Art of Permaculture Intensive Workshop to be held at Sydney Permaculture Institute. Imagine if there was a chance that you could express the complex ideas in Permaculture creatively with clarity and power.
About Art and Permaculture
Do you sometimes have an idea you find hard to express? Do you wish you could simplify things so others can better understand? Do you want to enrich your projects with good promotional material? Join us in exploring your artistic side, building skills and learn the basics of communicating powerfully and quickly.
Art has always asked the difficult questions. It has often been the brave voice of reason. And sometimes the shining light in troubled times. Through Art we can help make a difference:
- Stimulate self questioning,
- Open discussion
- Build awareness and
- Inspire people to create changes and
- Empower people to become part of a beautiful and productive solution.
About the Trainer – April Sampson-Kelly
April has been teaching permaculture for 20 years and in more than 60 countries. Because she teaches permaculture online, using her own text and to many people who need visual prompts, her artwork has traveled the world. Permaculture is a very complex design system and requires a lot of different skills to be understood and practiced well. Her artworks first set up to explain a lot of the tricky concepts in Permaculture. She has also done a range of permaculture designs for clients in Australia and abroad.
April started with a Masters degree in creative arts and has been successful in various artistic projects. She started as an accomplished musician, composer, and lyricist. Her inspiration began as she and her family began building their permaculture food forest in Wollongong 20 years ago. April started teaching permaculture online in 1993 and in her goal to present permaculture in plain English with lots of images and illustrations; she started developing different artistic media to develop permaculture education. She noticed that through art her permaculture clients and fellow educators are able to illustrate, communicate and inspire permaculture ideas. Now her work has traveled the world to promote permaculture. She and her son were the illustrators for the logo for 2014 International Permaculture Day. Some of her permaculture graduates have been inspired to design permaculture card games, more teaching tools and beautiful graphics.
During this workshop you will explore all the amazing ways Art can influence design and empower you to explore your concepts. From Patterns through to details we will explore various media, learn their limitations, skills required and find different media that enables you to convey ideas. Even if you think you have no artistic flair, you will be encouraged to explore your ideas and build your creative realm. With April’s unique combination of a deep knowledge of permaculture and passionate artistic background you can build the skills to create inspiring, beautiful and memorable designs. This is one of her iconic designs that have been top in online search ranking for over 10 years.
The Art of Permaculture
This workshop is for: permaculture designers; landscape architects and designs; design students; teachers; artists; community and school garden designers; anyone interested in art for self skill development and fun.
- What is your definition of Art? What different art forms can we explore (realism, fictional and propaganda)?
- Recognise how art has been integral and powerful in helping permaculture and environmental issues be better understood in the world.
- Discuss the types of design platforms, advantages and limitations (from spatial art through to software).
- The basics of design, how the permaculture principles can be applied to our workplace and lifestyle.
- Discover your unique aesthetic, find you art mentors/idols, determine if you are visual, aural, or kinesthetic.
- Explore reactive versus proactive Art.
- Determine where mainstream is and how you may be able to communicate to mainstream without compromising your goals and preferred techniques.
- Know your market
- Discuss what challenges artists face (i.e. writers block, client relationships)
- Define your goals and become empowered through focusing on how to get your passion to pay.
- Find out how to create employment, find your right-livelihood as a communicator and artist.
- Pitfalls and benefits of being self-employed.
- Discuss ways to overcome copyright concerns.
- Ways to collaborate with other artists and ideas people.
You will set your own goals, define your priorities and create the beginnings of new artworks. There will be lots of exercises in quick fixes, fun cheats, a little light-hearted art-soul searching and most of all an exploration of tools for staying inspired, connected to nature and making powerful permaculture messages.
All artworks shown are the work of April Sampson-Kelly.