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	Image: workshop tutor Brenda Tye

Art and life 2013

With Brenda Tye

A brand new program, designed for both beginners and artists wanting to explore the many colours, textures and shapes within the natural world. We begin from scratch and each month explore different materials with a different subject, using varied approaches and techniques. Classes are structured initially using a step-by-step process, to build confidence and demonstrate materials. As the day progresses, students are encouraged to broaden their approach to include a more personal interpretation of the subject, with assistance and guidance along the way. When needed, imagery and photos are provided to work from. You are welcome to bring some of your own good-quality images to work with.

Image: workshop tutor Brenda Tye

Various Fridays in 2013, 10.30am–3.30pm
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$88 non-member
$78 member
per workshop
$10 extra for 24 May class

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. Not negotiable.

Duration 5 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)

Drawing animals with expression and character

Learn how to bring forth individual character and expression, using basic forms to draw animals in charcoal. We begin with the basic shapes and gradually start adding tone and depth as we explore texture and pattern. Using charcoal, graphite and chalk pastel, you will capture not only a sense of three-dimensional form, but learn to exploit expressive mark-making to convey an animal’s individual character.



Friday 22 February 2013 10:30am – 3:30pm

Animals with ink, charcoal and collage BOOKED OUT

Using the beautifully fluid qualities of ink, combined with the textural properties of charcoal, we use the inspiring forms found in the animal kingdom to kick-start a work with powerful expression, dynamic movement and unusual compositions. You will be studying artists as diverse as Henry Moore, Picasso and Brett Whiteley.


Friday 22 March 2013 10:30am – 3:30pm

Experimental drawing and the figure BOOKED OUT

This month we study the human form, drawing from a draped and costumed life model. Using different approaches and media we explore new ways of seeing and responding to the human form.
Note: total cost for this class is $95 non-member, $88 member due to additional life model fee


Friday 24 May 2013 10:30am – 3:30pm

Linocut printmaking inspired by nature

This month we draw our inspiration from the unique patterns found in nature. We use an animal or plant form on which to base our design and learn how to construct a multi-coloured reduction linoprint. This is a printing method pioneered by Picasso – discover why it’s sometimes referred to as the suicide print! You will learn how to design, cut and print your lino using at least three colours to make your own series or edition.



Friday 28 June 2013 10:30am – 3:30pm

Drypoint etchings

William Kentridge is our focus artist this month as we use the qualities of drypoint to exploit movement, energy and spirit. Drawing from a selection of different exotic animals, you will make a series of drypoint etchings that aim to capture much more than can ever be caught on camera.



Friday 26 July 2013 10:30am – 3:30pm


Monoprinting is a wonderful medium to explore imagery and ideas, being both simple and direct. We spend the day learning some techniques behind this medium and experimenting with our methods and materials using water-based ink and watercolour, while learning to print with and without a press. We will begin our experiments using simple shapes and abstractions. You are welcome to bring with you imagery or ideas that interest you; otherwise a range of natural resources will be available.



Friday 30 August 2013 10:30am – 3:30pm

Insects, bugs and beetles with ink and watercolour

This month we look at the exquisite detail and beauty behind botanical and scientific drawing and explore the beauty of watercolour and ink washes. We make detailed pencil studies using both patterns from nature and insect specimens, while allowing the free-flowing aspect of ink to inspire new ‘species’.



Friday 20 September 2013 10:30am – 3:30pm

Birds with a feather

This month we use birds, drawing inspiration from them as symbols of flight and freedom. Using colour in an expressive way – in acrylic, charcoal, oil pastels and collage – we make drawings of birds using unusual compositions combined with a dynamic approach. These will be big and bold, both in size and impact.



Friday 25 October 2013 10:30am – 3:30pm

Capturing character CANCELLED

Bring with you a few decorative items or objects that say something about yourself, then collaborate with Brenda and your fellow workshop attendees to create a still life representing the identities of the class. Experiment depicting the arrangement with various mediums, including collage, ink, watercolour and wax, whilst capturing the different characters of the objects. Your work will be compiled into a concertina-format book to tell the story of the still life.


Friday 29 November 2013 10:30am – 3:30pm