Art Workshops

Regular Art Workshops and speciality courses with Liana Vargas are offered for beginners to experienced painters from Duthy Street Art Studio, Unley.

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  • Duthy Street 6 Duthy Street Unley, SA, 5061 Australia (map)
 Kaihô Yûshô, Pine and Plum by Moonlight. Edo period (1615–1868)

Kaihô Yûshô, Pine and Plum by Moonlight. Edo period (1615–1868)

Workshop using Ink, Gold Leaf and Oil Paint

Beginners and Experienced painters are welcome to attend

6 participants maximum for this ‘semi-private’ course

Fee: $300 for the 2 days

In preparation for The Art of Balance Tour to Japan in April 2019 I am presenting this workshop in the beautiful and delicate Japanese art of Kano.

During this 2 day workshop we will produce a few small compositional sketches on paper in preparation for our major painting.

On the first day we will apply the gold leaf over the complete width and breadth of our canvas or board (size should be on the larger scale).

Once this is complete we will ‘lightly’ outline our ‘simple design’ composition on top of the gold leaf covered surface.

We will then block in area’s with a light covering of ink and follow through with oil paint.

“The Kano school was the longest lived and most influential school of painting in Japanese history; its more than 300-year prominence is unique in world art history. Working from the fifteenth century into modern times, this hereditary assemblage of professional, secular painters succeeded in attracting numerous patrons from the most affluent social classes by developing, mastering, and promoting a broad range of painting styles.” (Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art October 2003)

What you will need on the day;

  • If you are a beginner the girls at Duthy Street Art Supplies can set you up with a beginners painting kit.

  • Experienced painters you will need your oil painting kit

  • Black ink to start

  • Gold Leaf & Size (glue for gold leaf)

  • Brushes small, large, hard, soft, rounded and square, detail brush

  • Palette and palette knife

  • Rags and paper towel

  • Containers jars or small tins for your mediums, solvent (odourless)

  • Baby wipes to keep (optional)

  • Plastic bag (for your used paper towels and rags)

Those interested are requested to pay a $100 deposit with the remaining amount to be paid prior to the course beginning.

(Please note because of limited numbers refunds or transfers can not be offered.)

Earlier Event: January 5
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Later Event: January 20
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