The course runs from Friday evening until early Sunday evening - approximately 20 hours loaded with learning and doing.
Situated on the banks of the mighty Murrumbidgee River and under the shadow of Mt Tennent, you will be invited to walk, draw and develop a series of woodcut prints that capture your personal response to the unique Cuppacumbalong environment. Over two and a half days you will be guided by artist and educator Antonia Aitken through a place-based making approach. You will be invited to explore and interpret the site through walking, observational and gestural drawing and woodcut printmaking techniques. These mediums and methods enable the creation of powerful graphic artworks through mark-making, carving, layering and repetition. This workshop is designed for all levels of art practice from beginners to those wishing to deepen existing knowledge and all materials will be provided.
Antonia Aitken is an artist and educator currently living in lutruwita/ Tasmania. Her creative practice is informed by critical place theory, walking and a rich material knowledge of printmaking and drawing. By bringing these knowledge together she hopes to communicate complex entanglements of time, place and self. She is particularly interested in how walking and making with place can open up creative approaches to unsettling our complex histories.
Antonia currently lectures in art and theory at the University of Tasmania. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work is held in significant printmaking and artist book collections. Her practice has seen her travel widely within Australia and overseas to undertake residencies and teaching opportunities. She has a love of working with simple processes to arrive at complex meanings and is committed to sharing what she does through her role as an art educator.
For more information see her website: https://www.antoniaaitken.com/
Participants can choose to stay on site at Cuppacumbalong or attend daily.
No prior printmaking experience is necessary. However, those that have experience will still find this challenging and rewarding.
Cost - $850 (incl GST)
Cost includes: Tuition, insurance, materials, use of tools, workshop consumables, safety gear, morning and afternoon tea.
Need to bring: Lunch, appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear, waterbottle
Booking in advance is essential
Venue Information - Cuppacumbalong
Cuppacumbalong Homestead is located at 21 Naas Road in Tharwa ACT. Park onsite at bottom of the driveway. Fridge and microwave available for storing and reheating lunches.