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Young Geelong artists are embracing illustration – and these April holidays they’ll get the chance to embrace it a whole lot more at Courthouse ARTS!

BY Chelsea Hatherall | 28-Mar-2013
ARTS ATTACK is back, and while drama and dance are still key components, this time the program leans heavily towards the art of drawing. Renowned Geelong artists Samantha Thompson and Glen Smith will take several sessions over the second week of the holidays, including Illustrative Zine Creation, Brainsplat Drawing and – the Drawing’s on the Wall (where – you guessed it – participants will design and draw in posca on one of Courthouse ARTS’ prisitine walls!)

Geelong Illustrator and Kaleidoscope Gallery curator, Jenna Ramondo has been surprised by the increasing popularity of drawing. “Since creating Geelong Illustrators with Laura Alice and Morgan Connoley, we were shocked by the huge amount of creative illustrators that have emerged.” She adds, “I feel that the illustrative art form is definitely growing or becoming more exposed in Geelong, which is great.” So why the recent popularity growth? Glen Smith, who recently exhibited at Boom Gallery, believes that computers have had an enormous impact on the world of art and design, and that illustration has grown in popularity as a form of rebellion; “a metaphoric line in the sand reintroducing the hand of the artist back into the art making process.”

Or - the two hands of the artists, as the case may be. Eiichi Tosaki, currently artist in residence at Courthouse ARTS is a bimanual drawer: two hands. At the same time. He is in Geelong as part of the World Projection Conference and will hold two bimanual drawing workshops for Courthouse ARTS members – for free – in the first week of the school holidays.

SO for your drawing (or drama or dance) fixes these holidays – get in to Courthouse ARTS – but book early because places are limited!

April Holiday workshops:

Week One Eiichi Tosaki Bimanual Drawing Workshops (15+)- Thur 4, Fri 5 11am Shaun McLeod Dance Improvisation Workshops (15+)– Wed 3, Thurs 4 Apr 10am

Week Two - ARTS ATTACK (12-15 yrs old) – Mon 8 – Fri 12 April