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Round-robin art

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April 30, 2018

Philippa Schapper enjoyed working with textiles.

Kaye Poulton showed participants how to work with ceramics.

Participants worked to create four different pieces of art.

Participants spent one hour with each artist.

Madeleine Keil hard at work with her ceramic piece.

Hands-on learning was in full swing at the G.R.A.I.N Store, Nathalia, recently with a round-robin event for budding artists to learn from their peers.

The workshop, Hands-on with the Splinter Group, allowed participants to learn from four members of the Splinter Contemporary Artists, teaching four different techniques to produce four pieces of artwork.

G.R.A.I.N Store administrator Kristen Retallick said participants learned a number of unique skills and techniques across a range of media including textiles, ceramics, assemblage and collage.

‘‘It was a round-robin style, so participants worked with one artist for one hour before moving on to the next,’’ Ms Retallick said.

‘‘It went really well, everybody was very positive about it and made good connections with each other.’’

Sixteen participants, made up of local artists and art enthusiasts, worked with Judith Roberts, Kaye Poulton, Kerry Handwerk and Lynne Hume.

These Splinter artists work to create thought-provoking works, seeking to engage critical debate about life and culture through their art.

The first Splinter Contemporary Artists meeting was in Kyabram 20 years ago, and since then 80 past and present members have staged exhibitions, contributed to community and public art projects, offered workshops and worked collaboratively with other artists.

While this was the first time the G.R.A.I.N Store hosted an event of the kind, Ms Retallick said she hoped to plan more in the future.

‘‘This was the first time running workshops in this format since the store opened,’’ she said.

‘‘I think everyone was surprised about being able to be so productive in such a short amount of time.’’

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