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Absolute beginners 2018

Monthly classes with Brenda Tye

These one-day workshops are the place to learn new skills, brush up on old ones, try new materials and approaches, and experiment and explore in a friendly, supportive environment. Complete novices are welcome as well as those with some art experience.

Focusing on building basic, practical artmaking skills, this is the most comprehensive beginners program around. Each month students learn techniques specific to a medium, while also studying how other artists have used the medium in the past.

The program starts in February with an introduction to the humble pencil.

Various Fridays and Saturdays in 2018, 1pm
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$65 non-member
$55 member
per workshop

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878

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All materials provided. Bring an apron.

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. Not negotiable.

Duration 3 hours
Location: Members lounge

Pencils and graphite BOOKED OUT

Explore basic shapes and forms using the humble pencil. Discover the versatility of graphite in both pencil and stick form. We will start with a variety of different marks to build up a drawing vocabulary. Break down complex forms into simple shapes. 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 16 February 2018 1pm – 4pm

Saturday 17 February 2018 1pm – 4pm

Pencils and graphite II

This month we continue to explore and experiment with graphite. We will work on simple exercises to build up your vocabulary of mark making, paying attention to line, tone, texture and composition. Build on skills and confidence while searching for ways to interpret our subject. A great class to learn some important drawing fundamentals. While this is a continuation of last month’s lesson, it is also a stand alone class and not essential to book into both.



Friday 16 March 2018 1pm – 4pm


Saturday 17 March 2018 1pm – 4pm


Charcoal is a medium renowned for its versatility, rich depth of tone and contrasts. A popular medium used by many artists throughout history. Using simple still-life objects as subject matter, this workshop is an opportunity to learn fundamental properties of this versatile medium.



Friday 20 April 2018 1pm – 4pm

Saturday 21 April 2018 1pm – 4pm

Colour wheel

An introduction to understanding and using colour. This is the perfect class if you’ve never painted before, love colour or just want to understand and experience how to mix and enjoy colour. Applicable to any medium that uses colour. In this class you will complete a basic colour wheel that takes approximately 2 hours to paint. This will equip you with skills to mix complex colours from the primaries, begin to understand how artists use colour, and see basic colour theory in action.



Friday 18 May 2018 1pm – 4pm

Saturday 19 May 2018 1pm – 4pm

Watercolour I BOOKED OUT

A popular and fun, watercolour is a favourite among many artists for its fluidity and transparency. You will learn some basic techniques in brush control and mark making, complete a colour chart and learn about glazing. Experimentation is encouraged.


Friday 22 June 2018 1pm – 4pm

Saturday 23 June 2018 1pm – 4pm

Watercolour II

This month we continue our exploration into the wondrous qualities of watercolour. This class is an opportunity to build on techniques learnt in the June workshop. For newcomers, Brenda will explain and demonstrate basic watercolour techniques, brush control, mark making and simple glazing methods, set simple and practical exercises to get you on your way to experimenting with colour and composition.


Friday 20 July 2018 1pm – 4pm


Saturday 21 July 2018 1pm – 4pm


Pastels appeal to our all senses. Their chalky texture, and pure colour pigment are held together with a minimum of binder medium and are the perfect medium for exploring both colour, and bridging the gap between painting and drawing. We draw from simple still life objects using a limited palette and then try expanding our colour palette, using a more personal response and a variety of drawing techniques.


Friday 17 August 2018 1pm – 4pm

Saturday 18 August 2018 1pm – 4pm


This month we explore the diverse qualities of ink. A favourite medium for artists throughout the ages, particularly throughout Asian art. Discover the incredible beauty and eloquence that ink can convey. Ink also lends itself to experimental techniques which will broaden your artistic language. You will be challenged and delighted at your results.



Friday 21 September 2018 1pm – 4pm


Saturday 22 September 2018 1pm – 4pm


Construct your own painting working from a classic still life study. We will make thumb nail sketches while looking at composition and learning to see tonal relationships. You will learn about using different painting mediums and then create a simple still life in acrylic paint.



Friday 19 October 2018 1pm – 4pm


Saturday 20 October 2018 1pm – 4pm

Lino printing BOOKED OUT

You will make your own design from a drawing of your choice and learn how to translate this into a black and white lino print series that can be hand coloured. You will be taught registration, plate preparation, how to safely and effectively cut the block. We will experiment using a range of papers, so that you can continue printing when you get home. Visual resources will be provided, but please bring some images of your own if you wish.


Friday 16 November 2018 1pm – 4pm

Saturday 17 November 2018 1pm – 4pm