Monday, November 4, 2013

Twelve art workshops
to nourish the creative spirit
A varied choice of arts workshops on this Summer School 2014 menu

Corban Estate Arts Centre brings together leading arts practitioners to offer their talents in a variety of stimulating workshops at its annual Summer School, from the 13th to the 17th of January 2014.

This summer, twelve inspiring and experienced artists will share their skills in a selection of diverse arts workshops, led by notable arts practitioners. Renowned sculptor Martin Selman, award-winning theatre company Red Leap and the Dream in Shadows Film Company’s crew will come on board for the first time to offer three brand new workshops at the Summer School 2014.

Sculptor Martin Selman is well known for his exquisite and refined Carrara marble sculptures. His commitment to the medium has involved extensive work, research and travel in New Zealand, Italy, England and Switzerland.  Selman’s workshop will introduce participants to stone carving techniques, the basic principles of design and how to transpose their concepts into soft Oamaru stone.

Red Leap is New Zealand’s leading movement and image based Theatre Company, renowned for fantastical theatrical work that enchants audiences.  Participants of their workshop will learn expertise in creating puppets and imagery to bring stories to life and discover powerful ways of storytelling, involving performers to complete the picture. 

In an end to end filmmaking workshop, a passionate group of film industry professionals come together to share their knowledge. This complete workshop will set up participants to tackle any film project, and will provide them with a simulated real-life film production experience that involves writing, acting, directing, producing, editing and screening. Dreams in Shadows is an emerging film company with multiple production projects that include TV commercials, music videos, documentaries and short films.

Other workshops offered at the 2014 Summer School include printmaking, oil painting, life drawing and painting, graffiti art, sculpting jewelry, darjit sculptures, singing, up-cycled fabric art and children’s book illustration.

In addition to spending time in the course of their choice, participants may choose to attend an evening where each tutor/artist presents an aspect of their arts practice.  These widely varied presentations are always a much anticipated element of the Summer School, stimulating ideas for participants.  Another optional element of the Summer School is a private visit to the house where Colin McCahon and his family lived, hosted by the McCahon House Trust. Participants will also meet McCahon House Artist in Residence, Tiffany Singh.

The Summer School provides participants with a week of arts experiences where they can expand their imagination, master new skills and push the boundaries of their talent. The spacious environment of the Corban Estate, gives participants the opportunity to meet others with similar interests and enthusiasm for creating art and often develop new friendships. 

Set in the character filled industrial winery buildings of the Corban Estate Arts Centre, with its parklands and handy on site cafĂ©, the arts centre is a twenty minute drive from central Auckland and there is abundant parking on the Estate. It is also only a ten minute walk to the Henderson railway station and town centre. 

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