Over two days in late May this year, HotHouse Company was pleased to welcome well-renowned Australian artist, Abdul Abdullah, to All Saints’ College as an Artist-in-Residence.
Year 10 student, Ayla Woodland, was fortunate to participate in workshops with Abdul and reflected on the experience:
“The two-day workshop with Abdul Abdullah was an interesting, fun and relaxed experience. Based in Sydney, Abdul works across many different mediums such as painting, photography, video and performance. He started off the day with an insightful overview of his works and how he uses his work to engage and express his background. His works mainly focus on cultural minorities, such as young Muslims living in the multicultural society of Australia. Abdul also showed us some of the different techniques and processes he goes through to create his different works.
“Soon it was time to photograph our lovely subject, College staff member Ms Sue Manolas. In honour of her never-ending dedication and warmth, and in the lead-up to her 30th year working at the College, it was only appropriate for her to be our subject.
“After we all took and chose our photos, Abdul taught us some basics in drawing the different structures of the face and how to apply it to our subject. He made it very easy for us and we all learnt some new and very useful tips. He then taught us this interesting technique he uses with portrait painting. We painted our subject in black to white tones as an underlayer before adding colour. It was definitely something we haven’t thought of before, but surprisingly made the process easier and, even with the extra layer of paint, faster. He also taught us how to mix different skin tones and add different hues to highlights and shadows to give our portrait some more interesting tones.
“With his excellent explanations and amazing skill, we all learnt so much and created something we should be proud of.
“Massive thanks to everyone who made these two days possible and Abdul Abdullah for allowing the experience to be such a success!” said Ayla.