2015 May

Watercolour Workshop with Julian Bruere

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This will be an exciting workshop with one of Australia’s newest watercolour sensations. Julian has been highly recommended for his watercolour skills, subject matter and generosity as a teacher. He is very passionate about water colour and his enthusiasm is infectious. The theme we are adopting for this workshop is “water”. Painting water in watercolour requires a different application of painting skills and a new learning for all of us.
Click here for the enrolment form, so get your deposit or full payment in as soon as possible. Class size is limited to 12 participants. It will be 1st in best dressed – that means a deposit paid to the treasurer. If you have any questions please ring Jenny Wallace 02 6026 4800.


About the Artist

Julian paints his subjects in watercolour with a strong drawing basis. Landscape, City Scenes, Marine and Maritime are his preferred subjects but he also values the disciplines of Still Life and Portraiture. A very specific theme of Alpine Snowgums has been the work that has most brought him to the attention of the art community. Involved well drawn paintings with a confident textural use of watercolour are features of Julian’s artwork.
Painting, Teaching, Workshops, Demonstrations, Judging and an active involvement with the Victorian Artists Society and other Art Societies is his professional domain after many years in Advertising, Publishing and Animation. This has shaped and provided an ongoing joy and appreciation of drawing, design in painting, control and understanding of watercolour and a respect for all other mediums and artistic styles. Painting tours of Europe and New Zealand in recent years has provided an ongoing stimulus for his work, particularly landscape and marine painting.
Julian studied Graphic Design at RMIT and quickly established himself as a freelance artist in Advertising and Publishing, illustrating educational children’s books. He worked for a time as a designer and background artist in the animation industry. He later became more active as an artist, teaching, conducting watercolour workshops, demonstrating and judging. He is a regular exhibitor in exhibitions around Melbourne, and for the past six years has been involved with FIVE, an annual group exhibition of select VAS artists.
He has twice been awarded VAS Artist of the Year, 2010 and 2013, The Kenneth Jack Memorial Award 2010 and 2014 and the AGRA Medallion Winner for 2013, with multiple awards for watercolour in various Suburban and Rotary Exhibitions including Mt Waverley, Camberwell, Yea, Parade, Warrandyte, Alexandra Bacchus Marsh and Box Hill. He is the Victorian Vice President of the Australian Society of Maritime Artists and a past Treasurer of the Victorian Artists’ Society. He is also a member of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists and Watercolour Society Victoria and has recently been elected to the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society.

Mixed Media Workshop

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Report from Stephen McCall Workshop

A good time was had by all on the weekend of the 18th and 19th July at the Stephen McCall mixed media/pastel workshop.  On day one, using white suede paper, we were shown how to do a complimentary or contrast underpainting using watercolours or acrylics to paint a seascape. Some of this underpainting was allowed to show through on the finished art piece which really had the colours bouncing off each other and gave great depth to the painting.The use of clear pastel primer on a headland gave us texture to then go over with our pastels. On Sunday we were shown how off-cuts of matt board can be recycled as painting boards using paint with or without clear pastel primer or Art Spectrum coloured pastel primer…We then worked on our own photos with Stephen as our guide,  using the skills we’d learnt the day before. Morning and afternoon tea was delicious thanks to Judy Balfour and participating members.
Carol Gilbert

Local Bright artist Stephen McCall will be leading an AWAS Mixed Media workshop on the weekend of 18th and 19th July 2015, to be held from 10am to 4pm at the Paintbox studio, Gateway Island, Wodonga.

Do you use acrylic, inks, watercolour or pastel? This workshop will use these mediums in a mixed media format. You can use two or more mediums combined with pastels and learn some new, innovative techniques. If you don’t use pastels here is your chance to give it a go! You do not need to buy pastels as Stephen will provide a wide range of colours for you to use, but if you have your own pastels please bring them along.
Stephen paints mainly with acrylics and pastels, but in this workshop he will be pushing the boundaries in a number of ways. We will be using texture mediums, be doing under painting with with watercolours, acrylics and / or inks and combining these with some pastel work. The amount of pastel is up to you; you may only use pastels for some final detail, (just add a few lines or add some subtle texture) or you may like to mainly use pastels over under painting.

Stephen will demonstrate watercolour under painting on white suede finish Colourfix pastel paper. (I will have this available for us and also some sheets of Colourfix pastel paper. I will also have Colourfix texture medium for us all to use.)
So come along and be excited by a different approach to your work and learn some new skills.
Complete the workshop enrolment form click here and pay the deposit or full amount promptly to ensure your participation. Class number is limited to 12 participants so don’t delay.  FILLING FAST!!!!!
If you have any questions please e-mail or phone me. See contact details on enrolment form.
Judy Balfour
Mixed Media Workshop Co-ordinator