Charcoal art gets high praise
- By Julia Wade
Celebrating Charcoal, an intensive ‘black, white and colour’ drawing weekend on August 26 -27, has been praised as ‘fabulous’, ‘totally inspiring’, well-organised and a whole lot of fun.
Created and tutored by Mangawhai artist Rosina Kamphuis, the workshop focused on theatrical still life props, organic matter and intriguing inanimate items, selected to unlock the potential and desire of the creator.
Local experienced artist and workshop participant, Wendy Leach says it was a ‘thoroughly stimulating weekend, with a great vibe’.
“It was a lovely creative group of artists of all levels of experience. After two days of working with charcoal… the varied range of artworks were dramatic and energetic,” she says. “Everyone enjoyed working with this medium even though it is a very grubby and smudgy process, but that was all part of the fun.”
Rosina says she was delighted with the enthusiasm and participation of the students.
“What a fantastic weekend it was, sometimes there was not a murmur in the room, then suddenly a box of birds opened up from somewhere,” she says. “Coffee and Dutch biscuits up for grabs any time, art exercises and instructions followed by discussions and collaborative explorations. Fun, hard work and inspiration was on the menu and the results were amazing!”
Due to the ‘dynamic and successful experience’ of the workshop, Rosina says she is planning an extension of ‘Celebrating Charcoal’ for 2018 including selling the final artwork to help fund Mangawhai Artists Inc new art building.
“This time the twelve artists will work collaboratively on one large floor-to-ceiling canvas, for a period of nine consecutive days. Ideally I would like to offer Council first opportunity to buy the canvas, with the idea of hanging it in a public building in our new up-and-coming Mangawhai Central,” she says. “My proposal was well received by the group, now I just need to make it happen!”
n Art from the workshop can be viewed on Mangawhai Artists Inc Facebook www.facebook.com/mangawhaiartists
BLENDING: Fingertips come in handy when creating original art; Kaipara artist Wendy Sundvick.