It has been a year since the National Gallery moved to its new home and opened the doors not only to its exhibition space but also to the Susan A. Olde Education Centre.
Since then, a diverse group of artists and teachers have led classes running the gamut of artistic styles and media, from sketching in pencil to still life, abstract art and photography, all led by enthusiastic and talented instructors.
In celebration of a successful year of providing art education, the National Gallery is holding an Instructors’ Show, exhibiting some of the featured works by the different teachers, including some by well-known local artist John Broad, who teaches the Sketching for Life I & II. There also is photography by Art Pasquali, pencil sketches by Gabrielle Wheaton, oil paintings by Lana Kostich and abstract art by Solenn Carriou.
This exhibition is designed to show that the art classes are run by artists, for artists, says Eme Paschalides, the gallery’s education manager.
“Our instructors are extremely talented but not necessarily known by the public, sometimes because they are not recognized professionally. Yet they are artists with a very high command of their medium which they can pass on to others,” she says.
“The show is hoping to demonstrate these skills and inspire people who wish to pursue art to come to our art classes, for the desire to understand artistic thinking and process and to discover what that understanding can bring.”
Those thinking of enrolling in a class can get a sense of the styles of art they can learn from different teachers, as well as gaining a better understanding of the artistic process, she adds.
“There are photographs and paintings in both oil and acrylic and in either abstract or realistic styles.
“However, artworks on display are not necessarily representative of the traditional method taught in a given class and it is interesting to see how instructors develop their own method and ideas.”
We are fortunate here to benefit from a very rich and varied art scene, continues Eme.
“We work with many artists, both locally and from abroad, who all have very different and individual ways of teaching. The Education Centre encourages an art scene which allows individuals to learn from a range of artistic philosophies and approaches. Our classes thus ensure that different points of view in contemporary culture are represented.
“This show is also a celebration of the first year of the studio’s existence. The Education Centre has been extremely busy and we are expecting the new year to be as dynamic and exciting as the first one was.”
The Instructors’ Show is on display in the Dart Auditorium until 22 February.