The Art of Staying Calm

Balinese artist Made Griyawan will hold a two-day masterclass at Umbrella Studio contemporary arts this weekend.

Umbrella Studio contemporary arts’ latest artist in residence will teach more than technique in his masterclass this weekend.

Bali’s Made Griyawan said his art style helped to develop control beyond the brush stroke.

“The patterns I make are the same all the way through: there’s sketching, and then outlines, and then layers – so making this can be boring. But I think it’s not important how long it takes, because I think it is a treatment or meditating art,” Made said.

“In my workshop, I hope not just to show the drawing techniques but how to control those emotions. If you’re emotional and not controlled, it will not work. I see when I have students, there are some that are bored, some active, and some emotional. And all are OK – you can be bored or active or emotional, as long as it is inside the lines. Because in life we can be all of those things but we must know they are OK within limits. So I will try to teach how to control your character as well as the painting techniques.

“This is my first time in Australia and I’m enjoying it lots, it’s lovely. I’ve always done art but always like to try new things, so while I am here I am teaching my technique but trying new things that people here know as well. So I learned some silk painting, and now I will take that home and combine it in my work.”

Umbrella Studio Gallery Coordinator Angela Little said hosting Made was a very exciting opportunity for Townsville.

“Locals have definitely benefited from previous workshops with resident artists, so we’re very excited for this weekend to see what everyone takes away from their time with Made,” Angela said.

“This is the third year of Umbrella’s Artist in Residence (AIR) program – and each year we have one international artist and one from somewhere in Australia. Previously, both international artists have been from New Zealand so it’s exciting to be branching out to somewhere different and for Made to share his culture with us.”

Catch Made Griyawan’s artist talk and open studio at Umbrella Studio contemporary arts this Friday 3 August at 10am, or register for his masterclass workshop from 10am-4pm this Saturday and Sunday, with more details here

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