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UPCOMING SEPTEMBER WORKSHOPS: TUESDAY 6 OCTOBER @ THE FIELD ROSE BAY

CAPTURING SPRING – TRACING SOUNDS AND MOVEMENT THROUGH DRAWING

  • This workshop is an introduction to expressive and experimental drawing.
  • Students will discover how drawing and music can be used to express and connect with nature.
  • Through movement and mark-making, students will explore how to capture tactile (physical) and intangible (emotional) experiences on paper.
  • By engaging four senses––sight, touch, smell and sound––students will undertake a series of mindful exercises to inspire their drawings.   
  • Students will be challenged to let go of judgement and control in order to embrace freedom, creativity and play.
  • The artist will perform a solo flute piece, ‘Spring Has Sprung’ composed especially for this workshop by her grandmother, Rosalind Carlson (Australian Composer). Listen to this delicate and meditative instrument, explore the free flowing, coming alive and soft movements of spring.
  • Learn: techniques of blind contour drawing, frottage (rubbing), collage, improvisation and the use of text in art.
  • Feel: liberated, inspired, connected, grounded, calm, reflective.
  • Create: a series of artworks to take home which capture what spring means to you.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Develop an understanding of abstract expressionism, surrealism and performance art and how artists embrace improvisation, movement and focus on process over outcome
  • Learn drawing and printmaking techniques: blind contour drawing, frottage (rubbing), collage and text
  • Learn how to practice mindfulness and the core skills: observe, describe, participate 
  • Learn how to draw from sensory experiences (e.g. smell the scent of lavender, listen to the sound of birds, notice the vivid colours, feel the petals of a flower)
  • Discuss emotive words and different feelings associated with the four seasons and colours––learn how to incorporate text into your artwork
  • Explore the relationship between two forms of artistic expression: musical composition and visual art 
  • Understand what it means to express YOURSELF and the importance of authenticity. 
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BROOKE LEIGH

Brooke is a multi-disciplinary artist from Sydney whose practice explores the performative aspect of drawing. Leigh understands drawing through Catherine de Zegher’s definition that ‘drawing, through its qualities of fluidity and immediacy, is a process that is always in stages of becoming.’ Over the past seven years, Leigh’s work has evolved from gestural charcoal drawings influenced by interests in surrealism, abstraction and the unconscious to encompassing live performance, video, audio, photography, textile, object and installation. Her work investigates how the performative act can become a cathartic experience for internalised distress and suffering. In this sense, catharsis becomes the catalyst for understanding and acceptance. Supported by the Royston George Booker Scholarship for overseas research, Leigh was a Master of Fine Arts student and visiting scholar at LUCA School of Arts in Ghent, Belgium for twelve months.

In 2016, Leigh presented her first live performances (‘BEGIN’ and ‘Fracturing Silence’ at Croxhapox, Ghent), drawing collaborations (‘Chalk Dialogue’ and ‘mE/Us’ at Draw to Perform Symposium, Crows Nest Gallery, London), participated in International Performance Art Venice 2016 (The Praxis of Performance Art mentored by VestandPage), and featured as a ‘Šilainiai Project artist-in-residence in Kaunas, Lithuania. Informed by these experiences, she published as author ‘Moving Marks’, in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, 39:1, Cambridge: MIT Press (2017); and ‘Time Trace: A drawn perception’ in Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice, 1:2, Bristol: Intellect Books (2016). In 2017, Leigh was awarded with a Master of Fine Arts by Sydney College of the Arts for her thesis and project, ‘Drawn-Out: trace and catharsis’. Live and documented iterations of Drawn-Out have been featured in exhibitions such as MCA ARTBAR curated by Julie Rrap (2017) Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; New Contemporaries (2018), SCA Galleries, Sydney College of the Arts; and Dobell Drawing Prize #21 (2019) at National Art School.

In December 2019, Leigh graduated from a two-year Dialectical Behaviour Therapy course. Foregrounded in mindfulness practice, the experience of this expanded her understanding and awareness of emotion, the human body and connection. Leigh has exhibited and performed in Australia, Belgium, Lithuania, Italy, Spain and the UK.

WHAT MESSAGE/FOOTPRINT DO YOU WANT TO LEAVE IN OUR WORLD?

By cultivating validation, awareness, reflection and understanding, I seek to challenge social behavioural responses of judgement, discomfort and intolerance.

WEBSITE: https://brookeleigh.com

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