The Responsive Eye: An Introduction to Abstraction

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The Responsive Eye

Discover the art and techniques of Abstraction with Melbourne artist Narelle Desmond!

Drawing on a range of styles and influences, this practical one-day workshop explores diverse approaches to abstraction developed from the 1950’s to today. The methods and techniques you will experiment with will give you a range of skills and confidence to create your own finished artworks throughout the day and beyond. 

The workshop includes an introduction to abstract artists and examples relevant to the techniques being demonstrated. All materials and morning/afternoon tea are supplied.

 Techniques covered include:

• selecting a colour palette 

• blending colours and working with swatches
• How to create gradients

• Afterimages
• How to create hard edges 

• How to paint curves

Narelle Desmond is a multidisciplinary visual artist, a member of DAMP art collective, a graphic designer and an arts educator who currently lives and works in Melbourne

Narelle’s solo practice explores the physical properties of a broad range of materials through an examination of objects. Through aesthetic and conceptual considerations of object making, she considers how the function of objects can be manipulated and the broader context of materials themselves. Narelle recently held a solo show, Smart Objects Awkward Relations, at Caves Gallery in Melbourne and her work is currently on show as part of Unfinished Business: perspectives on feminism and art at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

As a founding member of artist group DAMP, Narelle’s practice also centres strongly around collaboration.
Working together in various forms since the late 90’s, DAMP have produced an oeuvre of performances, videos, installations and sculptural artworks. DAMP’s works have addressed the relationships between art and audiences in thought provoking and unexpected ways. Reflecting directly on the nature of collaboration, DAMP engages ideas surrounding audience engagement and cultural exchange. Significant exhibitions include Art holds a high place in my life 2016 at Monash University Museum of Art curated by Rosemary Forde, Art as a Verb in 2016 and 2014 at Artspace Sydney and Monash University Museum of Art, Bristol Biennal 2012 in Bristol, UK and the Asia Pacific Triennale 2010 at the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery.

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What you will learn
  • Practical techniques for creating abstract work
  • How to select colour palettes
  • Ways to generate ideas
What you will get
  • Methods and techniques to make your own finished artworks
  • All materials required for the day
  • Morning and afternoon tea

What to bring
  • All materials are provided however a small notebook may be useful
What to wear

Casual clothes, aprons provided

Appropriate for

Beginners and more advanced art students, some drawing skill an advantage but not necessary

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Course refund policy:

  • Full refunds for cancellations can be given up to 30 days before the course commencement date. If available, we are happy to transfer you to another course or workshop at a later date with 30 days notice.
  • A 50% refund will be given for cancellations up to 10 days before the course commencement date.
  • No refund will be given after 10 days before the course commencement date. Under exceptional circumstances a full refund will be given regardless of date of cancellation.
  • No make-up classes can be offered for our beginners courses.
  • Please note there is a $30 fee deducted on all refunds.

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Terms & Conditions

Bookings and class cancellations policy: 

Due to the high demand for classes and small number of places available in our 4-week beginners course, Fitzroy Painting is unable to swap, substitute or offer ‘make-up’ classes. Ongoing students please contact us if you are unable to attend a class. Absences without notification will forfeit the full class/course fee and receive no credit.

Should Fitzroy Painting be forced to cancel a class students will be notified as soon as possible prior to the scheduled class and will receive a credit for a replacement class or a refund as required.

Uncollected materials and artworks will be disposed of at the end of each year.

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