With Guest Presenter Liana Vargas (BVA)

A workshop inspired by the works of Marc Chagall where participants will explore Abstraction and Narrative (story telling) as well as the influences of three major art movements; Fauvism, Cubism and Surrealism.

chagall_3candlesDATE:  Sunday 23 October, 2016
TIME:  10.00 am – 4.00 pm
VENUE:  Splashout Art Studios, 5 Ravine Street, Marino
FEE:  $180 (includes 24 x 24″ stretched canvas and painting materials)
Complimentary refreshments available throughout the workshop.


A sensitive, colourful and deeply personal painting style will ensure a completely individual result in this most meaningful and revealing of workshops being offered by Liana Vargas (BVA) for Splashout Art Studios.


“My hands were too soft.. I had to find some special occupation, some kind of work that would not force me to turn away from the sky and the stars, that would allow me to discover the meaning of life.” Marc Chagall, Russia, 1907 – 1910

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About Chagall:

Marc Chagall’s poetic, figurative style made him one of most popular modern artists, while his long life and varied output made him one of the most internationally recognised. While many of his peers pursued ambitious experiments that led often to abstraction, Chagall’s distinction lies in his steady faith in the power of figurative art, one that he maintained despite absorbing ideas from Fauvism and Cubism. Born in Russia, Chagall moved to France in 1910 and became a prominent figure within the so-called Ecole de Paris. Later he spent time in the United States and the Middle East, travels which reaffirmed his self-image as an archetypal “wandering Jew.”

A dream-like quality is characteristic of almost all of Chagall’s work; as the poet and critic Guillaume Apollinaire once said, Chagall’s work is “supernatural.”

About the Workshop:

Participants will be asked to keep a diary of their dreams throughout the week leading up to the workshop.  Or the attending artists will be asked to think of moments in their life that have held major significance for them.  For example, a wedding day, the birth of a cherished child, the death of a loved one and the place in which they were raised.  All of these ideas can be used in the final composition for each person’s Chagall inspired painting for the workshop.

On the day:

Workshop will begin with a short tutorial on the Chagall’s process, application, beliefs and painting techniques, as well as viewing some of his paintings.

A brief discussion will begin on the basics of Fauvist colour, Cubist overlaying and Surrealist concepts. During this part of the workshop participants will be asked to present their dream diaries and ideas for their paintings as a kind of ‘show and tell’.

A demonstration will be given on how to approach composing your painting, colour choices (what colours might evoke a certain emotional response) and use of symbolism.

Liana will move around the studio assisting each participant throughout the workshop and at the end of the day all the paintings will be presented for a group critique.

‘I and the Village’ 1911

This early work clearly shows both the Cubist and Fauvist influences at play in Chagall’s canvas, yet unlike the works of Picasso or Matisse, Chagall is far more playful and liberal with decorative elements, creating a pastoral paradise out of the Russian countryside. It is an early sign of the approach that would make the artist famous and influential: a blend of the modern and the figurative, with a light, whimsical tone.  Chagall depicts a fairy tale in which a cow dreams of a milk maid and a man and wife frolic in the work fields. Abstraction is at the heart of this work, but it exists to decorate the rather than invite analysis of the images.


Oil on canvas – Museum of Modern Art, New York

ABOUT LIANA VARGAS – Guest presenter

lianaLiana started her creative career in the profession of Dance, with ‘Flamenco’ as her specialist genre.  She has studied and performed dance and art worldwide with notable achievements.  During her Flamenco years she danced in venues such as ‘The Royal Albert Hall’, ‘Covent Garden’ and ‘Saddlers Wells’.

On retiring from dance she switched her creative focus to another art form – ‘Drawing & Painting’.  Liana gained her Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVA).  Shortly after graduating in 2014 Liana was offered ‘Artist in residence’ at the ‘Scuola Internationale de Grafica’in Venice, which of course she accepted.

Liana describes herself as an ‘abstract expressionist’ and can turn her hand to many methods and styles in a wide range of art forms.  Liana’s study and experience has breadth and innovation, which has led her to becoming a well known character within the South Australian art scene.  In addition to presenting workshops at various ‘Adelaide Hills’ locations, she also runs art classes for kids/teens at her home studio at Littlehampton.  In 2016 Liana joined Splashout Art Studios as a ‘Guest Presenter’ and is now also on the ‘General Instructing Team’.



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