Presentation to Steve Morvell’s Wildlife Art Classes – Ballarat

Waterbuck - Oil painting by Stephen Powell, Reference gathered whilst participating in Siyafunda Volunteers on Makalali Game Reserve South Africa

Waterbuck – Oil painting by Stephen Powell

Steve’s and I take what appears to be quite a quite different approach to how we create our art. However frequent discussions have revealed more similarities than differences in the thought and methods that are the basis of our work. To teach others we have both struggled with first understanding how we create our art and then how to explain it to others. This was an opportunity to share and reinforce the core elements of our work and teaching.

My presentations also aim:
To deconstruct the process into steps from reference selection to finished work into manageable stages and then into simple tasks with few variables.

To dispel the myth of the ‘gifted artist’ or ‘God given talent’. I do this by telling my story and that of my students with examples of our humble – ‘apparent gift less’ beginnings and what we have achieved.

About Stephen Powell

Stephen has been an active environmentalist working in, field work, public speaking and lobbying at all levels of government. He has spoken at school and community gatherings as well as on radio. His comments on environmental issues have appeared in newspapers and newsletters. His work has attracted a number awards, which include Wildlife Art Society of Australasia & Best Flora or Fauna-Moomba Art Show. His passion shows in his works which are in demand for galleries and as private commissions. Training: Watercolour: ‘The Botanical Art School of Melbourne’ under the internationally acclaimed Jenny Crompton (Phillips) Oil: with the gifted wildlife artist Krystii Melaine. Drawing and field sketching: with Steve Morvell He takes classes and travelled to Mitchell School of Arts to take wildlife art workshops. And the Murrumbidgee School of Creative Arts in Wagga Wagga. McGregor School Uni Southern Queensland Toowoomba. Grafton to be added in 2011.
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4 Responses to Presentation to Steve Morvell’s Wildlife Art Classes – Ballarat

  1. Gail N says:

    Dear Steve,

    I was one of the lucky people to hear your presentation last night at Steve Morvell’s art class, Thursday night in Ballarat.

    It was sooo interesting, and very inspiring.

    I have only recently (this year) enrolled in classes with Steve after years of saying ‘ I will do this one day’..and of course, unless you make the time, it won’t happen, so many many things you said last night about your own beginnings and progress and development – and attitude!! — were very reassuring! and encouraging!

    Your enthusiasm for your art was also wonderful to witness as well as the opportunity to see your work up close and personal!

    I just wanted to say ‘thanks so much’!! I’m still running through the session in my head today, and will over the coming days I know — as last night I sat there, totally absorbed, like a sponge, soaking it all up, and I was a bit overwhelmed on the half hour drive home last night. So many things to capture and just delight in,

    very kind regards,
    Gail N, Dereel, Victoria

  2. Sue M says:

    Hi Steve,
    Thanks for a very informative evening in the old rat. It was great to see both yourself and Colleen again. I believe that we all need from time to time the input of other teachers both for their experience and different outlooks , otherwise be do become very comfortable in our own small world , we also tend to look on the teachers as someone to admire with the feeling of never really going to be that good ourselves so the talk on thinking grand is excellent , thanks again for you time

    Sue M

  3. Dacey says:

    Steve you have followed a nice way of presentation since through this method you can learn a more than you will teach since you are first applying your skills for learning and then finding the way for presenting it.Really great job!

  4. Dacey says:

    I really like your way of presentation Steve .It is unique from others way of presenting their art.I really like it.

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