Weekend Workshop: Cost £150 payable in advance using the Eventbrite link below or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make other arrangements.
Combining word and image across a small journal, students will find a personal way of drawing out what they find interesting about a particular environment they are located in. This workshop will provide students with key skills of how to research and formulate ideas about the world around us.
During the first day, the morning will be spent looking at examples of artist journals, as well as images and texts, before moving on to preparing our journals using various types of mixed media. The remainder of the day will be spent around the Moray Art Centre and its environs, gathering information and reflecting on ideas.
Over the course of the second day, students will be encouraged to push their methods of working, to transform the journal’s potential from sketchbook to artwork. We will have a final showing of everyone’s work before the end of the second day, with a chance for students to talk about their journal, and their experiences.
Students will develop skills in using a wide range of mixed media to prepare their journals, visually note-taking thoughts and ideas and how to build on these preliminary ideas. Students will also learn how to record and amass information in useful and interesting ways, enabling them to return to their ideas once no longer in situ.
Students will leave with an A5 journal filled with personal reflections. The journal will act as a physical reminder as to how to visually and ideologically get the most out of exploring a space, whilst also being an artwork itself.
Frida Kahlo, Leon Morocco, Pablo Picasso, Keith Haring are just some of the artists we will explore throughout the workshop.
All necessary materials will be provided and light lunches and refreshments will be available. Please notify us at time of booking if you have any dietary requirements.
Ginny Elston is a Scottish artist and educator, whose interests lie in the languages of painting, drawing and printmaking, as well as installation art. Following her undergraduate BA Hons in Art History and French, she went on to study painting for 3 years at the Leith School of Art in Edinburgh. She began her teaching career there in 2013, and has since worked for the Edinburgh Drawing School, the Edinburgh International Festival and was Foundation Course Leader at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, China from 2018 -2019. She was Artist in Residence at the Edinburgh Academy during 2013 – 2014, and received her MFA in Fine Art and Humanities at DJCAD, Dundee in 2016. Her work is held in national and international collections, and she has exhibited in the UK, Norway, China and the USA.