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Meeting Dates 2018

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Committee Meetings

8.30am Wed 21 March

8.30am Wed 16 May

8.30am Wed 19 Jul

8.30am Wed  19 Sep

General Meetings

12 midday Wed 21 Feb

12 midday Wed 18 Apr

12 Midday Wed 20 Jun

12 Midday Wed 15 Aug

AGM

Sunday 17 October

Acrylics Workshop with Craig Penny

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When: Sat 28 & Sun 29 July 2018

Register promptly to make sure you don’t miss this exciting opportunity.  Click here for Enrolment form.

Craig is a well-established professional artist whose works are collected here and overseas by both private collectors and galleries. He is in high demand as a tutor and also conducts painting tours overseas.  He showed an interest in art at an early age and went on to study to study art at Ballarat University, specialising in painting and graphic design. He also pursued a successful career as an illustrator.

Whilst Craig has skills in a range of mediums he has never lost his love of traditional methods and now specialises in watercolour and acrylics.

Craig’s painting philosophy is:
“I like to think that to paint a successful painting is not so much to have tamed the beast, rather to have been taken along for the ride and still be there at the end of the experience. For me painting is like life…giving yourself enough skill, knowledge and integrity and then letting yourself free to take what is thrown your way.
You don’t have to tame and control it for magic to happen, you just need to be there at the end.”

Two keys to Craig’s work are:
• His wonderful use of bold colours.
• His expressive mark making, with sweeping broad brushstrokes.
The theme for this workshop is WATER. Craig’s paintings of water have an ephemeral feel that draws you into the mood of the painting.

See examples of his paintings below, where you can readily see those glowing colours and masterful brushstrokes.

Check out Craig’s inspiring works on his website www.craigpennyart.com.au

Also watch him in action on You Tube, including the “Colour in Your Life” episode
https://www.colourinyourlife.com.au/tv-show-ep/craig-penny This runs for 24 minutes.

 

Great article in the Border Mail

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Thanks to Tanya Healy and Kathy Bruce for arranging this wonderful publicity in the Border Mail this week.

 

Watercolour Workshop with Malcolm Beattie

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7th & 8th October 2017

From Jen Wallace – Co-ordinator

Malcolm is renowned Nationally and Internationally for his watercolours that capture the essence of time and place and is an excellent teacher.
The theme for this workshop is “THE URBAN LANDSCAPE”. Malcolm excels at this genre. The themed approach has been a highly-praised approach at previous WC workshops
Due to increased tutor charges (by all artists) and travel expenses etc. the costs for this workshop will need to rise a little bit and requires a minimum number of 10 to proceed.
We need 10 to 12 participants. I have canvased some of AWAS members and they are more than OK with the proposed workshop costs.
Some of Malcolm’s Urban Landscape watercolours are shown below. They are beautiful, light filled watercolours that tell a story. When I rang Malcolm, he was actually painting an Urban Landscape.
Please advise me ASAP of your interest in attending this workshop with Malcolm Beattie.
Workshop costs – Members $180, Non-Members ($200)
This is still very cheap when you compare 3 days at Dookie at $500 and Grampians Brushes at a similar price for three days.
I am really excited about this workshop as it is something that members have expressed an interest when asked for suggestions for watercolour workshops.
This workshop is filling fast so if you are interested you need to contact Jen Wallace ASAP.

Malcolm Beattie – a Profile
A professional artist, Malcolm places great emphasis on the composition and content of a subject. Combined with sound draftsman ship and an understanding of tonal contrasts and colour, his paintings are both visually interesting and straightforward statements of everyday places and things around him.
His paintings depict the life and activity of his environment. His watercolours and oils are characterized by a purity of colour and a straightforward arrangement of tonal values. This emphasizes the light, which, together with a broad approach to detail and careful composition make his paintings stand out from the crowd.
Malcolm’s work is represented in corporate and private collections both in Australia and overseas and is available through a number of Melbourne and regional galleries.
He undertakes regular workshops and demonstrations throughout Australia, and runs a school conducting classes in both watercolour and oil painting technique. He leads painting tours overseas, and, as a regular contributor to the Australian Artist Magazine and International Artist Magazine, his interest in recording his culture and heritage is well known.
His first book, Simplifying Complex Scenes in Watercolour, was published in 2003 by International Artist.

Born in 1945, Malcolm works and lives with his wife and children in Melbourne, Australia.

Language of Colour workshop 29 & 30 April

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This workshop is being organised by Kathy Bruce, and an enrolment form can be downloaded here – click here .  The workshop is taught using either acrylic and/or gouache, however artists using any medium including watercolour, pastel and oil or coloured inks will benefit. This workshop is designed for all painters from beginners to advanced, from 16 years of age upwards.

About Catherine Hamilton

Catherine’s work is bold, vibrant and full of energy. Her work has been exhibited in the UK and Australia, including several solo shows. She has gathered various awards for her paintings, particularly for her portraits and figurative work and was a finalist in the Camberwell’s Travel Scholarship Award.
Catherine is a respected and sought after tutor and has been teaching and lecturing for over 22 years throughout Australia to various art groups and societies as well as overseas.
Catherine was president of the Pastel Society of Victoria from 2005-2009, a member and tutor of The McClelland Guild of Artists and a member and tutor of the Peninsula Arts Society.

“My workshops offer a distinctive way of teaching, introducing ideas and exercises to allow students to think more about the fundamental elements of form, colour, light, tone and the basic principles of painting rather than simply painting by numbers or copying technique. They are creative, fun and innovative. Students will be challenged but also will enjoy the experience and come away stimulated and eager to extend their knowledge.”

Workshop: The Language of Colour
Most painters are obsessed by colour; it is one of the most fundamental expressions of our work and, it seems, we spend a lifetime trying to grasp its nuances and power. Constant studying of the works of the great masters can inspire but we artists seem to have an innate desire to understand and know the palette used in the paintings.
As a painter and tutor I get asked two questions more than any other…
What colour is that and how did you mix it?
Why did you use that colour?

We crave to learn all we can about colour and its relationships but often don’t know where to start. The palettes of all great painters begin with a selection of just a few tubes of paint that can be mixed to create the harmony and unity of the composition. It’s knowing and understanding what colours to start the journey with that sows the seed for success.
“They’ll sell you thousands of greens. Veronese green and emerald green and cadmium green and any sort of green you like; but that particular green never.” Pablo Picasso.
It is for this reason that painters need to have the knowledge and ability to create that green, the green that they want, and understand how. The workshops and various courses I teach on colour open up this world of understanding.
This is a very popular course and goes through understanding the language of colour most importantly, it will show how and why they can be created and then adapted to any range of palette used – all painters in all media need to understand how colour works and, critically, how they can create their own palette. There will be a number of visual exercises and compositions completed addressing how to see and respond to colour
Although I teach this subject using either acrylic and/or gouache during the course, artists using any medium including watercolour, pastel and oil or coloured inks will benefit. This workshop is designed for all painters from beginners to advanced, from 16 years of age upwards.

NEW Oils Workshop with Christine Cafarella-Pearce (25 & 26 March 2017)

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An oil (turps free) workshop will be held at the Studio on Sat. 25th and Sun. 26th March 2017.  A little about the workshop tutor Christine Cafarella-Pearce follows.

Members with no experience using oils, as well as more experienced people are encouraged to register.  This is a turps free workshop.  You don’t even have to have paints if you are an absolute beginner or have never tried oils, as some materials will be available.  Come along and give it a go!

If you’re interested, please download the enrolment form – click here – and get it in as soon as possible, as places are limited.

 

Hope to see you there.
Kata Kupresak – Oils Co-ordinator

 

Artist Profile: Christine Cafarella-Pearce AGRAF

Picture Christine began her career as a portrait and still life artist. She is also a keen outdoor painter, travelling and painting widely in Victoria and remote Australia. She lives in Healesville and her paintings of the Yarra Valley show her affinity and love for her local landscape, whilst her paintings of the Pilbara and Kimberley regions and far North Queensland speak of her great love of the outback. Christine is known for her unique colour and design which enables her to interpret mood more effectively and bring added meaning to her subject. She draws from The Heidelberg School and the French Impressionist Painters in her effort to exploring and integrates more creative ways to tell her stories.
Christine has hosted many exhibitions, including the 2014 Liberty Family Church, Healesville 40 hour Famine Fundraiser Exhibition (15 charcoal works, 13 of which were portraits) and the 2013 “A Joint Perspective”, a collaboration of works by Christine, Di King and Raelene Sharp.
PictureHer works can be found in private and corporate art collections throughout the world.  Christine has been published in The Australian Artist, Antiques and Art, Real Estate Weekly and Yarra Valley Country Life. A Fellow of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists, she is well respected as an art judge, workshop tutor and demonstrator and is a valued member of AGRA, Sherbrooke Art Society, Yarra Valley Open Studios Program and Valley 10.
To see her work you can go to her website – http://www.christinecafarella-pearceart.com

 

Watercolour Workshop with Julie Goldspink

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Sat/Sun 8 and 9 October 2016

Venue: Paintbox Gallery Studio, Gateway Village Wodonga.

Brief Bio of Julie Goldspink. AWI -AGRA Visual Artist.

Julie is known mainly for her beautiful Watercolours on paper, W/C canvas and Yupo paper.  Julie also works with Oil, Acrylic, Pastel and Mixed Media. The predominant subjects she covers are landscapes, seascapes, river scapes, street scenes, flowers and still life.
Classed as a Realist/Impressionist, water-colourist she uses wet into wet technique. With Oils, her style is more Realistic using the traditional methods. Julie uses a mixture of both techniques when applying Acrylic paint.
A skilled draft person, drawing has always been a constant, as it forms the bones of all artworks.
Julie has held Solo and Shared Exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne and country NSW. Julie is a respected and sought after artist and tutor who holds many Workshops, Demonstrations and Classes in Victoria and throughout Australia.
She is a member of the Watercolour Society of Victoria, Pastel Society of Victoria, Sherbrooke Art Society, Malvern Art Society, Berwick Art Society and McClelland Guild of Artists Inc.

Work Shop Theme – Still Life;

After the workshop last year, which had the theme of water, members elected to continue with a themed approach to workshops. They felt that this made the workshop more interesting and provide a focused learning for participants. There was strong interest in pursuing “Still Life “as a theme.

Julie is going to guide us through the essentials for successful still life painting:
Workshop content will include but not be limited to;
•    Still life subject matter
•    Setting up good still life subjects
•    Lighting
•    Composition
•    Painting process
•    Techniques

Julie has a vibrant personality and is a generous teacher.

Examples of Julie’s still life.

Julie Goldspink 3

Julie Goldspink 2

Julie Goldspink 1

 

I hope you can join this workshop. It will be a lot of fun. If you have any questions please email me. I will be away from 31st March to the 18th May. 2016

Click here to download enrolment form.

Cheers Jen

Pastel Workshop Catherine Hamilton

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“Innovative Pastels” is our winter workshop July 30th and 31st with Victorian Pastel artist Catherine Hamilton. This workshop will include techniques of painting with pastel on Canvas.
Here is another example of her work.  c-hamilton-the-musician
Catherine has been painting professionally and teaching for over 20 years. She conducts workshops throughout Australia and also leads overseas art trips. She is a past President of the Pastel Society of Victoria. You can view works by her by accessing their website and clicking the “members” option. www.vicpastel.com.au

While Catherine has gained recognition for her portraits, she also paints the human form, landscape and still life.
Background: Born in Surrey, UK 1957. Studied Fine Art at Epsom School of Art, Surrey and Life Drawing at the Chelsea School of Art, London. Studied under renowned UK Portrait artist Ken Paine. She is a member of The Federation of British Artists, The Australian Guild of Realist Artists and the McClelland Guild of Artists. Catherine has had many Exhibitions in the UK and Australia and is represented in numerous galleries. At a solo portrait show May 2004 Robert Wade, who opened the show, is quoted as saying “This is one of the most exciting shows I have seen in many years”.
Perhaps we can catch some of this excitement in our Innovative Pastel workshop!
If you think you may attend, please contact the co-ordinator Kathy Bruce: kathleenbruce@bigpond.com or 02 6025 5913 so we can confidently book Catherine before she leaves for her OS workshop tour in April.

Click here to download enrolment form.
Kathy Bruce

Life Drawing Workshop (untutored)

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Held on: 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th of January 2016
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day
Fees per day:
•    Members $30.00
•    Non Members $40.00
•    Students (full time 25 years or under) $20.00

Payment:
•    Required on first day of attendance for number of days attending (please note: no half day fees).

As space is limited (attendance limit of 12 artists per day), bookings are essential and must be received prior to Thursday December 31st 2015.Models will be provided for the four days. Tables, chairs and 15 easels are available, however, bring your own materials.
BYO lunch. Tea and coffee provided.
For bookings please call Clive Vogel  0427 774 214
You can also book via Email at: clive.vogel@tafensw.edu.au (until 11th of December 2015).

Clive

Acrylic Workshop (Tutor: Kelli McGregor)

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When: 12th – 13th March 2016 at the Paintbox Studio
Tutor: Kelli McGregor.  For more info, see her website www.kellimacart.com.au
Fee: $150 pp

We are excited to have the expertise of Kelli McGregor, a professional artist who produces vibrant and colourful paintings, often using mixed media.  Her landscapes convey great warmth and energy and depict the rich colours and unique features of the Australian Landscape.

Click here to download an enrolment form.  Make sure you don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to learn and develop new approaches to painting that Kelli will offer.  Ideally, it is preferable to limit the workshop size to 12 participants.

Acrylics Coordinator
Nancy Robinson