Teaching

Christine Porter Australian Artist. Painter, printmaker, teacher, publisher and writer. christineporter.com.au

An experienced teacher

Christine Porter, artist and arts-educator based in Lismore, NSW, provides parent/child art experiences as well as school-age, one-on-one and small group,  art tuition.

Christine knew in grade two that she was going to be a teacher. She would have no idea what this would mean half a century later. After teacher’s college, she went north and west in 1984, working as a governess on a cattle station near Charters Towers, then further west again the following year, with the Dept of Education. She moved with them from one end of Qld to the other, ending up in Goondiwindi in 1988. In total she only stayed in the classroom for 5 years, but has included teaching as an important part of her practice.

Teaching Summary
More than thirty years as a full-time professional artist. 
A qualified and experienced teacher having  taught every age group from kinder, to university and adult classes.
Has been teaching art since 1990 and art-business since 1996.
Appropriate working with children documentation in NSW and Qld. 
Experienced Toastmaster (ACS,CL) Compete to district level.
Her teaching strategies include explanation, demonstration, note-taking, taking into account the various learning styles of her students, often student-led content. 

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Who does Christine teach?

ADULTS
– beginners, experienced, coming from other media, non-artists, fearful artists, hobby artists/
One on One
consults, or ongoing series of classes . Painting, drawing, printmaking or art-business 
Friendship groups – organise a birthday party with a difference. Plein air workshop or other
Workshops – art groups , or run by Christine. Painting, drawing, printmaking, plein-air, basic book binding, 
Retreats – art immersion weekends at a sheep station

CHILDREN
School Visits – free if Christine is in your area already 
School Workshops – either whole small school multi-day residencies, or single year level or class. Printmaking, painting, drawing, plein air. 
One on One – best suited for high school. Meetings by zoom and/or in person. Student led content. 

TEACHERS – Christine can offer training and PD for teachers who take part in workshops

FAMILIES

The Step Away program is aimed at parents and their children to m,ake art together, out of doors, over several saturday afternoons. 
Family Grouping/home schoolers – do you have a home school community? Happy to work with you to match your aims. 

What does Christine teach?

PAINTING CLASSES
Watercolour
Making a painting from start to finish 
Materials – paper, paint, brushes 
Colour mixing
Watercolour’s special things: edges, damp and white. 
General Painting 
Creating the illusion of distance 
How to finish your painting 
Retrospective Compositioning
Drawing
from real life. 
perspective
Plein Air 
A walk around the [insert place here] guided sketchbook tours
How to travel without needing a sherpa 

PRINTMAKING CLASSES
Intaglio printing techniques 
Drypoint on metal, plastic and found plates 
Colour (Intaglio) printing 
Multi plate processes 
Creating Subtlety in your Intaglio 
50 Ways to Print your etching 
Experimenting with drypoint
Using found objects, surfaces and tools to print with
Theory and numbering of editioning 
Theory of creating images in multiples
Care for your prints. Paper. Artwork. 

A print project such as this which was the result of a Christian schools residency. 

ART BUSINESS Workshops 
Information and guidance about being an art-business-person
Individual project/event/exhibition planning
Long term career consultation
Success and the Business of Artwork 

 

HOW TO PUT ART INTO THE CLASSROOM 
Training and PD for teachers and adults in the school community

Where does Christine teach?

Painting of a doorway of a corrugated iron shed looking through the building to the outside on the other side. Half the building is in shadow . Words over the top say the Studio Door Art Workshops with Christine Porter

IN LISMORE 
The Studio Door Art Workshops – Christine’s studio – individual and small group workshops
The Step Away Program – in a series of parks around Lismore 

words describing the step away program

 

ON THE INTERNET 
Zoom one on one consultations, in conjunction with face to face if suits. 
Online workshops – one day, not just yet. 


drawing of a night view in white chalk on black paper with stars and moon in the skyELSEWHERE
Elsewhere depending on where Christine is – The Walk around the [insert place name here] Guided plein air sketchbook tour. Tenterfield/Deepwater – The Full Moon Art Retreat 3.5 day art-immersion weekend

Twice a year Christine takes a small group of artists to a sheep station near Tenterfield. A long weekend of drawing, painting, printmaking in the shearing shed, out in the landscape and under the full moon. A relaxing weekend for beginning and experienced artists immersing ourselves in this beautiful part of the world. May 17-20 Moorabinda Tenterfield – filling fast 
Nov 15-18 Deepwater – wait list open. 

ChritinePorterArtist childrens Art Classes Printmaking with Primary School Ages

AT YOUR VENUE
Your Workshop Space – Art groups, community groups, art galleries, 
Your back verandah, in your garden – family and friendship groups, homeschoolers

a woman sitting talking to a group of school childrenAT YOUR SCHOOL 
Free artist talk if Christine is in your area . 
Workshop: Multi day/full day/part day, single class/full school workshop such as The art bird project . Usually drypoint printmaking but can also be painting or drawing. Content depends on the age of the students and size of the school. 

How does Christine teach?

Christine is a trained primary school teacher. (Armidale CAE) 
She only spent a few years in the classroom, leaving to concentrate on her own painting and printmaking practice. However an important element of this practice continues to include teaching both with adults and children in general art activities, painting, drawing and printmaking.

More about her art experience and successes here. 

Her teaching policy, and teaching methods, are based around these three precepts: 
– The teacher is responsible for adjusting her teaching style to  the learning style to the student.
– The vocabulary of judgement and criticism has no place in an emerging artists practice
– The provision of a framework for skills development is an important part of developing creativity. 

Current NSW Working with Children Approval 
Current teacher registration with Qld Dept of Ed. 
5 years of regular classroom experience 
35 years of various art teaching situations, including university level, artist-run workshops, and employment by community and professional arts organisations.,

Why does Christine teach?

Making art is more than handling the media. Yes, you do need to know how to manage the paint/paper/white edges etc, but Christine believes that is only one part of successfully creating an artwork. Her classses start with the needs of the participant – What Do you Want to Know? And that is the basis of why she teaches. It was about twenty years ago. She was teaching in Clifton, out for her morning run. That was the workshop when she realised that it was just selfish to not share what she knew. 
Be you, not your teachers’ clone. Christine is passionate about creating independent artists. Her teaching strategies are about showing, experimenting, strategies, note taking and projects to do at home. A successful workshop has artists making markedly different artwork from their neighbours. If Christine is presenting ten different activities, or ideas, or levels in a group of ten people, then she is in her happy place. 
Each student is an individual Classes have a minimum number, every class can be modified to suit the needs of the artists in the group. Raw beginners are welcome, experienced artists are challenged, artists from other mediums are encouraged.

Prices/fees

  • Workshops
    Christine charges an hourly rate for group classes, which the organiser can apportion according to the numbers they have, and what grants they can access. 
    –  From $100/hour for classes up to 10 participants. Max 10 hour day. 
    – travel ($60/hour to drive there, or public transport reimbursement)
    – accomodation (if more than 1.5 hours from Lismore. Prefer billet)
  • One hour School Visit – free if she’s in your town already.
  • Studio Door Art Workshop 
    $120 per day, per student, includes tuition, notes, lunch, morning/afternoon tea 
  • Full Moon Art Retreat 
    $420 per person for 2.5 days with accommodation and meals. 
  • Individual Consultation 
    From $60 per hour depending on type and length of consult
  • Plein Air Events 
    From $20/person depending on the event.
  • For  STEP AWAY program – $100 per child for 5 sessions, or $30 per child per session casual attendance. Parents free. 

Some of these fees are negotiable, for example travel where Christine only charges one way if she has other work in the district. Please don’t hesitate to discuss the fees with her. 

Painting Classes

Watercolour has a terrifyingly reputation, however it is very simple to use – perhaps it’s that simplicity that creates difficulties in people’s minds. Christine LOVES watercolour and, after more than 30 years with the medium, has developed language and strategies to share this love.

Follows are a selection of various watercolour and drawing classes that Christine has held over the years. In a perfect world, a click on the image would take you to programs, photos, samples and people’s words. But in fact each class is written or tweaked for the participants involved. Consider it a taster menu, if you like. Then if something catches your eye, contact Christine here, and find out if it can be done with your crowd. 

SAMPLE CLASS: HOW TO PAINT WITH WATERCOLOUR                            
This workshop is about the medium of watercolour. By lunchtime on the first day, the student will have explored everything there is to know about painting in watercolour (after that it’s just hours at the easel). The class investigates what makes this medium special, how to handle its peculiarities– collating the learning experiences in a small sample book for reference. Can be one or two day workshop. Suits: beginning artists, painters from other media, watercolourists with some experience, lapsed watercolourists. 

Printmaking Classes

Because so much about printmaking revolves around technique, Christine’s workshops usually involves working small, collating  plate-making, inking, wiping and printing experiments into a self printed,    studio resource book. Some students may create their own individual projects if the time permits: others may take the time to simply experiment further.

Drypoint Engraving Workshop with Australian Artist Printmaker Christine Porter
Colour Printmaking workshop - Intaglio. with Australian Artist Christine Porter

VENUE The classes can be held at your place, or in Christine’s studio
CONTENT – different methods of inking, wiping and printing plates  Suits those who work in edition or in unique states. Includes inking intaglio and relief; masking, dolly wiping and more.
-other printmaking topics: which ink does what, how colours, pigments and brands differ, using white and black ink, materials other than ink, multi plate techniques, developing narratives, safe workplace practices + Professional aspects of printmaking such as the implications of editioning, signing, storage and post-print care.
All workshops suit:
– artists with some experience in printmaking
– artists from other media
– high school art teachers, with or without printmaking experience
– primary school teachers who may feel that this sort of art is too difficult for their classroom
– people who’ve never made a painting, etching or even a singe piece of art before in their whole lives.

Sample Workshop – DRYPOINT                                
Drypoint is the simplest form of printmaking, where an image is scratched into a flat surface, originally copper. In this workshop Christine explores tools and methods needed to make a simple drypoint plate, using a number of techniques on different surfaces, including  household materials.DRYPOINT AS A NOTE-TAKING TOOL: Christine uses metal and acid in her own practice but has developed teaching methods that has quick results allowing for more information to be taken back to the artist’s studio: more time for experimenting with the various inking, wiping and printing options available. DRYPOINT AS SKETCHING TOOLS – EN PLEIN AIR: Taking the sketching plates out in the open, sketching and bringing them back into the studio to work up into finished artwork or artist books. Image: plastic plate from the MagpieXIII drypoint 2017.

Art Business Classses

“My Vision is that all over Australia and the world emerging artists will have access to the same information, motivation and opportunities as those involved with art institutions, industry bodies and/or the business world. My Mission is to create a level playing field for all artists through education and motivation, regardless of the concepts behind, subject matter or medium of the artwork created, regardless of  the geographical situation or demographic of the artist.” 

 

_Success and the Business of Artwork_ Art-Business Professional Development workshop for artists by Art-Professional Christine Porter

 

SUCCESS AND THE BUSINESS OF ARTWORK    – WORKSHOP or  LECTURE                 
Christine has been teaching this topic since 1996 as a direct response to her own years as a regional artist, in the days before the internet, when information was harder to come by. Her workshop entitled “Success and the Business of Artwork” is a series of modules that can be taken as a one or two day workshop, lecture, or individual consultations. The content in them draws on her own years as a professional artist and her understanding of industry bodies; information  refined when she was a casual academic teaching within the Arts Industry Studies unit at Southern Cross University.
Topics include: making sales, valuing your art, the artists’ product, record keeping, acceptable standards, transporting fragile items, copyright, copying, multiples, conservation, industry bodies, how to get into the studio and stay there, basic marketing, using the internet etc
Suits: emerging artist, professional artists with a particular problem, hobby artists, art groups with mixed membership,  outside industry people dealing with emerging artist.

_Individual artist consultation_. Art-business with professional artist and trainer, Christine Porter

 

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATION                                                    This can be a one-off consultations, or a series of consultations where the artist might have a particular situation or problem. As needed, referrals  to other industry professionals and any pertinent reference material are included. Presented in person, via telephone or with zoom. The aim here is not to question or give advice on how or what the artist is making, but simply to talk about what to do with it next.  Venue can be at any cafe or meeting room . Cost will be an hourly rate but no travel costs if Christine is already in the area. (Mug by Ken Done)

Free fifteen minute art-business or watercolour consultation_ By professional artist and art-business-person Christine Porter

 

FREE FIFTEEN MINUTES 
               Christine welcomes a phone call if you have an art based query. It’s best to send her an email first to make a time. Most problems can be solved easily. If it looks too complicated she will organise a formal consultation or referral to another professional.
Cost: FREE if it takes less than 15 minutes to answer. Some of the questions so far have been about copyright, framing, exhibition problems. Some of the answers have included referral to accountants, industry bodies and particular internet sites. 

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