PD for Art Educators

Qualifications: B.Ed Visual Arts, The University of Melbourne Australia

Professional Development hours for Art Educators: 35 – certificate issued upon completion – this is available for all tours

International and nationally exhibiting artist – please see: www.catherineparker.com.au for professional Arts Practice and CV

The path of the Pilgrim, gouache, pencil and watercolour on paper– collaboration with Kamal Swami (India)- finalist in the prestigious Blake Prize 2011 and more recently in New Delh,India as part of the India- Australia Cultural Exchange exhibition Udarta/Kindness at the Habitat Centre, New Delhi and curated by Suzanne Davies, RMIT University, Melbourne; 

2015: It’s (still) a Beautiful World, SGAR Spiro Grace Art Rooms, Brisbane, Qld Australia

2014: Landscape Too, Airspace Projects, Sydney

2014: The Blake Prize for Spiritual + Religious Art, Directors Cut, Sydney NSW

2013: Collectibles, SGAR Spiro Grace Art Rooms Brisbane, Qld – www.sgar.com.au
2013 Drawn to India – A Message from Jaisalmer and Beyond in collaboration with Kamal Swami(India) University of Southern Qld, Toowoomba                                                      2013: Two Worlds, SGAR Spiro Grace Art Rooms Brisbane, Qld                                                     
2013 : Drawn to India – A Message from Jaisalmer and Beyond 2 in collaboration with Kamal Swami (India) + Lee Fullarton,University of Southern Qld, Springfield campus

As a qualified Art Educator who has taught in the primary, secondary and tertiary sector as well as conducted professional development workshops through Flying Arts Inc

www.flyingarts.org.au and through the Primary Arts Network  PANI:  http://www.learningplace.com.au/sc/ipswich/pani (see below for further details)  as well maintaining a thriving Arts Practice , I am well placed to combine these two for those wishing to upgrade their skills or utilise certain components of our Drawn to India Art tours for the classroom…but first, I feel it is important to make art for yourself  and from this place it will naturally flow into the classroom.

The Art tours are designed to trigger new creative development and inspiration. 

The tours are small – max 10, like minded artists so therefore focused and generous in spirit with sharing of skills and laughter.

The tour to Rajasthan utilises traditional Arts/crafts along with contemporary works on paper workshops where you have an opportunity to combine the two. We use natural pigments, make our own gum arabic and even have a traditional woodblock made with your own design  –

A Professional Development certificate will be issued upon completion of the tour and you will return a changed person from the overwhelming saturation of colour, magic and creativity that is India! The flow on effect to the classroom will be outstanding and infectious.

Requirements : It is expected that you have at least some basic level of understanding of making works on paper, working with paint (acrylic, watercolour or gouache – not in a traditional sense but chosen because of their washability and small tubes are easy for travelling), enjoy stepping outside your ‘comfort’ zone and playing with pigments, fluro markers, a bit of glitter, collage and found objects..

  Overview of acquired skills:                                       

Making natural pigment paints; making gum arabic that is the natural binder in watercolour paints

  • Woodblock – having your own unique woodblock with yours and your students (optional) design made in the traditional manner
  • Contemporary works on paper using natural pigments                                                   

  • Making an artist concertina book

  • Throwing pots in the traditional manner
  • On site drawing and painting
  • A richer understanding of the inherent value of the arts and the value of making your own work as an inspirational tool to assist others..
  • Being inspired by the random marks on just about every Indian wall that makes living and breathing art on a daily basis an absolute joy!

Outcomes for the classroom

Simple Artist Book in concertina format

Make a narrative and collate your travel experiences: ”Collage and forage”

simple concertina Artist Books

Woodblocks made in the traditional manner from the woodblock printing village of Bagru in Rajasthan:  see the wonderful youtube of the Anokhi Woodblock Printing museum in Jaipur, Rajasthan – they have all their prints made in Bagru- where we visit as part of our tour..and you will be able to watch them work and they will even print a block into your sketchbook!

Hand Printing Museum youtube: it is excellent
http://www.geobeats.com/video/242074/hand-printing-museum at the Geobeats awesome site for all things interesting and educational


Mixed Media works on paper

  • 1. Non toxic transfer techniques to transfer images from simple photocopies onto paper 
2. Play with fluro markers; gouache and glitter; pencil and acrylic 
3. Transfer your image on top over your spontaneous mark making – see image
4. When complete you can make into a concertina Artist Book

Collage and mixed media in Artist Book format:

Use sticky backed vinyl/plastic, contact sheets, paint sample cards from Hardware stores and stickers (tastefully cut out and thoughtfully placed so as not to be too cliched or intrusive)

  • examples using sticky backed plastic used as cut outs
Combine with newspaper cut outs; bindi spots (used by the women to indicate marriage and placed in the middle of their forehead – they come in 100’s of beautiful and colourful styles); stickers; glitter; gouache; acrylic and pencil
From humble beginnings – the sketchbook – let’s turn a few pages and see what’s  inside!
Exercise 1 – Never forget the materials most students and art teachers own or borrow – the humble biro pen..used in conjunction with other materials can be fun, spontaneous and not bogged down in preciousness:
In this hot pink work inside my sketchbook I have used  pigments made from mixing gum arabic used to bind the powders as used in watercolours  with the coloured powders found on every street corner in India and dozens of colours – lime; purple; fluro     yellow; orange – as you can see in the below picture – we then mix in small clay pots: 
2. Apply the mixed pigment onto paper, then have fun with your biro pen as a great contrast – in this exercise the participants are guided to select one or two motifs and apply biro on top of existing drawing –

simple mud mixed with local materials  to cover the adobe home walls and floors – painted into my sketchbook
courtesy of Stephen Spurrier from: The Delhi Diaries: Stephen collected whilst in Delhi in 2005, 100’s of found items ranging from matchboxes, lolly wrappers, discarded bits and pieces and like a Bowerbird he reassembled them and using multiple copying techniques randomly arranged them to produce a crazy book of overlapping images combined with maps, photos and postcards – 
Exercise: Forage and Collage
Collect found objects, newspaper items,  maps, luggage tags, matchboxes, bindi spots, stickers, henna hand manuals, magazines etc and cut n paste and overlap with  pencil, paint, ink; nikko pens; textas and glitter and anything else you can find!
Exercise: When home in studio or classroom – colour copy or black/white and then copy again by feeding it back into the copier machine – try placing your hand under the photocopier lid and gently pull it along as copying and the image will stretch..great fun!

permanent marker on top of wax crayon – drawing of archway at Tiger Fort – Jaipur

Exercise: apply background – wax crayon, pencil, pigment, watercolour, gouache etc and then using a permanent marker, draw over the top – simple but effective and fantastic for bold contrasts.

Transfer of image onto bulsa wood and fluro paint

explore different surfaces..


observational drawing of Pushkar musicians – fluro markers and gouache

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