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

•    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).


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

Sumi-e Workshop

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When:  27 & 28 February 2016
How much:   $150 for two days (members and students); $180 (non-members)
What you need:   Japanese brush, Calligraphy ink (sumie), Japanese paper.  (More details will be given to participants later)

Our long awaited Sumi-e work shop is finally here!
Sumi-e is originally from China and it is spiritually rooted in ZEN Buddhism.  In Japan its art of concentration, clarity and simplicity was paralleled in the calm and tranquillity of Samurai Code of Conduct.   Today, becoming a master Sumi-e artist requires the same investment of effort and time in rigorous training and discipline.   (You can Google “History of Sumi-e” for more info.)
Our tutor is a Japanese lady called Emi Kamataki who lives in Melbourne. She learnt Calligraphy and painting as a child.  In 2005, the International Sumi-e Association ran a Sumi-e work shop in Melbourne and since then she studies this art form in Melbourne and Tokyo. She is now certified as an advanced lecturer and has been awarded at the exhibition in Tokyo.  Apart from exhibiting her art in Japan, China, France and Estonia, she also teaches at school as an artist in residence as well as runs classes for adult groups and also gives private lessons.  She loves this simple yet deep art of brush, ink and paper combined and is looking for further possibilities of Sumi-e to develop her own style.
Places are strictly limited to a minimum of eight to a maximum of twelve participants to make this workshop worthwhile.   This is rather short notice.  However, quite a few people are already showing interest, so be quick to put your name down!!   Fees need to be paid in full no later than the 1st  February.  I can purchase and make up a basic kit which will have a Japanese brush, ink, paper and mat for the cost price of around $15.  Please let me know before the 10th February, if you wish to purchase a kit.

Members wishing to attend the workshop please complete the application form (click here to download form) and forward to the Treasurer with payment.
Midori Treeve    (mtreeve1@bigpond.com)

2016 Exhibition Schedule

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View our published AWAS Exhibition Program for 2016.

Click here to download the 2016 exhibition schedule.

Albury Wodonga Artists Society members are encouraged to use this as a reference, and plan ahead for the exhibitions you will be involved in. There may also be times when you can support us in making it all happen.

We are very proud of the high standard of work exhibited at the studio and at the Plant Farm’s Garden Gallery Cafe.

Until 31 Jan 2016 Little Gems(contd) Until 7 Feb Members’ Summer Exhibition (contd)
2 Feb to 5 April Colour Me Happy 9 Feb to 6 Mar New Members Exhibition
5 Apr to 7 Jun Faces & Figures 8 Mar – 3 Apr Life Drawing Special
7 Jun – 2 Aug Town & Country 5 Apr – 1 May Dynamic Acrylics
2 Aug – 4 Oct Reflections 3 May – 5 Jun Free Space
4 Oct – 6 Dec Blooming Lovely 7 Jun – 3 Jul Water Colour Magic
6 Dec – 31 Jan 2017 Little Gems
(Nothing over $150)
5 Jul – 7 Aug Free Space
9 Aug – 4 Sep Incredible Oils
6 Sep – 2 Oct Free Space
4 Oct – 13 Nov Pastel Perfect
15 Nov – 31 Jan 2017 Members’ Annual Summer Exhibition


Exhibition Coordinators: Heather Sparks & Nancy Robinson(Garden Gallery Cafe)

Christina Zey & Kathy Bruce (Paintbox Studio)

NOTE: “Free Space” is available for solo or joint exhibitions at the Studio. Please contact Christina or Kathy.

AGM Coming Up

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AWAS Annual General Meeting is coming up on Sunday 18 October 2015, at 2pm.  All members are encouraged to attend, as it is a great opportunity to meet more of our members, particularly our new ones.

The meeting will be at our club rooms at the Paintbox at the Gateway Village, and will be followed by afternoon tea.  Please bring a plate.

Nomination forms for committee members should be submitted no later than one week prior to the AGM.  Click here for the AWAS Nomination form.