With our neighbours from Scarecrow we have developed a series of three seasonal flower workshops, with an art twist: create a winter still life inspired by the Baroque period in July; learn the art of creating floral centrepieces in September; and make a long-lasting wreath for the festive season in November. Sign up for a single workshop or enjoy $55 off if you purchase our series package deal.
WORKSHOP 1: Winter Flowers Still Life (7 July 2019)
Learn how to create a floral still life, inspired by vanitas still life paintings from the Baroque period, with winter flowers, foliage, foraged elements and personal keepsakes.
After an introduction by Assistant Curator Emma Jameson about vanitas artworks currently on display at the Gallery, we’ll discuss classic and contemporary approaches to flower and still life arrangements with artist Helen Bankers. You will be guided in creating your own still life, which will be professionally photographed by Helen. At the end of the workshop, you get to take home your flower arrangement, as well as a high-quality A4 print of your still life artwork.
All flowers, foliage and backdrop materials will be provided. You are encouraged to think about this piece in advance and bring in any element you might like to include to really personalise your work. In classic Vanitas artworks, props like a watch, shell or candle often reoccur. In this workshop, anything goes, from foraged pieces from your backyard to a piece of fabric, photograph, book or souvenir.
About Helen Bankers
Artist Helen Bankers (1978, Tokoroa) has always been attracted to the natural world, which has recently led to a series of illustrative and abstract photographs that celebrates the fine form and intricacy of flowers and plants. Her eye for composition and colour, combined with her skilful use of natural light, transform her photographs into timeless creations. Helen’s approach to photography is influenced by the work of ground-breaking artist Georgia O’Keefe and the still life techniques of the 17th-century Dutch masters.
WORKSHOP 2: Pastoral Table Centres (22 Sep 2019)
Bring the new season into your home through flower arrangements that dress up your dining table, bedroom or even bathroom. Flower farmer Christy Ralphs, from Nourish Gardens on Waiheke, will give a talk on sustainable practices in flower growing, after which you will be introduced to various approaches to design floral table centres. With the most delicate spring flowers you get to create a centrepiece in a style that complements your interior, which you can take home to enjoy.
WORKSHOP 3: Long-lasting Christmas wreath (3 Nov 2019)
Create a beautiful wreath to celebrate the festive season. You will be supplied with abundant fresh and dried flowers, evergreen, succulents and other long-lasting materials to work with. We’ll welcome you in the Members lounge with refreshments, and of course you get to take your wreath home.
Scarecrow is a café, artisan farmers market and florist in one. Its French country style interior, lively open kitchen and friendly staff brightens up this side of urban Auckland. Scarecrow’s florist opts for a rich, textured style, to celebrate the beauty of the country and bring natural elements into the cityscape.
Need to know
- Refreshments are provided at all workshops
- A single workshop costs $185 for Members, $235 for non-Members. Sign up for all three at once and you save $55 ($500 for Members, $550 for non-Members)
- The non-Members price includes a one-year Membership with Auckland Art Gallery
- Members that have a guest pass added to their membership can purchase an extra AAG Members Guest ticket for a friend
Maximum attendance: 20
This workshop has a minimum attendance requirement which, if not met, may cause it to be cancelled. If this is the case, those registered will be fully reimbursed.
Image: 'Blue Night' (2018) by Helen Bankers. Styling by Melle Van Sambeek.