Professional development workshop featuring artist Laith McGregor

Join Assistant Director, Artistic Programs Dr. Lisa Slade for an exclusive viewing of Archie 100: A century of the Archibald Prize followed by a hands on workshop with Australian artist Laith McGregor. Teachers will explore the art of the portrait and walk away with portrait activities you can adapt for your classroom programs.

The day will include:

8.30am - Registrations open, enter via the Fish Gates

9.00am - Archie 100: A century of the Archibald Prize tour Assistant Director, Artistic Programs Dr. Lisa Slade

10.10am - Morning tea

10.30am - First artist talk and workshop with Laith McGregor

12.30pm - Lunch

1.00pm - Second artist talk and workshop with South Australian artist Kate Kurucz

3.00pm - Finish Feedback

Professional development certificates, morning tea and lunch provided.

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Deconstructed portrait drawing workshop with Laith McGregor

Laith McGregor is best known for his highly detailed, large-scale drawing practice. His work highlights the complexities of being human and our position in the world today. 

The line as a symbolic gesture dates back to our primitive origins and is used to map, guide, express and converse. It’s central to drawing and the focus for this workshop. Following a detailed study of portraits in the Art Gallery of South Australia's collection, we will examine facial features and details relating to the idea of the line; such as contour, shape, form and expression. We will break down and deconstruct a portrait of your choice, by erasing, graffiting and expressing intuitive drawing techniques through different approaches to mark making. Let’s be brave, let’s go beyond our idea of what a portrait can be.

Laith holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) and has exhibited throughout Australia and overseas.

[1] Laith McGregor, “The art that made me: Laith McGregor,” Art Gallery of NSW, 2017.


Kate Kurucz

South AustralianKate Kurucz is a painter whose work uses narrative frameworks to explore the relationship between absurdity and the sublime. Kurucz's current research includes digital communities, doomed expeditions and alien communication and is driven by an interest in loneliness and connection. Showing her work in several solo and group exhibitions, Kurucz has also been awarded the Guildhouse Collections Project, won the R.S.A.S.A Portrait Prize and recently completed a portrait of Dame Roma Mitchell to hang in the Adelaide City Council Chambers.