This is the first major three-week exhibition at the £3million Pier Cultural Centre and will include painting, photography and sculpture, and art workshops for all ages on 6-7 Oct, organised by Antonisia Schroder and Valquiria Imperiano.
Southend-on-Sea Tales is about a modern-day fairytale about Southend, the sea, and its mythology, telling a story about the mythical King of Southend-on-Sea, Braz; his instant love for the beautiful Princess Diane and their terrible fate when evil witch Bruxa wreaks havoc.
The exhibition is produced by Essex-based/Brazilian art photographer Antonisia Schroder and Swiss/Brazilian artist Valquiria Imperiano, who co-wrote the fairytale.
Antonisia has recently taken part in the Essex Summer of Art. She said about her new exhibition: ’To be one of the first artists to exhibit at the new Southend Pier Cultural Centre is very exciting and I hope to give visitors a magical art experience that they havent found before… My workshops are always fun and enjoyable and anyone can take part. I look forward to meeting lots of interesting people during my fortnight at Southend.’
To book your place at any of the workshops listed below, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07843 048040.
Flower Craft workshop – 30 September, 12noon
Make some amazing flower-based artworks, turning old into new! Please bring old unwanted clothes, pieces of material, buttons, decorations to create some funky new items. For further information please contact Antonisia Schroder on (07843) 048040. Tickets cost £10 which includes the return trip to the cultural centre on the pier train.
Story Cinema Time – 29 September 2012, 1pm
For all ages, an adventure is in store for you at Southend Pier Cultural Centre. Tickets: £10. Enjoy a magical Story Cinema Time, about the mysteries of the sea with King Braz and Princess Diane. All children are welcome to dress up as a character. Includes FREE professional photo.
Southend-on-Sea Tales’ Workshops: ‘The Observant Seascape – Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October
All ages are welcome / £20 per person, including the usual Pier admission prices.
Equipment for participants to bring: Your camera; suitable clothing; all painting materials you may require; with canvas (A4); a clear ACRYLIC A4 sheet; sketch book; glue pencils scissors
Walk along Southend-on-Sea Pier
Objective: To make photographic images from the observations you make as you walk along the Pier and to then create a painting using a ‘press painting’ technique. Participants should be aware of your surroundings and the people you pass: the buildings, the sea, shadows, reflections, shapes and light.
Produce between two and four finished photographic prints on 10” x 8” or A4 quality paper (photographic paper if possible, but don’t worry if you can’t; normal paper will suffice). Make a ‘contact sheet’ if possible of all your images. This is simple to do on most personal computers.
You will also produce a painting using a unique painting technique which involves painting onto acrylic sheets and then transferring that onto canvas.
Pin up on 7 October – This is a chance to ask each other questions in a constructive manner and gain confidence in presenting yourself. The ‘pin up’ of your work will take place at the Pier Cultural Centre on Sunday 7 October.
The purpose of a ‘pin up’ exercise is for you to think about what you have seen and recorded, what you saw and didn’t record and what you missed.
Each person will have the opportunity to talk about their favourite image shown in the ‘pin up’. After all the initial comments have been made, each person will then say a few words about their own image and answer questions.
Saturday 6 October - 1pm to 2pm- introduction to photography and painting
2pm to 2.10pm – break
2.10pm to 3pm – taking photographs in groups
3pm to 3.10pm – questions and answers with the artists.
Sunday 7 October
1pm to 1.50pm – pin up of photography
1.50pm to 2pm – break
2pm to 3pm – painting – using your favourite photo
3pm to 3.40pm – pin up of paintings
3.40pm to 3.50pm – break
3.50pm to 4.40pm – collage/book making.
Total hours: 5 hours, 50 minutes.
Creating a collage book with a photographic narrative
An exploration of the way in which art can impact on people’s feelings. It will also look at the impact of personal reflection in regards to art.
Using the pictures you have taken in the first exercise, create a collage book using your printed photographs and your sketch book to create a high visual impact with a series of photography which engenders in the viewers a wide spectrum of emotions. Try to show through the medium of photography your own personal reflections on the subjects of the photographs.
Create a book and improve your way of thinking through art. Develop creative ideas through compositions and analysis of photography.
Plan the process
Shooting experimentation and demonstration of your shooting (angles, lighting, composition)
Contact sheet if possible
Opportunity to be collaborative and learn from others
Think how to creatively design your book
Develop your personal skill
Create a story from visual images.