It can be argued whether it is more important to be able to read the meaning of a work of art or to receive aesthetic impressions when dealing with art. Art is a language and one can try to read it. It may be helpful to know the meaning of the symbols used by artists. Can we look at a painting or read it? It depends on who is looking. For the Australian Aborigines, painting is a story, a record of a myth or a map of the land, repeated for generations. For people from outside their cultural circle it is a modern abstraction in form. The workshop proposes to “read” this painting.
During the workshop, the participants will become familiar with the dictionaries of meanings used by Aboriginal painters. They will learn how to read their paintings and find out why they ‘dot’ their paintings. They will read, write and paint. They will make a painting interpretation of one of the Aboriginal myths.
The workshop will require prints, which participants will receive after signing up via a form, and painting materials – any paints, ear sticks, pencil with a sponge. Or simply markers or crayons. Registration for the workshop is compulsory, possible from 10 May via the form on the Zachęta website.