Fiona McMonagle in her studio, 2022 Mark Mohell. Photographed on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.<br/>

Explore Watercolour with Fiona McMonagle Online | Levels 3–8

Fri 22 Mar, 2pm–3pm

Fiona McMonagle in her studio, 2022 Mark Mohell. Photographed on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.<br/>
Past program

This program takes place virtually

Friday 22 March, 2024
2pm – 3pm

Join artist Fiona McMonagle online and discover the wonders of watercolour painting. Presented in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, this virtual event will show students how images and artworks inspire Fiona’s art making practice. Participants will also see how artists experiment with materials and techniques throughout the different stages of developing an artwork. Follow along in the classroom as Fiona demonstrates different watercolour techniques that students can further develop and use to create unique works of art. This program will also include suggestions for art making activities that you can implement in the art room or classroom in the future.

Students will:

  • Engage in some of the developmental stages of the creative process under the guidance of a practicing artist
  • Experiment with watercolour paints to create different effects on paper
  • Develop painting techniques that can be applied to the development of an artwork

Cost: Free
Duration: 1 hour

Students participating in this program will need:

  • Watercolour paints (you can use tubes of paint or watercolour palettes)
  • Watercolour brushes or soft paintbrushes
  • Plain cartridge or watercolour paper
  • A water pot and water
  • A graphite pencil
  • Eraser (optional)

About the Artist

Melbourne-based artist Fiona McMonagle is known for her watercolour portraits. She is interested in pushing the boundaries of ink and watercolour by exploring it’s use in moving image as well as creating large scale works. Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), McMonagle has exhibited extensively throughout Australia, both in highly successful solo exhibitions as well as curated group shows. Most recently exhibited as part of Portrait23: Identity at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia and The Art Gallery of South Australian as part of the exhibition Frida and Diego: Love and Revolution. Her work is held in numerous public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Portrait Gallery, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Monash University Museum of Art, UQ Art Museum, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Artbank and Maitland Regional Art Gallery. 

This program will be accessible via Zoom, WebEx and YouTube. Upon registration participating schools will receive their accessible link options from the National Portrait Gallery. 

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