Proteus Gowanus » Elizabeth O’Reilly An interdisciplinary gallery and reading room Sat, 19 Sep 2015 22:40:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Two New Zone A Workshops: Drawing & Watercolor Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:01:41 +0000 Series begin March 1 and March 2 respectively, 10am

Proteus Gowanus is hosting two new Zone A Workshop series taught by two experienced artists and teachers. In honor of our yearlong theme, both workshops focus on painting and drawing WATER. Read on for more information…

Workshop 1: Drawing the Gowanus
A workshop for parents and children (8 – 16 years old)
Instructor: Lado Pochkhua

Saturdays 10 am – 12 pm
Four Sessions: March 1, 8, 15, 22
(Participants can attend one or more workshops)

Price per workshop: Parent and child: $75, Individual (child or adult) $40
Price for four sessions: Parent and child: $250, Individual child or adult: $160
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An introduction to drawing techniques, including charcoal, graphite,  pen and ink and collage. Participants will explore the post-industrial landscape and artifacts of the Gowanus Canal. The workshop will include a stroll along the Gowanus and a tour of the Hall of the Gowanus, a mini-museum of the canal at Proteus Gowanus.

Lado Pochkhua was born in Sukhumi, Georgia. An accomplished, classically trained artist, Pochkhua graduated from the Sukhumi College of Art in 1994 and the Tbilisi Academy of Art in 2001. He has exhibited internationally in Georgia, Russia, Hungary and the United States. In 2013, he had a solo exhibit at the Georgian National Museum in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Workshop 2: Watercolor Techniques for Painting Water
A workshop for adults (16 years or older)
Instructor: Elizabeth O’Reilly

Sundays, 10 am – 12 pm
Four Sessions: March 2, 9, 16, 23

Price for Four Sessions: $160
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Elizabeth O’Reilly will teach basic watercolor techniques with a focus on rendering the shimmering movement of water. Water as a subject lends itself beautifully to the watercolor medium, but capturing its fluidity with this medium is a challenge. This class focuses on combining wet-on-wet and dry techniques with transparent colors to convey the illusion of water. Looking at images of water created by various artists will help us to use and incorporate a variety of techniques and tools to master this subject.

Elizabeth O’Reilly received her MFA from Brooklyn College, New York, and her B.Ed from the National University of Ireland. She has participated in residencies at the Ballinglen Foundation, Ireland, the Ucross Foundation, Wyoming, the Ragdale Foundation, Illinois, and has received numerous awards, including a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant.   A documentary on her work, Ealaiontóir Thar Sáile (An Artist Abroad) was shown on network TV in Ireland. O’Reilly shows at George Billis Gallery in Chelsea, New York, and internationally. She has taught at The New School for Social Research, Pratt Institute, and Brooklyn College as well as private workshops out of her studio in Brooklyn.  Her work is included in Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views by Lauren Della Monica.

These programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


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