masterclass series

SALA Masterclass: Chris Orchard (drawing), 'Identity and the Avatar'

The Mill in partnership with SALA Festival present a masterclass with Chris Orchard (SA).

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Masterclass Details:
Date: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August, 2018
Time: 10.00am - 4:00pm
Venue: The Breakout at The Mill
Cost: $400
Participants: some drawing studio experience is a minimal requirement.

Booking essential:

An old aphorism states that every time we make a representation of a head we are representing ourselves. This 2-day studio-based workshop will navigate notions of identity through the drawing of the head. For hundreds of years artists (in particular), have made images and objects based on the head, from observation and invention. The Avatar, the invented being is often a character the artist uses to examine the human condition and elements of Identity.

Participants will be guided through a series of strategies that provide opportunities to make small and large scale drawings of the head, their own and others and through repetition observe the evolution of the physiognomy of the entities drawn. In part I remain fascinated by the variability of the hand made, the slippages that become doors to invention.

Artists to consider include DaVincis’ Grotesques, Holbein, Antonia Carriera, William Blake, Goya, Van Gogh, De Chirico, Giacometti, Botero, Dobell Paula Rego, Mike Parr, Barry McGee, Jenny Saville, William Kentridge, Godwin Bradbeer.

Easels and Drawing boards provided. Participants are expected to provide:

  • 12x Sheets Bulky Newsprint. NOT Butchers paper.

  • 12x Sheets 200 gsm Cartridge.

  • 1x box natural charcoal, thick sticks, about pencil thickness.

  • 2x Charcoal pencils, medium.

  • 2x Sticks compressed charcoal, medium & soft.

  • White latex erasers.

  • Masking tape.

  • Retractable blade utility knife.

  • A rag, napkin size, old Tshirt or bed sheet.

  • Small personal mirror, like a compact mirror to fit the palm of the hand.

About The Artist:
Chris Orchard held his first solo exhibition 1975. 1982 Founding member of Central Studios Adelaide. Over 60 solo and group exhibitions to the present. Former Head of Drawing at Adelaide Central School of Art. 1984-1987 joined Air and Space Studios Berry St London. 2000 residency at Gunnery Studios Sydney. 2002 taught Drawing at the New York Studio School. 2011 Awarded the Arts SA Fellowship. 2012 Three month studio development of new work at Present Company, Brooklyn, NY. In 2017 awarded the SALA feature artist with a publication by Wakefield Press, “Christopher Orchard, The Uncertainty of the Poet with text by Peter Goldsworthy, Margot Osborne, Julia Robinson, Roy Ananda and Rod Taylor. Maintain studio practice in Adelaide and New York to the present. Represented in Adelaide by BMGArt, in Sydney by Wagner Contemporary Galleries and in New York by Stephen Rosenberg Fine Art.