When: Saturday 18 April, 10.30 am - 3.30 pm

Where: Workshop within the Commonwealth Growth Centre, MAMA

Price: $120 ($108 moMAMA/concession)

Bookings: All materials provided

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Learn to capture the detail and beauty in Australian native plants in this full day workshop with Sophie Dieu.

Using a variety of inks, paper, brushes and pen, learn to create subtle layers in your work, as well as playing with light, darkness and texture.

Sophie will help you see the unique architecture, or botanical structure, of the plants and flowers, and work with you to develop your own unique style of rendering what you see.

In the morning you will create the background of your works, before adding the plants and flowers of your choice. In the afternoon you will experiment with white ink detailing to add depth and contrast to your paintings.

Students will have the opportunity to complete a few A4 and A3 sized paintings on both watercolour paper and handmade textured paper. This workshop also includes tips for composition, archival arts, and how to create in series.

What you will learn

  • Build a foundation in ink painting
  • Develop your own floral art lexicon
  • Experiment with wet on dry and wet on wet techniques
  • Develop the confidence to experiment and develop your own unique style
  • Tips for composition
  • Making a work suitable for archive
  • How to create a series without becoming repetitive

A casual display will be organised by the end of the workshop, for everyone to enjoy each other’s work.

SATURDAY 18th BOOKED OUT, second date added Sunday 19 April

Meet the Tutor: Sofie Dieu

White woman with hair in bun holding a book with ink painting

Born in France, Sofie Dieu is a culturally and linguistically diverse artist. Her first encounter with art was through church. With a penchant for ritual and spirituality, her work is best known for its fragility and darkness. Sensitive to cultural cliches, she has developed from it a penchant for the non-obvious and what makes us unique.

Multi-art prizes and award finalist, Sofie Dieu's work was recently included in John Leslie Art Prize, Hornsby Art Prize, Sydney North Art Prize, Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, among others.

In 2016, she was one of the four artists who worked on the Camperdown Cemetery installation for the Sydney Biennale. She also co-curated « Keeping the body in mind » as part of The Big Anxiety Festival, in Sydney.

In 2017, she took part to the Great Alpine Artist in Residence Program, from which ensued Calling for Rain. This Community project was at the start of a long term collaboration with the region and traveled in 2018 from Gippsland to Sydney and Melbourne.

In 2019, Sofie Dieu worked with Latrobe Regional Gallery and Creative Gippsland for their Artist in Community Program (Latrobe Literacy Festival). This year, Dieu also participates to Lizières (Fr.) and Falls Creek (VIC) residencies.