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How Do They Do That?

Event code: DES-03-069
Date/time: 27 July 2017, 10:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Bendigo Art Gallery and La Trobe Art Institute

Special themed event

In an introductory session at the La Trobe Art Institute, your students will learn about the design professions, the skills that are required for a career in art or design and how to reach their goal. A practical drawing skills workshop  at Bendigo Art Gallery will then help students to develop confidence in their own abilities. 

Drawing Workshop - Tattooed Self Portrait

This workshop complements the exhibition Rona Green: Champagne taste and lemonade pockets showing at Bendigo Art Gallery 24 June – 4 September 2017. Students will glean inspiration from the exhibition as well as other contemporary artists. Students will work from mirrors to create a self-portrait that they will embellish with tattoo designs, inspired by reference material supplied.

About the exhibition and artist

Tattoos, science fiction, B-grade movies and secret societies – this is the fodder of Rona Green, an artist renowned for her prints and paintings of anthropomorphic characters. 

Rona Green
Shitehawk vs Dirck 'Foo-Foo' De Cock
hand coloured linocut
72 x 108 cm
Courtesy the artist and Australian Galleries.

Champagne taste and lemonade pockets presents a menagerie of identities drawn from the last decade of Green’s printmaking practice. Adorned with the tattoos and uniforms of archetypal gangsters, urban legends and ‘Aussie’ stereotypes, Green creates a fantastical world where dogs postulate as stand over men, cats become villainous masterminds and rabbits are fierce cyber warriors. Funny, charming and habitually disturbing, Green’s work highlights the link between social and cultural identity and matters of power, value systems, and ideology.

Rona Green is a La Trobe University Bendigo graduate and is currently based in Melbourne, where she is represented by Australian Galleries, Melbourne and Sydney, Beaver Galleries, Canberra and Solander Gallery, New Zealand.

The exhibition is on display 24 June – 4 September 2017 at the Bendigo Art Gallery 42 View Street, Bendigo.

For more information contact the LEAP Team.

Applications close 14 July 2017

Curriculum links

Victorian Curriculum

The Arts: Visual Arts

Check out more information on this website about the design profession. Discover the skills needed, learn about making the leap to university, read stories from recent graduates and more...

LEAP learning outcomes: Understanding Professions
Year levels: 9,10
Target audience: School groups
Max numbers: 25
Min numbers: 15
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