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	Peter Griffen’s studio

Peter Griffen workshops 2011

Weekend painting workshops at the artist's studio

Join Peter Griffen in his studio for a weekend of hands-on experimental, abstract and semi-abstract painting. Many acrylic painting techniques will be demonstrated, with a particular emphasis on composition, line, strong colour and collage. Simple projects will be set and participants will be encouraged to work at their own rate and in their own way, allowing themselves to be guided by the painterly effects that they produce. Intuition, self-expression and individuality will be encouraged.

Meet Peter in the Society Member’s Lounge at 11am on the Friday and go on a journey of discovery around the Gallery, where Peter will highlight specific key works of interest relating to the workshop activities. This will finish at about 1pm. The workshop times at the studio on Saturday and Sunday are 9.30am – 4pm.

All materials supplied: unlimited amounts of paint, paper and brushes, etc. Suitable for beginners and experienced students. Morning tea and a gourmet lunch provided.

Peter Griffen’s studio

Various weekends in 2011
See listing for dates

$350 non-members
$300 members

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878

Studio address is supplied with ticket
Fridays 11am – 1pm, weekends 9.30am – 4pm
Please inform us of any personal dietary requirements

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 2 days, 2 hours

Abstraction: Take a line for a walk

By taking a line for a walk the participant enters the world of pure abstraction. Marks are made and responded to without conscious reference to anything “real”. Instead, shapes are invented and new colour combinations and compositions appear in a poetic and whimsical way.


Friday 18 February 2011 11am – 1pm

Studio sessions:
Saturday 19 February 9.30am – 4pm
Sunday 20 February 9.30am – 4pm

Expressive still life

In the spirit of Klee, Miró and Picasso, a vase of flowers is transformed. Using the expressive approach of de Kooning, paint is splashed on in response to a bulging bowl of fruit and the childlike techniques of CoBrA are encouraged to stimulate investigative painting with unleashed freedom.


Friday 18 March 2011 11am – 1pm

Studio sessions:
Saturday 19 March 9.30am – 4pm
Sunday 20 March 9.30am – 4pm

Landscapes: varying the approach

Using the landscape as a source of ideas, painting with freedom commences. From reference to the participantʼs own sketches, preliminary studies, earlier paintings or any photos brought to the workshop from home, a variety of painting approaches is encouraged, such as expressive brushwork, splashing, collage, scraping, dripping and so on. The combining of drawing and painting techniques will also be encouraged.


Friday 24 June 2011 11am – 1pm

Studio sessions:
Saturday 25 June 9.30am – 4pm
Sunday 26 June 9.30am – 4pm

Abstraction plus

This second abstract workshop starts with “pure” abstract approaches, as in the first abstract workshop, but on the second day there is an hour of exciting, intense, expressive painting in response to still life objects. This usually results in quite surprising outcomes, helps participants to free up and introduces another dynamic into the task of image-making.


Friday 26 August 2011 11am – 1pm

Studio sessions:
Saturday 27 August 9.30am – 4pm
Sunday 28 August 9.30am – 4pm

Expressive figure responses

Without the restrictions of “getting it right”, participants paint in a variety of ways in response to the figure. Freedom gained from not needing to make correct anatomical representation leads to exciting compositions, which are aided by the added energy from the presence of the live model. This workshop presents an uninhibited approach to the challenges offered by this classic subject matter.


Friday 25 November 2011 11am – 1pm

Studio sessions:
26 November 9.30am – 4pm
Sunday 27 November 9.30am – 4pm