detail: Dorrit BLACK, Australia, 1891–1951, The Bridge, 1930, Sydney, oil on canvas on board, 60.0 x 81.0 cm; Bequest of the artist 1951 + detail: Mortimer Menpes, Britain/Australia, Outside a teahouse, Japan, 1887/88, Japan or London, watercolour, pencil on paper, 17.0 x 26.5 cm, ;Gift of Carol Adams, Ann Croser and Janice Playdell through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation Collectors Club 2010, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Dorrit Black + Mortimer Menpes

14 June - 7 September 2014 
Free admission


Information flyer available here >

The Mortimer Menpes and Dorrit Black learning program supports teacher and F-12 student engagement. These exhibitions bring to light two influential Adelaide-born artists, both pioneering painters and printmakers, who shared a love of recording the ordinary and natural and a common desire to travel the world to develop their careers in art. Learning programs are aligned with the Australian Curriculum: Visual Arts learning area, and connect to Cross curriculum priorities and General capability themes.

The World of Mortimer Menpes: painter, etcher, raconteur , curated by Julie Robinson, includes his work in all media - paintings, prints, drawings and ceramics. The exhibition will be the first museum retrospective of Menpes's work.

Dorrit Black: unseen forces , curated by Tracey Lock-Weir, includes all aspects of Black’s work – oil paintings, watercolours, drawings, textiles and her dynamic linocut prints. It will highlight her as one of Australia’s foremost modernist artists and teachers, who significantly contributed to the acceptance of modernism in Australia.

EDUCATION RESOURCE 
Education Resource available here >
 
EXHIBITION VISITS FOR SCHOOLS
Take a guided session with one of our Guides, or experience the works of Mortimer Menpes and Dorrit Black through independent self-guided group learning. Limited guided sessions available.
Suitable: Foundation to Year 12
When: Weekdays during school term
Cost: Free (up to 30 students)
Bookings essential: Email agsa.education@artgallery.sa.gov.au.
(Please provide 2 or 3 preferred dates/times in order of preference and indicate if a guided or self-guided visit is required.)

French language exhibition visits
Take a guided session of the Dorrit Black: unseen forces exhibition with our Art Language Program Guide in French using art expressions and introducing Dorrit Black's works of art influenced by her travels and studies in France. Limited guided sessions available.
Suitable: Senior secondary French language students
When: Mondays, Tuesday afternoons, Thursdays and Fridays
Cost: Free (up to 15 students)
Bookings essential: Email agsa.education@artgallery.sa.gov.au.
(Please provide 2 or 3 preferred dates/times in order of preference.)


IN THE STUDIO

Explore the many possibilities of portraiture in The Studio as transformed by Adelaide-based artist Brigid Noone. Following a visit to the exhibitions, students are encouraged to respond to the theme of portraiture using a variety of materials and techniques in the manner of Mortimer Menpes and Dorrit Black.
Foundation - Year 7 
This making activity encourages creativity and self-expression as students consider their own unique character and mood, by drawing and collaging their self-portrait on a range of patterned papers.
Years 8 - 12 (two Studio activity options available)
Two dimensional
This is a formal and experimental drawing activity, with results that are similar to an etching as seen in the Mortimer Menpes exhibition. Students will be encouraged to create a self-portrait by experimenting with line, tone and texture using pen and carbon paper.
Three dimensional
This making activity supports students to explore concepts of abstraction as seen in the paintings and linocut prints in the Dorrit Black exhibition. Students begin by creating a continuous line drawing and then translate their drawing into a sculpture using copper wire.
Suitable: Foundation to Year 12, activity is tailored to year level
When: Daily sessions, 11am-12pm, and 1-2pm following a booked exhibition viewing
Cost: Free, facilitator and all materials supplied
Location: The Studio, Lower Ground Floor
Bookings essential: Limited to 30 students. Email agsa.education@artgallery.sa.gov.au
(Please provide 2 or 3 preferred dates/times in order of preference and indicate if a guided or self-guided visit is required. If a Year 8 to 12 class, please also advise on preferred Studio activity).
The Studio is presented by the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation.


PRIMARY AND SECONDARY TEACHER WORKSHOPS
Join us for stimulating workshops which will explore the possibilities for Making and Responding in the classroom. Professional Learning certificates supplied upon request.

Modern Methods
Dorrit Black promoted design as the basis of all great art. Join Adelaide artist Lisa Young for a weekend workshop exploring the classical principles of modern design using the still life.
All materials supplied. Places are limited.
When: Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 August, 10am–4pm
Cost: $250, $200 Members
Bookings: Call 08 8207 7035
Where: Radford Auditorium

Face to Face
Learn the ideas and techniques of cubist portraiture with Adelaide artist Deidre But-Husaim. Work with oil paint and pastel to create your own portraits based on the masters of modernism. Places are limited.
When: Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 August, 10am–4pm
Cost: $250, $200 Members
Bookings: Call 08 8207 7035
Where: Radford Auditorium



FURTHER INFORMATION & BOOKINGS

Mark Fischer
DECD Education Manager

Ryan Sims 
Education Support Officer

Telephone: (08) 8207 7033
Fax: (08) 8207 7070
Email:
agsa.education@artgallery.sa.gov.au
North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia, 5000

Outreach Education is a team of specialist DECD teachers based in major public organisations. Each teacher creates and manages curriculum-focused learning programs for early years to senior students and teachers using the expertise, collections and events at their unique site.

image 1: detail: Dorrit BLACK, Australia, 1891–1951, The Bridge, 1930, Sydney, oil on canvas on board, 60.0 x 81.0 cm; Bequest of the artist 1951
image 2: detail: Mortimer Menpes, Britain/Australia, Outside a teahouse, Japan, 1887/88, Japan or London, watercolour, pencil on paper, 17.0 x 26.5 cm, ;Gift of Carol Adams, Ann Croser and Janice Playdell through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation Collectors Club 2010, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

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