models to portray the morphology of organisms that are difficult to preserve or hard to see – thus knowledge of basic model making techniques should be included in the repertoire of every scientific artist.

Following the lead of the Blaschkas (creators of numerous invertebrate models as well as Harvard’s glass flower collection), participants in this workshop will first study the form, texture of their chosen invertebrate subjects and then learn how to recreate them three-dimensionally using polymer clay. The models will be painted to simulate surface colour. Though used primarily by craftspeople, polymer clay has recently come to the attention of museum preparators and scientific artists. Participants will be expected to push the material to the limit of its applicability!

Material Required:

  • Fine sandpaper - one small piece
  • X-acto knife with # 11 or #16 blade
  • Ballpoint pen with a rounded cap and/or end
  • Toothbrush
  • One pushpin
  • One plastic sandwich bag & twist tie
  • Palette
  • Cup for water
  • Brushes (2 or 3): small (#4) to very small (#00) - round, natural or synthetic
  • One small (#3 or #4), round nylon brush

Optional:

  • Popsicle stick
  • Toothpick
  • Dental tools (for sculpting)
  • Small palette knife
  • Green and/or violet acrylic paint
  • Krylon Crystal Clear aerosol varnish
  • Ballpoint pen with a metal tip that can be unscrewed

Instructors Will Provide:

  • Sculpey modeling clay
  • Acrylic paints
  • Box for transport of model

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Peter Marsack

Insects in Black and White

Date: Thursday, July 4, 2019

Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Length: 4 hours

Price: $95 (includes a materials fee)

Insects have existed for around 400 million years and are among the most abundant and successful life-forms on Earth. Australia is home to an astonishing number and variety of insects – well over 80,000 species have already been assigned scientific names but the majority remain undescribed. Insects vary enormously in size, shape and colour, providing wonderful subjects for the illustrator.

This workshop will focus on attention to structure in the process of building a drawing; use of magnification in a drawing, use of references, especially specimens and photos; and the process of rendering in pencil and ink (including scratchboard). Demonstrations will form part of all practical illustration sessions.

Participants will have the option of working from available specimens, developing an artwork from their own references, or using drawing templates that we provide so that they can concentrate on rendering.

This workshop will help you to see insects with fresh eyes and will establish the importance of drawing as a foundation for your artwork.

Material Required:

  • Pencils: B, 4H
  • Kneadable erasers
  • Brushes: watercolour round (Taklon – Roymac, Neef or similar) - size 4 and 6
  • Bank pad drafting paper
  • Tracing paper
  • Drawing paper, A4
  • Watercolour paper/board: 600gsm CP, Fabriano (cut to size)
  • Masking tape
  • Gouache set
  • Palettes for gouache, ink work
  • Water containers and droppers
  • Roll towel
  • Ruler

Instructor Will Provide: The instructor will provide all materials though participants are encouraged to bring their favourite tools if they prefer to do so.

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Judith Thompson & Caroline Fewtrell

Fun and Easy Monoprinting Using a Gelli Plate

Date: Thursday, July 4, 2019

Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Length: 4 hours

Price: $95 (includes a materials fee)

Printing on a Gelli Plate is fun, easy, cool, surprising and unexpected. You will be using a commercial 7” x 5” Gelli Press Gelli plate (which you can take home) and a variety of coloured acrylic paints to make wonderful unique prints. You will be able to make up to twenty multicolour prints using stencils and a variety of other utensils to create patterns and designs. If you are able, you are welcome to bring leaves, flowers, bubble wrap, mesh, sponge or other material to use in the printing process. Don’t worry if you don’t have access to these, there will be plenty of interesting items available for you to use. This is a technique that offers endless possibilities without any harsh or nasty chemicals. You do not need to have printing experience. Examples of how you can use your prints will be available to give you inspiration when you get home. All materials will be supplied. Maximum of six people per workshop.

Materials Required: None.

Instructors Will Provide: The instructor will provide all materials.

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©2019 Gretchen Kai Halpert

Gretchen Kai Halpert

Field Sketching at the Australia Zoo

Date: Friday, July 5, 2019

Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm (1 hour for lunch at 12:00pm)

Length: 8 hours

Price: $235 (includes a transportation and entry fee for zoo)

Field sketching in Australia. Enrich your conference experience by capturing nature in your sketchbook. Techniques for sketching while walking; quick captures; focused observation; note-taking; and use of varied media will enhance your outdoor documentation skills and give you sweet visual memories to share. We’ll travel to the Australia Zoo where you will spend the morning learning sketching skills, and the afternoon practicing those skills and exploring the zoo on your own.

Materials Required: 

  • Sketchbook-any size that preferably opens flat. Choose paper applicable to a variety of media.
  • Pencils
  • Water-soluble pen or marker (example, Pilot felt tip pen)
  • Waterproof marker (example, Pigma micron pens, ZIG pens, Copic fineliner)
  • Travel watercolour set
  • Water brush or small water container and travel watercolour brush
  • Paper towel
  • Coloured pencils (optional)
  • Bag to hold these items
  • Small stool (optional)
  • Most important: travel light and carry a bag where art materials are easily accessible

Instructor Will Provide: None.

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Robin's Nest II, ©Carrie Carlson

Carrie Carlson

Natural Science Printmaking: Hand Painted Linoleum Block Collaborative Service Project

Date: Friday, July 5, 2019

Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm

Length: 4 hours

Price: $100 (includes a materials fee)

Participants will learn about basic relief printing techniques as well as combining natural science illustration with printmaking to make stunning works of art. Linoleum block printing is an easy entry into the world of printmaking, fun for both the beginner and seasoned professional. Oil-based inks allow the artist to watercolour prints for unique, vivid effects. Carrie will demonstrate linocut techniques including a discussion of various block materials, tools, inks, and papers. Carrie is interested in collaborative projects that generate broader awareness while building community. Artists will have an opportunity to watercolour a conference themed linoleum block print as part of a collaborative donation to a local charity, and also create a second print as a keepsake from the conference. This year's image will celebrate koalas and the important work being done by the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Donated artworks will be used by the sanctuary as fundraising auction items. In addition to an MFA in Scientific Illustration, Carrie earned an MA in Printmaking and is passionate about projects that combine these two disciplines.

Material Required: none
Instructor Will Provide: The instructor will provide all materials.

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Chandelier Noir, ©Mali Moir

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©Mali Moir

Mali Moir

Lumpy Bumpy Textured Surfaces? Easy Peasy!

Date: Thursday, July 4, 2019

Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm 

Length: 4 hours

Price: $70

As a botanical artist accuracy is paramount. However, sometimes heavily textured surfaces can become too time-consuming and a freer, faster approach is helpful. Plant textures can be somewhat random in their patterning and therefore accuracy is less of a priority, whilst maintaining the right effect is still important. Through a combination of several different techniques, I have developed an interesting and effective way of creating textured and weathered surfaces in a surprisingly easy and swift manner, while still working on smooth watercolour paper. I will go through step by step the sequence of using masking fluid, watercolour and colour pencil. This technique works best with Poly Chromos or other oil-based colour pencils. Working on this concentrated study piece, you will learn enough to carry the technique across into particular areas within larger artworks and/or finish clusters of textured pods much faster than using traditional botanical watercolour painting techniques. Suggested subject matter are coarse rough surfaces like mature or weather-beaten pods. We will supply gorgeous Australian Brachychiton pods for this workshop. 

Materials Required: This is a suggested materials list, please bring what you normally use.
DRAWING

  • Tracing paper 75gsm is fine, no need for heavier weight
  • Graphite Pencils, 2H, HB
  • Soft kneadable eraser and white plastic eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Small ruler
  • Removable magic tape
  • Drawing Board, if you use one
  • Portable lamp, with Daylight globe100watt or equivalent
  • Polychromos colour pencils (suggested colours list available by request)

PAINTING

  • Artists quality water-colours
  • Paint palette
  • Brushes round to a point, white taklon brushes nos. 4, 2, 1, 00
  • Watercolour paper, Hot Pressed/Smooth 100% cotton 300gsm
  • Masking fluid – note; Don’t shake the bottle … à la John PP !
  • Nib – Speedball Hunt Artists Pens 513EF, on a handle
  • Blending brush, Art Basics brand is good. Size not critical, about 2

And anything else you normally like to use.

Instructor Will Provide: None.

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Peter Marsack

Painting Birds for Identification

Date: Friday, July 5, 2019

Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Length: 4 hours

Price: $95 (includes a materials fee)

This NatureArt Lab workshop will focus on the importance of understanding the structure of birds as an important foundation for preparing drawings and paintings. We will look at the process of constructing an accurate drawing from key measurements, and ways to make use of references ranging from field sketches to specimens and photography. The workshop will involve demonstrations and practical exercises, so participants have the opportunity to render an image in pencil, watercolour and gouache. You will be provided with prepared templates for the exercises but have the option to make use of your own subject references if you prefer.

This workshop will help you to ‘see with a purpose’ and build skills in the use of traditional media for bird illustration.

Material Required:

  • Pencils: B, 4H
  • Kneadable erasers
  • Brushes: watercolour round (Taklon – Roymac, Neef or similar) - size 4 and 6
  • Bank pad drafting paper
  • Tracing paper
  • Drawing paper, A4
  • Watercolour paper/board: 600gsm CP, Fabriano (cut to size)
  • Masking tape
  • Gouache set
  • Palettes for gouache, ink work
  • Water containers and droppers
  • Roll towel
  • Ruler

Instructor Will Provide: The instructor will provide all materials though participants are encouraged to bring their favourite tools if they prefer to do so.