exhibits assembled in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of
Slovenia are a rich source of creative inspiration. For this reason we have
been organizing various creative courses for a number of years. The present
exhibition shows the works of participants to the courses that were held in the
National Gallery between May and December 2019.
In the drawing course for beginners, the participants learned the basics
of drawing geometric bodies. They drew vertical and horizontal cross-sections
of the bodies, thus gaining the sense of their spatial representation. In
advanced courses, they applied their acquired drawing skill to drawing flowers
or upgraded it by learning about modelling and shading.
thematic painting courses, the participants, drawing inspiration from the
Gallery's pictures or photographs, painted portraits, figures or still-lifes. They
delved into the mysteries of nineteenth-century painting principles and
techniques. Each participant trained their painting skills with the help of a number
of adapted exercises which were accompanied by the mentor's lectures and
demonstrations. The final projects were copies of selected paintings from the
permanent collection of the National Gallery.
printmaking techniques course
participants in the course were trained in different intaglio printmaking
techniques: drypoint, etching, aquatint, reservage, vernis-mou. The intaglio
technique also enabled them to vary different techniques. They prepared
matrixes themselves and learned how to make quality graphic impressions. The
prints they made are evidence of their acquired technical skill and of developing
their own artistic idiom.
participants in the course learned the technique and expressive possibilities
of watercolour painting. They worked
outdoors in the surroundings of the Gallery and in Tivoli Park. Watercolour is
one of the most demanding painting media, so each participant, according to their
prior skill, tackled it in their own way. Different drawing and painting skills
resulted in a great variety of visual expression.
participants modelled clay in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. They learned
about the principles of modelling clay, different paints for colouring it,
glazes and patination. The course was adapted to each individual participant
and their level of skill, while they looked for inspiration in the wonderful
sculpture collection of the National Gallery of Slovenia.
Mentor of drawing courses
Mentor of painting courses
Nik Anikis Skušek
Mentor of intaglio printmaking course
Mentor of aquarel course
Mentor of clay sculpture course
Sabina Mattersdorfer, art teacher
Coordination of the exhibition
Tjaša Debeljak Duranović
Works prepared by
Tina Buh, Miha Pirnat
18 June –
30 August, 2020
National Gallery of Slovenia