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Prints From the Ocean Printmaking Workshop

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Discover your artistic side through printmaking
For some of us, there's nothing quite like an exhibition of beautiful art works to stir our own creativity. For so many, that's where the action stops . . . 'but I can't draw/paint/sculpt; I wouldn't know where to start; I don't have any equipment; who'd want to look at my stuff?'

You've heard it all before – and you might have even been guilty of saying it yourself. Sometimes, it just an opportunity that's needed; perhaps the tools to be placed in front of you; perhaps it only needs someone to show you how easy it is, or how much fun it can be.

There's a fabulous exhibition called Global Oceans showing right now at the Hahndorf Academy.

Global Oceans printmaking
Julia Wakefield's colourful parrot fish print

The exhibition is in the form of an international 'print exchange' where artists (printmakers) supply a series of prints, one (or more) of which is available for sale, and the remainder are 'exchanged' with the other artists, both local and global.

Following the success of a previous print exchange two years ago, Global Oceans is dedicated to raising awareness of the plight of our oceans and marine life. So, while this exhibition shows beautiful, high quality artwork, it is also working hard to raise funds towards the preservation of our marine environment.

Printmaking is a fabulous field in which to create powerful images. The processes and results can range from the delightfully simple to beautifully intricate works. Now, this is where that creativity has the potential to ignite – from a tiny spark, into a major conflagration!

No excuses! Global Oceans comes complete with a Stencil/Monoprinting Workshop to nurture the spark that flickered as you walked around the exhibition. The opportunity is here!

Global Oceans printmaking
Julia's simple fish print - you could soon be making your own!

There's an experienced printmaker and teacher in the talented Julia Wakefield to help you along the way. The equipment is there. The ideas are there (a whole exhibition full of them!). And, there's a load of fun to be had! The workshop (and Julia) will teach you how to create with stencils and monoprints – and all materials are supplied.

It's a half-day workshop (10am – 1pm) on Sunday 23 April and to make it very easy, it's at the Hahndorf Academy. During the workshop, Julia will guide you through the steps required to create your own underwater scene, with endless variations, and using the simplest of printmaking materials.

No drawing skills are needed, no printmaking experience is needed. You're on your way to creating your masterpiece. The $60 fee includes tuition and all materials.

Booking is essential, so for any enquiries and bookings email Rachel at Hahndorf Academy

Global Oceans printmaking
Julia's Infant Medusa

Monoprints (or strictly speaking, monotypes) are an excellent way to start with printmaking. They are unique prints, made by wiping ink off, or painting ink onto a plate, piece of glass, or any other shiny surface, and then printing the result onto paper. You can do this without a press.

It's quite experimental – both relaxing and exciting at the same time. If your print doesn't work, you can just roll ink over your plate and start again. No wasting of plates, or effort. And that's just the start of it – you can work over the top of your print with pastels or paint.
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Why? Get creative - make your own prints
When: Sunday 23 April, 10am - 1pm
Phone: 8388 7250
Where: Hahndorf Academy
Cost: $60
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