DEVELOPING CREATIVE IDEAS
**PLEASE NOTE - DUE TO THE HOT WEATHER FORECAST (AND AN UNWELL TUTOR) THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN POST-PONED! WE ARE NOW WORKING ON ESTABLISHING NEW DATES**
Often during art competitions and open exhibitions artists and creatives are given a brief that sets the vision or scope of the artistic event. The Cannery’s Art of Isolation exhibition will be held in the main gallery this summer season, open to community members to exhibit works that fit the Art of Isolation theme. The brief: any medium as long as it draws inspiration from, or was created during, the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing social distancing measures.
Join local artist & teacher Jason Wooldridge for an engaging session focusing on finding your starting point, idea generation, and lateral thinking. Jason will guide participants while they explore their creative ideas, and lead participants in some observational drawing, to concentrate ideas and work on the technical aspects of drawing.
Participants are invited to work towards submitting a work into the Cannery’s Art of Isolation exhibition, an exhibition which will be held in the main gallery in January 2021.
This is a free session, gold coin donations welcome. Registrations required. Refreshments provided. Suitable for ages ~15+.
The Cannery would like to thank the Shire of Esperance and Horizon Power for making this event possible!
Tutor: Jason Wooldridge
Born in 1975 Jason Wooldridge is a British artist now living in Esperance, Western Australia. Describing himself as a “Maker,’ Jason has been ‘making’ for as long as he can remember. Knowing from an early age that he would make a career in the Visual Arts, he studied at Epsom school of Art and Design before going on receive an BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design and Illustration at De Montfort University in 1996. Jason chose not to pursue a life as an illustrator, but began making and painting and selling work in South West London. To make ends meet he continued his studies to qualify a teacher of Art and Design and for many years juggled life as an artist and a Teacher. Persuaded by his wife to emigrate to Australia in 2009, Jason made the transition from Art teacher to Design and Technology teacher and was suddenly exposed to a whole new world of the workshop and quickly learnt a whole new skillset. Before long he was making forged and fabricated steel sculptures, often combing the steel with timber elements. Over that last 10 years Jason’s sculpture has developed, and his style subtly changed. Mainly concentrating on the animal kingdom with the occasional foray into human subjects, his work reflects carefully observed gesture and poise.
Jason’s strong design skills and training in the client brief driven world of Graphic Design and Illustration has meant that he has been successful in the public art arena, completing some large scale works such as the ‘Whale tail’ in Esperance in 2015. Jason still teaches part-time while devoting some of working week to his passion for ‘Making’.
He has gallery representation locally in Esperance and also in Margaret River and Singapore. Two small children and a small farmlet means time is precious, but he finds time to exhibit locally and has consistently won prizes at the Esperance Art Biennial for both his painting and sculpture.