Elemental Forces workshop series
The ‘Elemental Forces’ workshops series aim to offer experimental processes and innovative techniques to artists and creative practitioners who are looking to work in a more spontaneous manner. Under the careful facilitation of professional artists you will be guided through techniques that can be worked on paper or wood, using drawing, collage and painting as a basis of your creative inquiry.
Elemental Forces: Drawing techniques using fire - Arta Raituma 16th Feb // 18h - 20.30h
Elemental Forces: Collage techniques using water - Nina Fraser 23rd Feb // 18h - 20.30h
Venue: MAD - Marvilla Art District, Rua Fernando Palha 1, 1950-131 Lisbon, Portugal
Full details below
16th Feb // 18h - 20.30h
Fire is an element of transformation, purging what it encounters. Arta will introduce you to this playful and seductive element that is a core principle in her artistic practice. Participants are invited to learn a self developed wood burning technique that creates a hazy, nuanced visual effect using the symbiosis of flame and organic surface. The poetic contradiction between fire and wood suggests a recollection of landscape, and you will be invited to explore dream-like and surreal inner scapes. Expanding upon techniques, you will also learn to use a pyrograph - a wood burning tool that allows you to ‘draw’ onto wooden surfaces. Various textures and patterns can be created, leaving dark brown scorch marks on the surface - various possibilities will be shown by the artist.
Arta Raituma (1996) is an interdisciplinary artist from Latvia. In her practice she is focusing on the exploration of the sublime in nature and liminal states as well as creative placemaking through engaging with communities and investigating relationships between natural and urban environments. The core medium of Raituma’s daily practice is wood burning often combined with painting and use of organic materials serving as complementary parts of the overall installation. Additionally, documentary photography and performance are applied to create a concurrent narrative. www.artaraituma.com
Elemental Forces: Collage techniques using water - Nina Fraser
23rd Feb // 18h - 20.30h
Water is cleansing, flowing and calming, yet unleashes destructive forces and requires careful consideration to be tamed. Nina will introduce you to this balancing element through manipulation of wet paper and glue. Using water as a tool, this workshop introduces a self developed technique of adhering paper called wet-pasting, a skill that is particularly useful to those looking for more interesting glueing techniques when working with collage or mixed media. The paper is permanently transformed, giving collages a laundered quality, removing the gloss of popular magazines and drawing attention to the cuts and tears of the technique.
Nina Fraser (1984) works in a range of media including collage, painting, assemblage and sculpture, questioning notions of memory and place to expose the fragility of our constructed reality. She conceives her artistic path as a shared journey, co-creating projects and practical structures to improve our social and human experience. She teaches art workshops nationally and internationally, through Institutions, non-profits and independent projects. Nina graduated in Textile Art from Winchester College of Arts (UK) in 2006 and emigrated to Portugal in 2014. Exhibitions include: TAXIS DERMA, Museum of Natural Science and History, Lisbon, Portugal (2019); Qual Paisagem, Livraria Sá da Costa - Galeria, Lisbon, Portugal (2019) and Sublime, Mute, Lisbon, Portugal (2019). Nina’s work is represented in the public and private collections in Europe and USA.
All materials provided. This workshop is designed for all, from the beginner to the professional artist looking for a different way to process ideas. The workshop is limited to 6 people, and reservations can be made by making payment through the link below. The workshop is not suited to children under 14 years. Masks will be required to be worn throughout the duration of the workshop. Vaccination certificate / Covid test needs to be shown on entry.
€35 per person, per workshop
€60 for both workshops
Venue: The MAD – Marvilla Art District project is a cultural platform created with the purpose of breaking stereotypes of museums, cultural centres and traditional galleries, focusing on contemporary art and providing an exhibition, work and social space for local and international artists.
Address: Rua Fernando Palha 1, 1950-131 Lisbon, Portugal
NB: The venue currently has no toilet facilities. Apologies for this, there are friendly cafes close by.