I saw her on the way to fix my fixie in Fitzroy. Was she visiting from Denmark or somewhere? I could show her the way to Smith and Daughters to share some bitey black beans and chewy hominy (like rehydrated puffed giant corn kernels)(detail) | 2017. Courtesy of the artist.
At home in the modern world with Rob McHaffie

Water Colour - Made by Hand - Sunshine Coast Art Prize Workshop

Guided by Melbourne-based artist, Rob McHaffie, learn about the use of collage to make references for paintings that explore narrative and the world we live in with an emphasis on portraiture and its relationship to the built environment. 

The first half hour is to introduce the participants to the use of personal collage to construct a reference for their finished painting work, then look at various collage artists and run through Rob's own personal practice of collecting and reimagining scenes using both found and personal photographs. Participants will then construct a collage assessing composition and narrative possibility’s while they work and adjust imagery before fixing it in place for a final reference. Participants will then be taken through watercolour painting techniques, before using their collage reference as a guide to creating a finished watercolour painting. Through painting their own collage students can use the effects of watercolour to vary colour, composition, and focal paints of the painting. 

Location Date and Time Cost  Registration 
Caloundra Regional Gallery
Wednesday 28 August, 10am-3pm
$86 Register

Registration essential. Complimentary tea/coffee provided. Bring your own lunch.

Materials to bring

  • Art shirt or apron to protect your clothing
  • Magazines (for collage – fashion, National Geographic, interior or architectural)
  • Water colour paints
  • 2 - 3 sheets of A3 size watercolour paper
  • Brushes

Cartridge paper, pencils, glue, scissors etc will be supplied.

Rob McHaffie is a Melbourne-based artist interested in portraiture and place. His observational based paintings combine a wide variety of local and found imagery to tell personal stories and encounters. His works are found in many Australian and overseas collections including the MCA and the AGNSW, Sydney, GOMA, QLD and the NGV, Melbourne.

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