This workshop explores the dynamic tradition of the brush as a rewarding tool for experimentation and contemplation.
We will explore and develop a personal brush languages as we use the breath to support spontaneous mark making.
Combining mark-making within surfaces of layered fibre (cloth and paper) for use in artist books, banners, cards and paper installations, participants will have opportunities to reflect on insights gained through repetition of asemic scripts and mandala practice.
A series of experimental ink exercises will combine innovative brush making and apply altered tools on a variety of paper surfaces. We will focus on creating a unique lexicon, a vocabulary of gestural marks to inform new work and expand your current practice.
Time will be devoted to integrating mixed media techniques into finished projects on panels and canvas with attention to mounting. Each studio sessions includes a demonstration and participants will be offered an eclectic collection of materials.
All levels welcomed in the spirit of Shoshin, a Zen Buddhism word meaning ‘beginners mind’… openness, eagerness without preconceptions…being a beginner even at an advanced level.
This course is dedicated to the remarkable legacy of the Northwest Coast Calligraphic tradition.
Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars and include daily lunch/snacks, relevant materials fees and any applicable taxes
Roberta Pyx Sutherland is a contemporary Canadian artist who works from Victoria and Hornby Island. From her first solo show at the Victoria Art Gallery in the 80s her work has continued to focus on the environment and the interconnectivity of all life forms.
Her work has been collected by the Canada Council for the Arts, Burnaby Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Toronto Public Library, University of British Columbia, Concordia University Library, and the Bibliothèque de Genève. Sutherland particularly enjoys creating site-specific installations. In 2012 she painted an Andy Warhol tribute for the Hornby Island Arts Council, one of the world’s largest Tomato Soup Cans. Magazines and e-journals such as Lions Roar, Culturium, the Uncertainty Club and Shambhala Sun regularly include her images.Click here to read more about ROBERTA PYX SUTHERLAND