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Workshops are a way to extend our skills, we learn better ways , and refine our art making. We can also learn and experience new skills in a workshop outside our chosen field, not only extending our practice but stimulating us in our usual chosen field.

There is great satisfaction in creating good artwork, satisfaction that goes to the core of our being, our workshops foster the making of art and the appreciation of each others art making in the presence of expert guidance from the tutor.

In 2017 we also introduced short courses. 

For more information contact the workshops coordinator at:


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The coronavirus has of course impacted our activities. Gabrielle Jones’ March painting workshop, Creativity, Colour and Abstraction, and Gillian Hand’s, May Artist Books workshop have both been cancelled. We hope to offer them again at a later date.

In the meantime, Gabrielle has resourcefully set up online classes in a variety of painting subjects. You can access all the information here: 

For all 2020 workshps COVID19 precautions will be in place. Details will be on the application forms.


Title: Linocutting, printing and beyond

Tutor: Seraphina Martin

Dates: Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th August, 10 am – 4 pm

Closing date: Friday 14th August, 5pm

Members fee: $140     Non-members fee: $180  Plus $30 material fee for all participants payable on Day 1


Seraphina will guide you through the process of linocut, the most direct form of relief printing. She will show you how to transfer your own black & white images onto lino then cut away the areas you want to print as white ( a subtractive process). You will produce at least six prints applying colour in various ways using rollers and stencils. The workshop is suitable for beginners and intermediate participants.

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Title: Material Happiness: Small Sculpture

Tutor: Margarita Sampson

Dates: Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September, 10 am – 4 pm

Closing date: Friday 4th September, 5pm

Members fee: $140     Non-members fee: $180  Plus $10 material fee for all participants payable to the tutor on Day 1


“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s, there are few” Shunryu Suzuki

Feeling tight, uninspired or blocked? Always wanted to have a go at sculpture but don’t know where to start?

Viscous, rubbery, taut, brittle, resonant, tinny, woolly, furry, silky, splintery:  this workshop will be a playdate with a range of sculptural materials from around the house, your craft stash/shed or recycling bin. We’ll investigate properties and possibilities of different materials, collaboratively work up some ideas, learn how to make basic armatures (support structures) and find ways to take initial ideas through to a finished work.  We’ll look at a variety of joining and construction methods and finishes and investigate some inspiring sculptural works which use unlikely materials.

This is a gentle weekend of non-competitive exploration, connection, mindful working, skill-sharing, and remembering how to bring playfulness into our activities, ending with some finished work and new perspectives.

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Course title: Figure sculpting in clay.

Tutor:  Clara Hali

 Dates:  5 Wednesdays: 14th, 21st & 28th October and 4th & 11th November,     2.30pm – 5.30pm

Closing date: Friday 25th September, 5pm

Fees:  Members $260

(includes materials fee of $85)

Non-members $310

(includes materials fee of $85)

The fee includes costs for materials. It covers clay, firing and life model fees.


Starting with an exploration of the human structure and proportions, this course will take you through the process of developing sculptures based on the human body. You will begin by making rapid ‘sketches’ in clay, learning to work loosely with the material. Clara will encourage you to look at the model from every angle, referencing multiple perspectives. From these initial sketches you will work up to more refined figures in a variety of poses, while learning how to represent balance, size, weight and shape.

Clara will guide you through the process of developing the form towards abstraction, playing with the basic ‘building blocks’ to create pieces that have their own tension, drama and interest.  You will learn to understand the relationships between shape, balance and proportion, enabling you to extrapolate from figurative representations of the body to create pieces that are sculptural and imaginative.

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Course title: Drawing animals

Tutor:  Pam Vaughan

 Dates:  Saturday 17th October 1pm  – 4pm

Saturday 24th October 10am – 4pm

Sunday 25th October 10am – 4pm

Closing date: Friday 2nd October, 5pm


1st session: Warrigal Homestead

1197 Ganbenang Rd, Little Hartley NSW 2790 (Contact workshops coordinator if you can offer or would like a lift).

2nd & 3rd sessions: BAS studio, 139a Station St., Blackheath 2785

Fees:  Members $225

Non-members $275

Access to animals fee is included in cost


Animals are a source of inspiration and delight but can be challenging subjects to translate into drawings. Pam will assist you with exploring techniques that will help you capture the immediacy and action of the subject. During the first session we will work en plein air with live animal subjects in a shearing shed: sheep, angora goats and an alpaca. There are also wallabies and roos on the property. In the BAS studio you will have the opportunity to build on the techniques from this initial session,  working from research sketches and photographs of either the Warrigal animals or your own pets. A variety of dry and wet media will be used including pencil, charcoal, soft pastels, ink, paint and collage.

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