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Art essentials 2018

Monthly classes with Brenda Tye

This program of monthly art projects focuses on a different medium each month. It is designed for those with some art experience; however, beginners are welcome to join.

Using a variety of approaches, techniques and subject matter, the workshops allow for experimentation as well as refreshing existing skills. 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.

Various Saturdays in 2018, 10.30am
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$95 non-member
$85 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.

Location: Members lounge


In this workshop, you’ll experiment with a wide range of mark-making possibilities using pencils and graphite sticks and add creative diversity to your drawing practice. You’ll explore mark-making, texture and pattern while playing around with composition, structure and rhythm.



Saturday 24 February 2018 10:30am – 3:30pm


Charcoal is the perfect medium to explore depth and tone we make a tonal gradation scale and explore simple techniques useful to the medium. We look at the way other artists have used this medium before embarking on our own composition in response to the artists we have studied today.



Saturday 24 March 2018 10:30am – 3:30pm

Colour wheel

Colour is very seductive, but often tricky to manage. In this workshop you will learn some fundamentals of colour theory. We will make our own colourwheel – an important and practical tool to help manage and understand colour relationships. Learn to mix and adjust colours to assist in selecting appropriate palettes to create a variety moods in your works.



Saturday 28 April 2018 10:30am – 3:30pm

Lino printing

This month we draw our inspiration from the unique descriptive patterns found in nature. We use either an animal or plant form to base our design on and learn how to construct a multi coloured reduction lino print. This unique printing method was 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.



Saturday 26 May 2018 10:30am – 3:30pm


An exciting and fun medium, pastels will appeal to anyone who loves drawing and colour. With their chalky texture and pure colour pigment, pastels are the perfect medium for exploring colour and bridging the gap between painting and drawing. Referencing the wonderful work of Edgar Degas, famous for his pastel drawings, we make studies of his technique and learn how both instructive and rewarding this medium can be.


Saturday 30 June 2018 10:30am – 3:30pm

Try your hand

Using copies of old master drawings and your own hands and/or feet, you will mould small sculptures from clay to use as models for your own hand/feet studies. By making a 3-D study, you will gain a deeper understand of the form and structure of the hand which will ultimately aid in your rendering of this, often tricky subject. Experiment mixing flesh tones and discover just how colourful skin really is. Bring a small box to take home your clay studies.



Saturday 28 July 2018 10:30am – 3:30pm

Drawing from the collection

Spend the day drawing in the beautiful Old Courts of the Gallery. Working directly form works in the collection. Brenda will explain simple and fundamental principles of drawing from paintings and sculpture. A great opportunity to learn from the masters on display and examining the works closely.



Saturday 25 August 2018 10:30am – 3:30pm

Watercolour I

A beautiful and popular medium, loved by artists for its lovely fluid transparency, fresh colour and immediacy. Using a range of different approaches, we will make bold and colourful still life studies of luscious fruit and vegetables. A wonderful day playing with colour shape and composition.



Saturday 29 September 2018 10:30am – 3:30pm

Watercolour II BOOKED OUT

Continuing our watercolour journey, this class is an opportunity to continue the exploration of this colourful and seductive medium. You can work on themes explored in last month’s class, or start a new project. For those who did not attend the previous class, Brenda will take you through a range of techniques and a variety of different approaches using a still life study.


Saturday 27 October 2018 10:30am – 3:30pm


Be inspired by a rich array of edible seafood ingredients. Construct a still life that defies its name and becomes a luscious, tempting exploration of life. Using black and coloured inks, brushes, nibs and bamboo pens, you will learn how to exploit ink’s fluid and atmospheric qualities to construct a still life designed to appeal to all the senses.


Saturday 24 November 2018 10:30am – 3:30pm