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Art in life art classes

Monthly classes with Brenda Tye

Animals and plants have been a source of fascination and inspiration to artists since the dawn of time. In this brand new program, Brenda Tye will explore the many varied colours, textures and shapes found in the natural world, with a special focus on the animal kingdom.

Learn to draw, paint and capture animals with character and expression in this special series designed for both beginners and more advanced art students wanting to explore this rich subject.

Beginning from scratch, each month we explore different materials using a variety of 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.

Where relevant, high-quality imagery and photos are provided to work from and you are welcome to bring some of your own images to work with.

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Various Fridays in 2012, 10.30am
See listing for dates

$88 non-members
$78 members

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878

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)

The big cats: lions and tigers

We begin with the basic shapes and gradually start adding tone and depth as we explore texture and pattern, to finally bring forth individual character and expression. 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 character.


Friday 24 February 2012 10:30am – 3:30pm

Animals in the landscape

This month we introduce drawing strategies to assist us when simplifying shapes, to break down processes and introduce composition. Gradually we build experience with our materials by introducing both drawing and painting skills. You will be studying artists as diverse as Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso and Brett Whiteley, before you venture into combining materials to produce a drawing with its own expression and power. Involves crayon, ink, charcoal, paint and collage.


Friday 23 March 2012 10:30am – 3:30pm

The human body in all its glory

This month we study the human form – the ultimate life in art subject. You will be drawing from a draped and costumed model, using different approaches and media to draw the figure that is sure to be both fun and challenging. Involves charcoal, ink, crayons and collage.


Friday 27 April 2012 10:30am – 3:30pm

Spots, stripes and all things patterned

This month learn how to construct a multicoloured reduction lino print. This is a unique printing method that was pioneered by Picasso. Discover why it’s sometimes referred to as the suicide print! We draw our inspiration from the unique patterns found in nature using an animal or plant as inspiration. This then will be translated through the printing process, the results of which are often completely unexpected. You will learn how to design, cut and print your lino using at least three colours to make your own series or edition that will be sure to amaze and dazzle you. Involved reduction lino printing.


Friday 25 May 2012 10:30am – 3:30pm

Get into the spirit with dry point etching

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


Friday 22 June 2012 10:30am – 3:30pm

Printing from plant and animal studies

This is a printmaking workshop that uses collagraph, dry point and monoprinting techniques to make a series that focuses on textural features. By cropping small sections from images, changing the scale and playing with composition, we make some highly experimental images based around either animal or plant forms. You will be using abstract principals to contrast texture, line, pattern and form, to build a panel of multiple prints inspired by the natural world. Involves dry point and collagraph printing.


Friday 27 July 2012 10:30am – 3:30pm

Insects, bugs and beetles

This month we look at the exquisite detail and beauty behind botanical and scientific drawing. Using this genre to begin our inspiration, we will create lots of watercolour washes and while allowing these to dry will make pencil or charcoal studies using nature as our subject. Then we will proceed to cut, tear and otherwise deconstruct our drawings into interesting compositions that possibly push beyond your comfortable boundaries. The expectations we began with are suddenly no longer relevant for you have begun your journey and the path you take is now up to you. Involves collage, ink, coloured pencils, watercolour and charcoal.


Friday 24 August 2012 10:30am – 3:30pm

Clay portraits

Use this most tactile medium – clay – to inspire a portrait of your own. You will be encouraged to make your own interpretation, working first from drawings. We will look at the influence of primitive cultures to artists such as Picasso and Matisse before you plunge head first into making an expressive character, inspired by your own personality and interests. You will learn simple construction techniques and ways to add detail and texture. Bring a box suitable to take home your unfired piece.


Friday 14 September 2012 10:30am – 3:30pm

Birds with a feather

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


Friday 26 October 2012 10:30am – 3:30pm