Workshops are a way to extend our skills, refine our art-making and stimulate new art-making practices. Our workshops foster an appreciation of each others’ art-making in the presence of expert guidance from the tutor.

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Workshop:  A Classic Atelier Course

Tutor: Sean Hutton

Dates: Saturday 24th September & Sunday 25th September  10am – 4pm

Early Bird Member fee (before 13th August): $140

Member fee:  $160

Non member fee:  $200


Sean will be taking participants on a journey of expressive drawing using the traditional atelier method dating back to the old masters. In this course we will cover principals of proportion, line and gesture, and tone. These skills can be used in drawing or painting. Over the weekend we will explore these methods working from different still life compositions that will give you a better understanding of how to approach and construct your work. This workshop is aimed at the beginner to someone who has exposure to drawing. If you have been thinking of brushing up on your drawing skills or learning new ones this workshop if for you. Your painting practice will also benefit from these skills. We will be working with charcoal on paper which will give the opportunity for everyone to express their individual character.

About the tutor

Sean Hutton was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and settled in Australia as a young adult. His interest in art began from an early age, and he is particularly inspired by portraiture, landscape and allegorical themes. After winning the prestigious Dobell scholarship from the Julian Ashton Art School, he has gone on to be a finalist in numerous art prizes and the recipient of many awards. He has completed portrait commissions for many private collections and in 2021, his portrait of Philip Flood AO was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery of Australia for their permanent collection. Sean currently lives in Sydney and is a member of the Royal Art Society of NSW. He is currently a finalist in the 2022 Darling Portrait Prize in the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra ACT.




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Workshop:  Learn to paint with Still Life acrylics

Tutor: Charlotte Thodey

Dates:4th & 5th February 2023

Time: 10am – 4pm

Member fee:  $160

Non-member fee: $200

Workshop description:

With an appreciation and respect of individuals style we will work on close up observation and light, composition and setting the painting tonally.
Then we proceed to the building up and layering of colour to capture the light.
We explore the “still life” genre using seasonal fruit vegetables and foliage
Each student can expect to complete 2-3 paintings.

About the tutor

Charlotte likes cabbages.

‘They are both simple and complex.

Painting involves layering their leaves to the light, all while the cabbage itself is decaying on duty.

When I need to see an analyst, I paint a cabbage instead… then I’m right’.

Charlotte has been painting and exhibiting for 40 years. She exhibits in Australia, New Zealand, and Chateau de Villandry in France. She teaches still life painting at Sydney Botanic Gardens and Sturt School in Mittagong, NSW.

‘Initially the ‘Still Life’ genre in early Dutch paintings was to show plenty in time of scarcity. Nowadays I want to show simplicity in times of plenty. To focus on the ordinary. It’s the shaft of morning light on over ripe plums on a kitchen bench’.

Charlotte runs with the seasons, capturing an array of fruit and vegetables in all its luscious glory.

‘I start trying to keep things simple and drown in complexity and pattern … looking for the life. So ‘still life’ is not so still. It captures a moment in time … the seed, the glory moment and the blemishes … before decay’.


Michiyo Miwa: Orchid 1 ©

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