Hands on creative art workshop
led by Gina Southgate
Using simple art techniques and a visual response stimulated by live music we will explore our ideas of life’s final journey resulting in a joyous artefact to commemorate/celebrate ourselves.
As part of the live performance of the London Requiem at Abney Park Cemetery in September, Visual Artist Gina Southgate will be painting on large scale canvasses as a live response to the music. Gina will be accompanied by members of Grand Union’s Youth Orchestra for this workshop, and participants will mirror and model her technique of being inspired by the sounds and sights associated with live performance.
As an artist, Gina Southgate's practice involves a variety of techniques and materials fuelled by internal and external stimulus to achieve her finished works.
This workshop is designed to be mostly practical and will move along at a racy pace so that an all age, all ability group can experience making art without the usual burden of skill. We’ll feel, see, and hear our way to making some exquisite pieces of personalised artwork.
Warming up with the simple hands on technique of mono printing to create busy patterned and textured surfaces. We’ll be joined by musicians of the Grand Union Youth Orchestra. Using wax resist, graphite and paint we’ll draw spontaneously whilst looking and/or listening to their playing. We’ll explore in short bursts how sound and tempo change our artistic responses.
Following a break, we’ll discuss ‘the journey’. What happens when you die? Where might you go? How will you get there? What would you like to take with you and what would you like your legacy to be?
As individuals or in groups using our workshop made surfaces along with found materials we will interpret our ideas to construct our own commemorative piece of work in 2D or simple 3D form.
Bring an apron/wear old clothes. If you have any brushes (art or decorating) bring them along.
Part of The Space Project
The Space: a new free digital arts service developed by Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC that could help to transform the way people connect with, and experience, arts and culture. http://thespace.org/