It pays to subscribe to the Art Gallery of SA’s email list… Through it I found out about a deck painting workshop hosted by local artist Joshua Searson, as part of the Magic Object: Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art exhibition. I have a small (and growing!) collection of (skateboard) deck art, and thought why not add to it by creating something myself?
I roped in my fiancé – who typically prefers music making to art making 😉 – and off we went. We did not have a set plan for what we would create on our decks, though I had hoped we would come out with something we can display in our future home.
After some thought, he suggested that we create an image across two decks, so that our individual decks formed one image. I thought this was a clever idea.
It was interesting to see how the imagery on the decks developed. Spontaneous ideas, “oops” moments and discussion led to a unique end result. It was the first joint art making activity I have engaged in with my fiancé and a bit of a magic moment for me (haha I couldn’t resist an opportunity for a lame joke! ;)).
The artworks of each participant were varied and truly showed that one is only limited by imagination when decorating a deck! I think that everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable time.
The workshop was a positive art making experience, a unique opportunity to learn about and from a local artist, and excellent value for money. I strongly recommend you check out any future workshops the Art Gallery of SA runs – I know I will be! 🙂
You can also find out more about our workshop host, Joshua, and his art here.
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