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: MappingYour Garden. An Introduction to Drypoint Etching

Tutor: Jan Melville

Dates: 21-22 May 2022

Time: 10am – 4pm

Member fee:  $140

Non-member fee: $180

Closing date: Wednesday 18th of May 5pm.

Workshop description:

Taking inspiration from your garden or the surrounding environment of the Blue Mountains Jan will take us through using Drypoint which is a simple form of etching created on plastic plates. This medium is suitable for beginners and intermediate and a lovely way to start making your work.

About the tutor

Jan Melville is a printmaker, assemblage artist and maker of artist books. She lives and works in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. She has been a teacher in printmaking for over 25 years and an invited artistinresidence in Italy, Ireland and the UK. and a guest printmaker at the Tyler Print Institute in Singapore.



Michiyo Miwa: Orchid 1 ©

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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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Jan Melville

21-22 May

Now open for BAS members to register

Registrations close 10.5.22

See above for details of this workshop

Charlotte Thodey

4-5 February 2023

Now open for mebers and non-members.

See above for details of this workshop

Roslyn Kean

In discussion currently

Clara Hali

In discussion currently