Class No 705- fee $420
Tutor: MICHAEL SHEPHERD
Sorry This Class Is Full – A Waiting List Is Available Though
This is a course for both professional and amateur painters using open-themed sketches and studies provided by the student. Michael will facilitate both the technical and conceptual elements in the paintings to be undertaken during the course. He encourages participants to reflect on the material they bring, that it is something that is very personal and meaningful to them.
Special emphasis will be given to materials and techniques for both early and contemporary practice by a tutor who has made a special study of oil painting technique. This workshop is suitable for both beginners and those with experience.
Michael graduated with a Diploma of Fine Arts (honours) from Elam in 1979. Three years later he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth Arts Council travel grant which he used to study 17th century Dutch painting materials and techniques in Amsterdam.
He has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand since his first solo show in 1980 . A recent major project included a research visit to Gallipoli and this has resulted in a suite of works, a number of which are currently showing at Pataka in Wellington. The national flag debate has produced another set of works which will show during the referendum in March at Two Rooms Gallery in Auckland.
His work has been purchased for private collections within New Zealand and internationally and is held in most major national public collections, including those of Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland Art Gallery and Christchurch Art Gallery. In 2008 he became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the arts.