This series of classes and workshops will encourage you to explore your own unique relationship with ink painting. It intends for you to learn the basics of Indian and Chinese (black) ink painting so you can adapt any technique to your own style.
1. Build strong foundations in black and white ink painting
2. Expand your knowledge in ink painting art history and techniques
3. Obtain skills to build and maintain an independent artistic practice
4. Develop confidence to undertake experimental technical/artistic approaches in developing your own style and creative potential.
Born in France, Sofie Dieu is a culturally and linguistically diverse artist. Her first encounter with art was through church. With a penchant for ritual and spirituality, her work is best known for its fragility and darkness.Sensitive to cultural cliches, she has developed from it a penchant for the non-obvious and what makes us unique.
Multi-art prizes and award finalist, Sofie Dieu's work was recently included in John Leslie Art Prize, Hornsby Art Prize, Sydney North Art Prize, Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, among others.
In 2016, she was one of the four artists who worked on the Camperdown Cemetery installation for the Sydney Biennale. She also co-curated « Keeping the body in mind » as part of The Big Anxiety Festival, in Sydney.
In 2017, she took part to the Great Alpine Artist in Residence Program, from which ensued Calling for Rain. This Community project was at the start of a long term collaboration with the region and traveled in 2018 from Gippsland to Sydney and Melbourne.
In 2019, Sofie Dieu worked with Latrobe Regional Gallery and Creative Gippsland for their Artist in Community Program (Latrobe Literacy Festival). This year, Dieu also participates to Les Lizières (Fr.) and Falls Creek (VIC) residencies.
Each class requires different paper types and additional material, though every time you will need to bring
1. Pigmented black ink, such as https://www.artshedbrisbane.com.au/art-spectrum-ink-50ml or
2. 1 small and 1 medium mop brushes, such as :
3. 1 large and 1 extra large brushes, such as :
4. Notebook and pen
5. Rags or absorbent paper towel
6. Wear dark clothes
7. Liquid containers (so your largest brush can easily fit in), think to reuse your take away plastic containers, they are stackable and won’t take much space. Don’t buy plastic please.
If you already own some material bring it all with you on the first day.
This program is for you if:
– You are experimental, intuitive and desire to step outside of yourself and find new
– You want to build your techniques and ink painting skills
– You have little to no experience using black and white water based ink
– You are an experienced or an amateur artist willing to expand your own practice
– You are creatively independent and want to move beyond the fundamentals of ink painting
This series of classes is not intended to teach you traditional Chinese or Japanese ink painting, nor to show you how to replicate another artist’s artworks or to produce hyper realistic paintings.