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Absolute beginners 2013

Monthly classes with Brenda Tye

This program has been running for over nine years! Its success relies on its focus on the building of basic, practical art-making skills, reinforced every month through a different medium. Students learn techniques specific to that medium, while also studying how other artists have used it in the past. It is the most comprehensive beginners’ program around.

Highly recommended for anyone interested in learning and reinforcing basic art-making skills, this series will offer glimpses into artists’ ways of seeing and provide you with the practical knowledge to make new discoveries through the Gallery’s collection. Come try out new materials and approaches; be challenged in a friendly and supportive environment. Brenda welcomes both complete novices and those with some art experience.

Various Fridays and Saturdays in 2013, 1pm
See listing for dates

$58 non-members
$48 members

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878

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Three full working days (Mon–Fri) notice is required to qualify for a refund. All refunds attract an administration charge of 25% of the ticket price(s) with a minimum charge of $5. With subscription tickets there are no refunds for single sessions, unless a session is cancelled. Not negotiable.

Duration 3 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)

Drawing basics using graphite BOOKED OUT

You will learn to use graphite, both as a wet and dry medium. We explore the act of mark-making to build up your drawing vocabulary and learn to see simple shapes in complex forms. By applying your increasing sensitivity to line, tone, texture and composition, we build both skills and confidence, while searching for ways to interpret our subject.


Friday 15 February 2013 1pm – 4pm

Saturday 16 February 2013 1pm – 4pm

Seeing tonal relationships with charcoal BOOKED OUT

Charcoal is the perfect medium to explore tone. Look at the way other artists have used this most expressive of mediums and then make your own works in direct response to the style, subject matter or method demonstrated by these master artists.


Friday 15 March 2013 1pm – 4pm

Saturday 16 March 2013 1pm – 4pm

Exploring the colour wheel BOOKED OUT

This is the perfect workshop for anyone who wants to work with colour in any medium. The colour wheel has been around for many years and while its format changes, its unique practical way of demonstrating the importance of colour relationships stands the test of time. We will be making our own wheel from scratch; learn how to see colour from an artist’s point of view, learn to mix and adjust colours to suit your own purpose, and be introduced to basic colour theory.


Friday 17 May 2013 1pm – 4pm

Saturday 18 May 2013 1pm – 4pm

Still life painting BOOKED OUT

Construct your own painting, working from a classic still life study. Make thumbnail sketches while looking at composition and learning to see tonal relationships. Learn about using different painting mediums and then create a simple still life in acrylic paint.


Friday 21 June 2013 1pm – 4pm

Saturday 22 June 2013 1pm – 4pm

Drypoint etching

This month we look at the unique qualities of drypoint etching. We use an etching press to transform your drawn marks into a unique set of prints that will demonstrate to you why one of the oldest forms of printing is still so popular with artists and audiences everywhere. (You are free to bring a subject of your choice to draw from, or use available resources.)



Friday 19 July 2013 1pm – 4pm


Saturday 20 July 2013 1pm – 4pm

Linocut printmaking

You will make your own design from a drawing of your choice and learn how to translate this into a black-and-white linoprint series that can be hand-coloured. You will be taught registration, plate preparation, how to safely cut the block and ways to hand-print your lino using a range of papers, so that you can continue printing when you get home. (You are free to bring a subject of your choice to draw from or use available resources.)



Friday 23 August 2013 1pm – 4pm


Saturday 24 August 2013 1pm – 4pm

Watercolour painting BOOKED OUT

Watercolour is a beautiful, sensual medium that truly inspires artists because of its fluid, transparent and free-flowing nature. You will learn to make a flat wash and gradated wash, brush control, mark-making, glazing and complete colour charts, before heading into abstraction and completing an experimental composition, inspired by both the new techniques and artists you have studied today.


Friday 13 September 2013 1pm – 4pm

Saturday 14 September 2013 1pm – 4pm


We examine works from the Asian collection that demonstrate the beauty and eloquent expressiveness that empty space combined with the ‘right’ brushstroke, by a master artist, can convey. Ink lends itself to experimental techniques very similar in nature to using watercolour. But learning to mix and utilise the many shades between white and black will both challenge and astonish you.


Friday 18 October 2013 1pm – 4pm

Saturday 19 October 2013 1pm – 4pm

Coloured pencils, ink, watercolour and chalk pastel BOOKED OUT

We examine the beautiful textures, colours and detail found in botanical art and scientific drawings. We use these to inspire our own versions of history. We make a collection of unique drawings and paintings using ink, watercolour and coloured pencil that we draw together using simple bookbinding techniques to tell individual stories.


Friday 22 November 2013 1pm – 4pm

Saturday 23 November 2013 1pm – 4pm