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Explore watercolour

With Fiona McMonagle

Friday 22 March 2024
2:00 – 3:00pm AEDT
Live online
Fiona McMonagle sitting in her studio with paint splatters on the white walls
Fiona McMonagle in her studio, 2022 Mark Mohell. Photographed on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.

Bookings essential - free

Join artist Fiona McMonagle online and discover the wonders of watercolour painting. Presented in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria, this virtual event will show students (Years 3–8) how images and artworks inspire Fiona’s art-making practice. Participants will also see how an artist experiments with materials and techniques throughout the different stages of developing an artwork. Follow along in the classroom as Fiona demonstrates different watercolour techniques that students can further develop and use to create unique works of art.

This program will also include suggestions for art-making activities that you can implement in the art room or classroom beyond the event.

Students will:

  • engage in some of the developmental stages of the creative process under the guidance of a practicing artist
  • experiment with watercolour paints to create different effects on paper
  • develop painting techniques that can be applied to the development of an artwork.

Students participating in this program will need:

  • watercolour paints (you can use tubes of paint or watercolour palettes)
  • watercolour brushes or soft paintbrushes
  • plain cartridge or watercolour paper
  • a water pot and water
  • a graphite pencil
  • erasers (optional)

About the artist

Melbourne-based artist Fiona McMonagle is known for her watercolour portraits. She pushes the boundaries of ink and watercolour by exploring its use in moving image as well as creating large-scale works. Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), Fiona has exhibited extensively throughout Australia, both in highly successful solo exhibitions as well as curated group shows. Most recently she exhibited as part of Portrait23: Identity at the National Portrait Gallery, and the Art Gallery of South Australia as part of the exhibition Frida and Diego: Love and Revolution. Her work is held in numerous public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Portrait Gallery, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Monash University Museum of Art, UQ Art Museum, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Artbank and Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

Access information

This program will be accessible via Zoom, WebEx and YouTube. Upon registration participating schools will receive their accessible link options from the National Portrait Gallery

For access support or other ways to book please email bookings@npg.gov.au or phone 02 6102 7070 prior to your visit.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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