Making the Art Happen!
3 Day Drawing Workshop with Marie Greeks
Friday 1 – Sunday 3 September 2017
$240 includes accommodation and food and art materials
plus dana/koha for the teacher
About The Workshop
Have you ever wanted to draw and express your creativity, but don’t know where to begin, or get overwhelmed by all that white paper ? Then this workshop may be for you.
We spend Day 1 experiencing and learning basic skills, such as using line,shading/tone, texture and composition. You begin from where you are and slowly move forward from this.
Providing the weather is good we will be outside drawing the beautiful plants that abound in the grounds of Tushita Ashram, or otherwise we will be inside with the still life and observing the female model. We learn to overcome the ‘head talk’ which creates nervousness and tension to relaxing into capturing the fluidity and life of what we see. Using a variety of media from pencil, charcoal, pastel and paint we note the different effects each time the media is changed. Day 2 pulls all these skills together and we’ll move on to construct an art piece which will reflect something of who we are. This will entail spending a little time thinking about what it is which inspires you, and what is it that makes you who you are. You may think of family, childhood, your personal environment, poetry, the natural elements etc. The ideas are endless and very individual for you. Begin to collect things which may be glued on to card. Things like old photos/photocopies, coloured paper, string, wool, shells, lace, textured paper and so on. An example is provided, by NZ artist, Claudia Pond- Eyley in the 1980’s. She has used her natural environment, her home, garden, female symbols etc. Note how simply she has worked,and the composition she has used. This way of working will allow you to take something with you which is meaningful and reflects something of yourself.
What You Will Learn on This Retreat
- Improve on existing drawing skills
- Learn how to ‘play’ with space to create varied compositions
- Learn to relax and capture a sense of movement in the things created
- Learn to see new things ie subtlety of line, shade from dark to light
- Learn different techniques using a pencil, charcoal to create different effects
- Learn how to mix secondary and primary colour to create tertiary colour
- Learn to use imagination in creating composition
What You Will Get From This Workshop
- An awareness of the inter-relationship between the state of mind and the finished art work e.g. how were they feeling, and the ‘look ’of the art work
- Taking risks and noticing the body/mind relationship
- Being experimental, allowing oneself to ‘play’
- Appreciating other’s art works and being generous with one’s own efforts
- Day 1 theme- learning skills and experimenting
- Day 2 theme- using ideas to express themselves in a very individual way.
What is Included on This Workshop
- All tuition and art materials
- 2 nights accommodation
- Healthy vegetarian meals and refreshments
- A beautiful and supportive setting
- Structured and free time
- Pick up from Kerikeri or Taipa (see details below)
The venue for the retreat is the beautiful Tushita Ashram Hermitage in Peria Valley, Northland. Set amongst the sub-tropical vegetation, Tushita Ashram is a unique and safe sanctuary with plenty of space, shared communal areas and areas to spend time alone, should you wish.
Accommodation and Meals
On-site accommodation and meals are provided for you. Accommodation is in shared rooms. Some single rooms are available on application, for an extra $20/night. The Ashram provides an outstandingly beautiful environment, grounded in a profound and deep tradition, together with well-designed, modern facilities.
Who is it Suitable For?
This Retreat is suitable for beginners, those with basic skills, and aspiring, returning and practiced drawers!
This retreat is $240 plus dana/koha for Marie. The $240 covers all your meals and accommodation and includes all art materials. Maries’s fee is not set and consists entirely of your Dana offering. Dana (meaning generosity) invites each person to offer according to their means and what the retreat has been worth to them. Dana payment is given at the end of the retreat. This can be in cash, cheque or by internet banking – an account number will be provided. (Please note: there is no Eftpos at Tushita Ashram)
Retreat Facilitator – Marie Greeks
Hello there. Just a quick summary of my own art experience.
I taught in secondary schools for over 25 years, including the NZ Correspondence School and then later Upper Hutt High and St Oran’s in the Hutt Valley.
There was always drawing and painting classes, print making, design and sculpture and later photography was added to the curriculum. I found myself specialising in painting and some printmaking, but was also taken with sculpture.
Teaching was fun but at times exhausting especially at end of year exam time. At the Correspondence school, where we had students from all over NZ, even in yachts at sea! We had folders of art for the old School Cert., 6th form and Bursary Art with anything up to 200+ folders to mark and evaluate. There was and still is a lot of talent in NZ.
My own work was mainly painting. I remember falling in love with the McKenzie Country and Central Otago – the hills and lakes, and these are what became my theme, always trying to get beneath the surface of what was apparent. What was light and how did light reflect or not at the meeting point of land and water. Mountains rearing up and eroding away again – always in a state of change. I did exhibit and sold back home which was Wellington, but it wasn’t so important to me. more the doing really. I also loved teaching art watching kids reach into some of their potential was exciting!
Workshop Details and Bookings
Start Date and Time: Fri Friday 1st September – arrive between 3 and 5pm for 6pm start
Finish Date and Time: Sunday 3rd September 2pm
Location: Tushita Ashram
Price: $240 plus koha/dana for Marie
Payment required: Non-refundable deposit($50) at time of booking via internet banking or cheque. Full payment must be made 3 weeks prior to the retreat to ensure your booking is confirmed.
Refunds: 100% Refunds(minus deposit) available up to 2 weeks prior to retreat commencing. 50% refunds available from then.
Accommodation and Meals: All included
How to Book: Get Tickets Here.
Questions: Complete the Contact Form here.
Getting There and Transport
The Tushita Ashram is located at Oruru Road, Peria Valley in Northland
You can reach the Tushita Ashram by car. Off street car-parking is provided.
The nearest airport to Tushita Ashram is Kerikeri. Air New Zealand provides regular flights to and from Kerikeri via Auckland. Pick up and drop off can be arranged from Kerikeri airport to Tushita Ashram for $25 per person each way. If people are arriving on flights within approximately two hours of each other, we will co-ordinate one pick-up.
Alternatively – if you arrive at Kerikeri airport in the morning – another option is to take the shuttle into Kerikeri($12), and then the 12.35pm Intercity bus to Taipa.
Intercity provides transport from most NZ centres to Taipa. Taipa is about 20 minutes drive from Tushita Ashram. Free pick up and drop off can be arranged from Taipa to Tushita Ashram.
Pick up and drop-off
If you require pick up and/or drop off from Taipa or Kerikeri , please contact us at least 1 week before your course or retreat starts so it can be arranged.