• Subject : Art Appreciation
  • No. of Sessions : 1
  • Time Schedule : 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Dates : 22 May 2010

  • Fee : AED 135.00
  • Audience : Juniors (4 to 7 YO)
  • Speaker/Instructor : Zena Assi
  • Venue : ARTSAWA | ALQUOZ
  • Description:  

    “Little movement’ is a group workshop for children of very young age. It is a basically an exercise to represent the reality that surrounds us, introducing the use of different medias and their application on a large scale and unstretched canvas. This workshop gives course to the imagination and creativeness of the young ones, guiding  them into the visual communication by simple graphics, lines, forms, colours and puts on record their inventiveness and freedom.
    1- Encourage the natural minimalist instinct in drawing, sense of negative and positive space, 
    2- Apply different medias, shapes, and colours onto a big scale support; 
    3- Give space, value and perceive the freedom of the younger the creativity and ingenuity of their kids.
    Sketching and painting on a big canvas on the floor, in a group, using acrylic, charcoal and ink. 
    Giving an introduction to the selection process. 
    Comparing their drawings with the ones of Master Painters, such as Dali, Picasso, Miro, Kandinsky, and witnessing the similarities. 
    Exhibiting the final work at the Solo of Zena on the 26|05|10
    Zena Assi: Born in 1974, Tripoli, Lebanon. Lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon. 
    Assi’s sharply defined portraits of still impression elongated and often melancholic figures of young men and women call for attention alongside her cluttered cityscapes that are crammed with wires, television antennas and buildings stacked precariously on top of one another. Her canvasses are filled with interwoven lines set against bold fields of colour abstractions. Lines of varied width and texture swirl rhythmically beyond the picture plane thus echoing the sense of a dynamic energy. 
    Zena Assi never makes preparatory sketches and instead begins by priming her canvases directly. The base layer is created using mixed media followed by adding different textures and materials; tissue paper, cloth, broken brushes to name a few. The result is contrasting layers of thick impasto. The artist often finishes off with a layer of oil colours which give her canvasses their peculiar, vigorous luminosity. 

    “To fall short of perfection is not a failure but a process of erasure. It is the trace left by the ineluctable diminution that accompanies the realisation of the drawing.” - E. Schiele, painter 
    “Those moments of heady exaltation which all creators experience and whose shorter or longer duration is the only thing that distinguishes the artist from the dreamer.” - G. Richter, painter 
    “I used to hate it. Now I love it, this chaos we have here.” - Zena Assi