Horizon Festival – 10 arts-fuelled days // 28 Aug - 6 Sep 2020
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Laith McGregor // Face Time

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Laith McGregor // Face Time

Guided by Laith McGregor, examine facial features, create quick studies then draw/paint a self-portrait which you will later deconstruct by drawing, erasing or graffiti.

The line is used to map, express and converse, it is an immediate action that bridges consciousness. It is central to drawing and painting and the focus of this workshop. The line as a symbolic gesture dates back to our primitive origins and has filtered into the fabric of everyday life. A primal instinct, the line is used to map, guide, express and converse, it is an immediate action that bridges consciousness.

The day will be divided into two components, the first will consist of a detailed study of the face. We will start by examining facial features and details such as contour, shape, form, expression and notions of the self. Following some quick facial studies we will draw/paint a self-portrait with the intention of creating a finished artwork. After a break we will proceed to deconstruct the drawing, by erasing, graffiti, drawing over and expressing subconscious thought while using the portrait as a subject for contemplation and further perception. Let's be brave, let's go beyond our idea of what a portrait can be! 

Image: A Thousand Tears | 2019 | oil on canvas | found objects and custom frame | 145 x 138cm. Courtesy of the artist and Station, Melbourne.

How to get there

Age/Access

5+
Venue is wheelchair accessible