printmaking, drawing, painting, collage, photography, found objects… capture your journey through Morocco with MARTIN KING! 16 – 30 November 2015. As we explore Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains and southern Morocco, Martin will share his skills and experience in drawing, print-making and a variety of media and base our program around the development of an ‘artists book’ or books.
Martin King, lake hindmarsh project installation 2011. etching, painting and fallen branches, variable
Renowned artist MARTIN KING will lead a 14 day Art Tour for Amazigh Cultural Tours Morocco.
Martin has been making artists books for many years and has a keen interest and passion in the process. The artist book can be developed in the studio or in the field. It can develop into a complete work or remain a playful and capricious exploration of one’s ideas and images! The artist book may contain a narrative or be a random collection of images which attempt to capture the sense of the journey. It can be elaborate or simple, graphic or abstract, and can include drawing, printmaking, painting, collage, photography, found objects, or any appropriated images or materials.
The Japanese style Moleskine book that will be provided and is a ready made concertina fold out sketch book., will be the focus of one activity, but there are many different styles and sizes of book which we suggest participants can bring or create along the way.
We will develop some water-based mono-printing, lino or woodcuts, together with a range of different art processes, including drawing and watercolour. Reviews and critiques of the works and evening discussions will be a time to share ideas as we learn about Morocco.
Presenting Specialist Art Tours, ACTM works with selected artists who enjoy travel, have a culturally sensitive approach to place and a specialist media or area of practice that provides a focus for a cultural experience with a difference. We will traverse a large part of southern Morocco and the Atlas Mountains. Beginning in the ancient city of Marrakech we will travel to the Sahara passing through rugged landscape, oasis valleys, exploring the Ksars and Kasbahs of the adobe villages en route.
Primarily an immersive, cultural holiday we will explore the rich and complex history and contemporary life of Morocco where the indigenous Amazigh (Berber) people maintain a strong connection with the land and their ancient traditions and lifestyle. Finding a balance between site seeing and art making, some days will involve guided tours, visits to major cultural sites or long drives through spectacular landscape, while other days will devote more time for art-making.
The warmth and good humour of the people in Morocco is immense and the insights into the Islamic world, Amazigh spirituality and contemporary life are fascinating. Accommodation is provided in the most comfortable traditional guesthouses, where we will enjoy the extraordinary delights of local food, hospitality and traditional music. Traveling with a small group of like-minded people and an experienced team of co-hosts including Australian artist/curator Rita Lazauskas and professional Amazigh Guide Abdenabi Imelouane, the program offers an innovative and creative way to explore a new place that is stimulating, supportive and safe.