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Art appreciation lecture series 2018

The hidden language of art: symbol and allusion

From cave painting to contemporary video, artists in every culture use symbols and allegory to add meaning to their subject. But if we can’t decode these images, how can we understand the story behind them or the message the artist wishes to convey?

In 2018, the Art Gallery Society of NSW’s art appreciation lecture series will explore the visual clues behind some of the world’s great masterpieces: the mythologies of East and West, for example, that inspired painters from Titian to Anselm Kiefer and Grayson Perry; fabled Mughal gardens; the subtle gestures of Renaissance Madonnas; sacred geometry in Rome; Enigmatic Velázquez; Hogarth’s moral mazes; forgotten histories, personal secrets and coded connotations.

Over 36 weeks, in lectures by 32 distinguished curators and art historians, The hidden language of art will reach into the past to interpret elusive imagery that can still speak to the present. An unmissable series.


Term 1 - 12 lectures
Subscription pass will be posted with lecture dates
Proudly sponsored by RESIMAC


Art appreciation lecture series 2018

From cave painting to contemporary video, artists in every culture use symbols and allegory to add meaning to their subject. But if we can’t decode these images, how can we understand the story behind them or the message the artist wishes to convey?

In 2018, the Art Gallery Society of NSW’s art appreciation lecture series will explore the visual clues behind some of the world’s great masterpieces: the mythologies of East and West, for example, that inspired painters from Titian to Anselm Kiefer and Grayson Perry; fabled Mughal gardens; the subtle gestures of Renaissance Madonnas; sacred geometry in Rome; Enigmatic Velázquez; Hogarth’s moral mazes; forgotten histories, personal secrets and coded connotations.

Over 36 weeks, in lectures by 32 distinguished curators and art historians, The hidden language of art will reach into the past to interpret elusive imagery that can still speak to the present. An unmissable series.



For children aged 9-13

Our monthly Art Club classes will broaden your child’s knowledge of art and develop their artistic ability. With each class focusing on a medium and technique, they will also explore the Gallery and gather inspiration for their artwork.

Art Club runs one weekend every month, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.


For children aged 9-13 years

Our monthly Art Club classes will broaden your child’s knowledge of art and develop their artistic ability. With each class focusing on a medium and technique, they will also explore the Gallery and gather inspiration for their artwork.

Art Club runs one weekend every month, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.


For children aged 5–8

Our Kids Club monthly workshops aim to familiarise your children with the Gallery, introduce them to art, inspire their talents and have them create their own unique artworks. This includes engaging with the Gallery’s collection and visiting some special exhibitions.

Kids Club runs one weekend every month, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.


For children aged 5–8

Our Kids Club monthly workshops aim to familiarise your children with the Gallery, introduce them to art, inspire their talents and have them create their own unique artworks. This includes engaging with the Gallery’s collection and visiting some special exhibitions.

Kids Club runs one weekend every month, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.


For children aged 5–8

Our Kids Club monthly workshops aim to familiarise your children with the Gallery, introduce them to art, inspire their talents and have them create their own unique artworks. This includes engaging with the Gallery’s collection and visiting some special exhibitions.

Kids Club runs one weekend every month, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.


For children aged 9-13

Our monthly Art Club classes will broaden your child’s knowledge of art and develop their artistic ability. With each class focusing on a medium and technique, they will also explore the Gallery and gather inspiration for their artwork.

Art Club runs one weekend every month, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.


For children aged 9-13

Our monthly Art Club classes will broaden your child’s knowledge of art and develop their artistic ability. With each class focusing on a medium and technique, they will also explore the Gallery and gather inspiration for their artwork.

Art Club runs one weekend every month, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.


For children aged 9-13

Our monthly Art Club classes will broaden your child’s knowledge of art and develop their artistic ability. With each class focusing on a medium and technique, they will also explore the Gallery and gather inspiration for their artwork.

Art Club runs one weekend every month, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.


For children aged 5–8

Our Kids Club monthly workshops aim to familiarise your children with the Gallery, introduce them to art, inspire their talents and have them create their own unique artworks. This includes engaging with the Gallery’s collection and visiting some special exhibitions.

Kids Club runs one weekend every month, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.


For children aged 5–8

Our Kids Club monthly workshops aim to familiarise your children with the Gallery, introduce them to art, inspire their talents and have them create their own unique artworks. This includes engaging with the Gallery’s collection and visiting some special exhibitions.

Kids Club runs one weekend every month, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.


For children aged 5–8

Our Kids Club monthly workshops aim to familiarise your children with the Gallery, introduce them to art, inspire their talents and have them create their own unique artworks. This includes engaging with the Gallery’s collection and visiting some special exhibitions.

Kids Club runs one weekend every month, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.


Absolute beginners 2018 - Friday series

16 February 2018, 1.00pm

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.



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 frontier spirit 2018

17 February 2018,

Join art historian and art appreciation course lecturer Jaime Tsai, in this continuation of her exploration of American artists. Great American painters Kay Sage and Helen Frankenthaler were post-war trailblazers, consolidating European influences such as psychoanalysis and surrealism into a uniquely American visual language that favoured architectural and landscape motifs. Often overshadowed by their partners and male counterparts, this series will highlight the visionary contributions of Sage to surrealism and Frankenthaler to Colour Field abstraction.


Resonate 2018

18 February 2018, 6.30pm

Concert series

Now in its 19th year, the Resonate concert series returns to the Gallery with another musical and visual feast to move and inspire you.

The entrance court and grand courts are the perfect environment for Resonate’s extraordinary blend of music and art. We know you’ll enjoy the experience.

With a new starting time of 6.30pm, the evening begins with a reception with light refreshments and a private viewing of an exhibition before the concert.

Doors open 6.30pm.
Concerts start 7.30pm.

*Subscription tickets available by phone (02 9225 1878) or in person at the members lounge, not online


Gallery Express 2018

21 February 2018, 10.00am

A bus tour of selected commercial galleries

Join your fellow members of the Art Gallery Society of NSW for a morning touring some of Sydney’s best commercial galleries.

View the latest exhibitions, with tours conducted by gallery owners and artists. Morning tea will be supplied.

All tours depart from the Art Gallery of NSW front steps. Some walking and climbing of stairs may be required.


Art essentials 2018

24 February 2018, 10.30am

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.



Teenage Art Club

18 March 2018, 10.30am

A new series of monthly classes for young artists to explore and nurture their creativity. Looking at different artworks in the collection each month, we will gain inspiration through discussion, share ideas and techniques, then create our own individual work. With Art Club teacher Karen O’Connor, this is an ideal follow up for kids who have completed our Art Club program. Open to all teenagers aged 13 +.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell Australia


Repercussions and legacies a century on

The year 1918 was a tumultuous year with far-reaching consequences. With the US entry into World War I, this cataclysmic and brutal conflict finally came to a close - it’s aftermath transforming geographic, political, social and artistic boundaries, whose ramifications still affect us today.

That extraordinary year saw death and destruction on a vast scale, European monarchies topple, political upheaval and a ‘flu pandemic that spread across the world killing multiple millions. Yet, out of all this turmoil came new ideas, new ways of seeing and new ways of expressing the difficulty and splendour of what it is to be human.

'1918: The world in transition' features ten experts in their fields who will bring to life this explosive year through politics, literature, music, fashion and painting to illuminate the repercussions and legacies that have come down to us a century later.


The year 1918 was a tumultuous year with far-reaching consequences. With the US entry into World War I, this cataclysmic and brutal conflict finally came to a close - it’s aftermath transforming geographic, political, social and artistic boundaries, whose ramifications still affect us today.

That extraordinary year saw death and destruction on a vast scale, European monarchies topple, political upheaval and a ‘flu pandemic that spread across the world killing multiple millions. Yet, out of all this turmoil came new ideas, new ways of seeing and new ways of expressing the difficulty and splendour of what it is to be human.

'1918: The world in transition' features ten experts in their fields who will bring to life this explosive year through politics, literature, music, fashion and painting to illuminate the repercussions and legacies that have come down to us a century later.


'The Planets', the Devil and a Hungarian
Andy Bromberger

In the final year of World War 1, three composers premiered works of enormous power in three very different parts of the Western World. Gustav Holst’s 'The Planets' was performed at Queen’s Hall London; Igor Stravinsky’s 'L’Histoire du Soldat' in Lausanne and Bela Bartok’s 'String Quartet no. 2' in Budapest. Each of these pieces had aspects which were novel to the composer’s usual style and were all publicly praised. By looking at these compositions, how and why they were written, we can understand the musical direction in which theses composers were heading.

Beyond the Little Black Dress
Claudia Chan Shaw

In 1918, Gabrielle Coco Chanel invented the concept of the modern boutique when she opened her couture house at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris. Fashion is what’s in vogue, the latest trend, à la mode, the up to the minute. Fashion is ever changing. Yet 100 years on, the designs and ideas created by Coco Chanel are just as relevant today. We have Chanel to thank for popularising the Little Black Dress, championing pants for women, costume jewellery and creating the first designer branded fragrance. In the same year, Cartier introduced its signature Tank watch. This lecture looks at the legacies left by Chanel and her peers, proving that, as Chanel once said, “Fashion fades, only style remains the same”.



Special lecture: Eternal Egypt

21 April 2018, 2.00pm

Christopher Hartney: Gustave Flaubert - A Sensualist in Egypt

Inspired by the Greek traveller-historian Herodotus, the astounding French novelist Gustave Flaubert set off for Egypt in 1849. As a remarkable sensualist, Flaubert left us a trail of writings that provide a deeply emotional account of his visit. We will use Flaubert's account to see why Egypt so easily gets under our skin and into our hearts, and consider how and why this Frenchman was often overcome with déjà vu as he sailed the Nile.

Ronika Power: Change is the only constant - Exploring variability in ancient Egyptian burial practices and customs

The culture of ancient Egypt is often heralded as immutable. Timeless structures such as the pyramids convey an apparent sense of immobility, order and conformity, unchanged over millennia. This perspective pertains particularly to burial practices and customs. However, closer examinations of Egyptian funerary behaviour show extraordinary variation in the ways people provided for, treated and disposed of their dead. This lecture embraces these examples of ‘complexity’ and ‘variability’ as opportunities to explore how individuals and groups, within the same overarching cultural framework, made different decisions when faced with the biological imperative of death. In the deep past, as in our living present, death presents an enduring tendency to articulate a unique relationship with the deceased. When viewed from this perspective, the rich spectrum of funerary behaviour provides insights into how the ancient Egyptians expressed the complexity, variability and meaning of life.



Watercolour is a popular and attractive painting medium, but can be tricky to master. In this workshop you will be shown simple exercises in colour selection, colour mixing and application which will result in beautiful transparent washes which will give your image luminosity and depth. Using a simple still life as your subject, Andrew will demonstrate, methods to compose your painting, discuss the best ways to use your material and tools including paper, brushes and other drawing mediums.

All materials supplied, please feel free to bring your own watercolours if you prefer. Bring an apron and your lunch, or buy it in the café.


Gumnut Babies and Puddin’ Thieves: Bush adventure stories for children
Dr Robin Morrow AM

Join us as we take a fresh look at 'Snugglepot and Cuddlepie' by May Gibbs and 'The Magic Pudding' by Norman Lindsay, both first published in 1918 and now considered classics of Australian literature. Both creators melded pictures and words to tell their tales. We shall examine similarities and differences between the books and their attitudes to the bush; look at them as products of their time; and find ways they are like and unlike the books published for children today.

War and peace – and Billy Hughes
Anne Henderson

Australia’s temperamental prime minister Billy Hughes was a great survivor of Australian politics, who dominated the politics of the Great War Down Under. While it was Labor’s Andrew Fisher who announced that Australia would join with Britain in WWI, it was Billy Hughes who inherited the leadership soon after. Hughes was expelled from the Labor Party in 1917 after pushing for a conscription plebiscite in 1916 – but he was eventually forced to form a “Win-the-War” Party. Hughes resigned in 1918, but was later reinstated. This lecture will discuss why Hughes was such a dominant figure in WWI, and in the peace that followed, along with the various roles Hughes played in Australian politics over half a century.


Gumnut Babies and Puddin’ Thieves: Bush adventure stories for children
Dr Robin Morrow AM

Join us as we take a fresh look at 'Snugglepot and Cuddlepie' by May Gibbs and 'The Magic Pudding' by Norman Lindsay, both first published in 1918 and now considered classics of Australian literature. Both creators melded pictures and words to tell their tales. We shall examine similarities and differences between the books and their attitudes to the bush; look at them as products of their time; and find ways they are like and unlike the books published for children today.

War and peace – and Billy Hughes
Anne Henderson

Australia’s temperamental prime minister Billy Hughes was a great survivor of Australian politics, who dominated the politics of the Great War Down Under. While it was Labor’s Andrew Fisher who announced that Australia would join with Britain in WWI, it was Billy Hughes who inherited the leadership soon after. Hughes was expelled from the Labor Party in 1917 after pushing for a conscription plebiscite in 1916 – but he was eventually forced to form a “Win-the-War” Party. Hughes resigned in 1918, but was later reinstated. This lecture will discuss why Hughes was such a dominant figure in WWI, and in the peace that followed, along with the various roles Hughes played in Australian politics over half a century.


Art essentials 2018 - Colour wheel

28 April 2018, 10.30am

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.


Concert: Tim Draxl

29 April 2018, 6.30pm

Love Is love

Join Tim Draxl one of Australia’s foremost cabaret performers for a night of smooth vocals that will tug at your heartstrings, celebrating love in it’s many forms, past, present and future.

The evening will feature crooner classics of the great American song book such as 'Taking a chance on love' and 'Fly me to the moon', musical theatre favourites, 'Never been in love' (Guys and Dolls), 'We kiss in a shadow' (The King and I), 'Secret love' (Calamity Jane), along with passionate contemporary songs.

Accompanying Tim is the incomparable Michael Tyack on piano and Dave Ellis on double bass. This a night you don’t want to miss.

Doors open 6.30pm
Concert starts 7.00pm

The concert will feature cabaret seating. Tables seat a maximum of 8 people. Please advise of any seating preferences or groups when booking.


Teenage Art Club: Fancy footwear

29 April 2018, 10.30am

Looking at a variety of footwear, fancy or plain, let’s invent some fun designs and make some shoe sculptures using clay.


Join one of our guides for a brief introduction to 'The lady and the unicorn' exhibition, focusing on providing exhibition layout and historical context before directing visitors to self-explore through the ‘six senses’. After your experience with one of the world’s greatest treasures, your volunteer guide will be available for questions and discussion before leading you through the contemporary bestiary

10am Meet for coffee in the members lounge
10.30am Tour starts from the members lounge



To help you to make the best use of your membership and learn more about the Gallery, we would like to invite you to our new members’ welcome afternoon.

Hear from Art Gallery Society Executive Director Ron Ramsey before heading off on a guided tour of the Gallery's collection. After the tour join us for a coffee and a chat.

2.30pm – Welcome
2.45pm – Tour (approx. 45 mins)
3.30pm – Return for coffee and chat


‘I always knew I wanted to do something creative, and it seemed every step I took was in the right direction.’ Bronwyn Oliver is one of the most important Australian sculptors of the last century. Hannah Fink, author of 'Strange Things: Bronwyn Oliver', traces Oliver’s career from her early performances and paperworks at Alexander Mackie and at Chelsea School of Art in London to her masterworks in the Botanic Gardens and the Hilton Hotel.



Villers-Bretonneux and Australia's artists at war
Dr Anthea Gunn

The fighting at Villers-Bretonneux in April 1918 saw Australians play a key role in the end of the Germans' spring offensive, crucial to changing the direction of the war and the Allies victory. Since December 1916 leading Australian artists were deployed as official war artists to create works in the field and were commissioned to create large history paintings. This lecture will explore how this collection was created and intended to be displayed in Australia's national war memorial museum.

The meaning of sedition
Dr David Smith

The Sedition Act of 1918 is one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in American history, though it enjoyed widespread support at the time. It extended the Espionage Act of 1917 to outlaw “disloyal, profane, scurrilous or abusive” language about the US government, flag and armed forces. Hundreds of people were prosecuted under the Sedition and Espionage Acts, including Germans, Socialists, and Jehovah’s Witnesses. As the end of the Great War developed into one of the most violent and turbulent periods of American political history, the Sedition Act led to a ferocious, high-stakes debate about free speech with important long-term consequences. The years of the Sedition Act give us valuable insights into how tenuous freedom can be in democracies.


Villers-Bretonneux and Australia's artists at war
Dr Anthea Gunn

The fighting at Villers-Bretonneux in April 1918 saw Australians play a key role in the end of the Germans' spring offensive, crucial to changing the direction of the war and the Allies victory. Since December 1916 leading Australian artists were deployed as official war artists to create works in the field and were commissioned to create large history paintings. This lecture will explore how this collection was created and intended to be displayed in Australia's national war memorial museum.

The meaning of sedition
Dr David Smith

The Sedition Act of 1918 is one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in American history, though it enjoyed widespread support at the time. It extended the Espionage Act of 1917 to outlaw “disloyal, profane, scurrilous or abusive” language about the US government, flag and armed forces. Hundreds of people were prosecuted under the Sedition and Espionage Acts, including Germans, Socialists, and Jehovah’s Witnesses. As the end of the Great War developed into one of the most violent and turbulent periods of American political history, the Sedition Act led to a ferocious, high-stakes debate about free speech with important long-term consequences. The years of the Sedition Act give us valuable insights into how tenuous freedom can be in democracies.


Surprise Mum with a unique gift of flowers. We will create a gorgeous bouquet of flowers by drawing your flower design into embossing foil


Surprise Mum with a unique gift of flowers. We will create a gorgeous bouquet of flowers by drawing your flower design into embossing foil


Jewels and Gems

05 May 2018, 2.00pm

Author, curator, journalist and gemmologist, Patricia Anderson, presents a fascinating series of lectures over 3 weeks on jewels and gems. From dazzling diamonds to gemstones and pearls, discover the colourful history of these precious stones, the origin of prominent jewellery houses and the famous women who made these jewels a household name.

5 May The Diamond’s Story
12 May Gemstone’s of colour and the Pearl in history
19 May Prominent jewellery houses and the women who wore their jewels



We will make a gorgeous garden of flowers using collage and crayon. Bring your garden to life by adding some bees and butterflies


We will make a gorgeous garden of flowers using collage and crayon. Bring your garden to life by adding some bees and butterflies


We will make a gorgeous garden of flowers using collage and crayon. Bring your garden to life by adding some bees and butterflies


An evening with the Archibald

06 May 2018, 6.00pm

Join us for our annual Archibald event, enjoying art and music and be among the first to view Australia’s favourite portrait prize – the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to have a sneak peek of the Archibald Prize finalists a week before the doors swing open to the public – the paint is still fresh, the walls barely up and the packers exhausted!


Surprise Mum with a unique gift of flowers. We will create a gorgeous bouquet of flowers by drawing your flower design into embossing foil


Surprise Mum with a unique gift of flowers. We will create a gorgeous bouquet of flowers by drawing your flower design into embossing foil


Surprise Mum with a unique gift of flowers. We will create a gorgeous bouquet of flowers by drawing your flower design into embossing foil


We will make a gorgeous garden of flowers using collage and crayon. Bring your garden to life by adding some bees and butterflies


We will make a gorgeous garden of flowers using collage and crayon. Bring your garden to life by adding some bees and butterflies


We will make a gorgeous garden of flowers using collage and crayon. Bring your garden to life by adding some bees and butterflies


Drawing fundamentals

09 May 2018, 1.00pm

Join artist and arts educator Christine Simpson for a series of workshops focusing on the fundamentals of drawing. Christine will guide you through four stimulating and informative classes investigating the drawing techniques of hatching, grading and erasing by concentrating on folded and draped inspirations in various spaces throughout the Gallery.

Whether you are beginning your drawing journey, or wishing to brush up on your drawing skills, this series will be a rewarding, hands-on experience.

All materials provided.




12 lectures




Funky felting workshop - May

12 May 2018, 10.30am

With Denise Lithgow

Design and create a unique sculptural vessel using pure merino wool in this inspiring one-day creative workshop.

Textile artist Denise Lithgow will guide you through the process of making and moulding felt into innovative forms and shapes. You’ll learn how to form shapes and translate these into three-dimensional non-functional vessels. You’ll have the opportunity to explore works from the Gallery’s collection, or you can bring your own photos for inspiration.

Suitable for beginners to experienced felters. No drawing skills required.



Join us on Sunday 13th May for an exclusive viewing of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes.

Drinks and light refreshments can be bought on the night.

5.15pm Doors open
5.30pm Curator’s talk
5.40pm Exhibitions open for viewing
7.30pm Last entry to exhibition
7.45pm Event concludes

This event is free but booking is required. Bring along your current membership card for entry.


Join us on Monday 14 May for an exclusive viewing of the 'Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2018'.

This event is free but booking is required. Bring along your current membership card for entry.



Gallery Express 2018 - May tour

16 May 2018, 10.00am

Bus leaves at 10.00am, please allow time for early arrival
Includes tea & coffee
*Note - there may be some walking & climbing stairs at various venues



Join contemporary Asian Art specialist, Mikala Tai, director of 4A Centre of Contemporary Art, to explore the vibrant new art scene of the Arabian Peninsula. Discover a raft of world-class state and private collections in three of the region’s most dynamic cities – Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, including IM Pei’s impressive Qatar Museum of Islamic Art and the newly-opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by Jean Nouvel.



Beloved comrades: How two extraordinary women changed the fate of Europe
Dr Christopher Hartney

Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) and Fanny Kaplan (1890-1918) took on the male-dominated world of socialist politics in Europe and made incredible contributions to their turbulent times. Luxemburg added to the theories of Marxism and educated a whole new generation of political leaders in Germany, while Kaplan sought by any means to bring change to feudal Russia. In 1918 Kaplan made the first assassination attempt on the life of Vladimir Lenin, badly injuring him. Their deep commitment resulted in their executions - only a few months apart. In this presentation, we consider their amazing lives, tragic deaths, and the extraordinary legacy they left behind.

Berlin 1918: And the destiny of Europe
Dr Christopher Hartney

In this lecture, Christopher Hartney reveals how the social, political, and artistic life of the Imperial Metropolis of Berlin coalesces into bloody street fighting that sees the establishment of the Weimar Republic, by way of a Spartacist uprising, and all of it in light of the overshadowing defeat of the Central Powers in the Great War. We will see how the art, actions, and hopes of Berliners in this crucial year sets themes and leaves legacies that will rock Europe for the rest of the century.


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.


Beloved comrades: How two extraordinary women changed the fate of Europe
Dr Christopher Hartney

Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) and Fanny Kaplan (1890-1918) took on the male-dominated world of socialist politics in Europe and made incredible contributions to their turbulent times. Luxemburg added to the theories of Marxism and educated a whole new generation of political leaders in Germany, while Kaplan sought by any means to bring change to feudal Russia. In 1918 Kaplan made the first assassination attempt on the life of Vladimir Lenin, badly injuring him. Their deep commitment resulted in their executions - only a few months apart. In this presentation, we consider their amazing lives, tragic deaths, and the extraordinary legacy they left behind.

Berlin 1918: And the destiny of Europe
Dr Christopher Hartney

In this lecture, Christopher Hartney reveals how the social, political, and artistic life of the Imperial Metropolis of Berlin coalesces into bloody street fighting that sees the establishment of the Weimar Republic, by way of a Spartacist uprising, and all of it in light of the overshadowing defeat of the Central Powers in the Great War. We will see how the art, actions, and hopes of Berliners in this crucial year sets themes and leaves legacies that will rock Europe for the rest of the century.


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.



ARIA-nominated baroque ensemble Latitude 37 make their Resonate debut with one of their renowned historically informed performances on baroque violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord. Early music enthusiasts Julia Fredersdorff, Laura Vaughan and Donald Nicholson are joined by Simon Martyn Ellis on theorbo and baritone David Greco to present a program of the music of the 16th and 17th centuries by composers such as John Dowland, Henry Purcell and John Playford evocative of the first golden age of English music.

This event will be held in the Grand courts.

Proudly sponsored by AxiCorp Financial Services


We look at mandala motifs, design an image and then fluoro print it on a calico bag.



New Members tour - May (evening)

23 May 2018, 5.15pm

To help you to make the best use of your membership and learn more about the Gallery, we would like to invite you to our new members’ welcome evening.

Hear from Art Gallery Society Executive Director Ron Ramsey before heading off on a guided tour of the Gallery's collection. After the tour join for a drink and a chat.

5:15pm – Welcome
5:30pm – Tour (approx. 45 mins)
6:15pm - Return for drink and chat




A rare chance to see some of Australia's best contemporary art

The Macquarie Group Collection is one of the most vibrant and respected compilations of contemporary Australian art, with works by some of the country’s most exciting and innovative artists, such as Janet Laurence, Daniel Boyd, Nike Savvas and Ildiko Kovacs.

Showcased in the Macquarie Group’s award-winning Sydney global headquarters, the collection focuses on acquiring works by emerging Australian artists around the theme of 'the land and its psyche’.

Join the Gallery’s Young Members for an after-hours guided tour with the Macquarie Group Collection art committee.

Refreshments will be served.

*Please note - Due to building security, latecomers not admitted. No photography.


Armchair travel: Incense and spice

26 May 2018, 10.30am

Accompany TV presenter and former foreign correspondent Jane Hutcheon as she takes you on an exotic journey exploring the Sultanate of Oman and its former dependant territory Zanzibar in East Africa. After the golden Age of Discovery, Oman and Zanzibar were closely linked for two centuries and a thriving trade route, which included slavery, influenced the language, art, religion and culture of these two very different lands.


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.


View 'Cartier: The Exhibition'

Travel with us to Canberra for a dazzling day at the National Gallery of Australia to see 'Cartier: The Exhibition'. This incredible exhibition showcases more than 300 spectacular items on loan from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier Collection itself. As well as an intriguing array of Cartier jewellery, timepieces and precious objects, the immersive exhibition includes a selection of original preparatory drawings, portraits, historic photographs, film, advertising material, jewellery-making tools and equipment to provide insight into the history of Cartier.

The day includes morning tea at the Courtyard café in Berrima, exhibition entry and guided tour with the curator Simeran Maxwell. There will be time to explore the NGA’s other collections at your leisure.

Lunch is not included. You are welcome to bring your own or buy at the gallery café in your own time.


Watercolour is a popular and attractive painting medium, but can be tricky to master. In this workshop you will be shown simple exercises in colour selection, colour mixing and application which will result in beautiful transparent washes which will give your image luminosity and depth. Using a simple still life as your subject, Andrew will demonstrate, methods to compose your painting, discuss the best ways to use your material and tools including paper, brushes and other drawing mediums.

All materials supplied, please feel free to bring your own watercolours if you prefer. Bring an apron and your lunch, or buy it in the café.


After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of 'Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2018', focusing on highlights in the Archibald plus selected key works in the Wynne and Sulman.

10.00am Meet for coffee in the members lounge (lower level 3)
10.30am Tour starts from the members lounge


Led by artist Siena White, this workshop will explore the fundamental techniques of life drawing and is aimed at developed observational skills.

You will draw directly from a life model, who will be semi-clothed and posed in dialogue with sculptures in the Gallery.

All materials provided.





Looking at animals in Aboriginal Art, we will do some x-ray drawings , experiment with drawing and rubbing out using chalk pastels.


Looking at animals in Aboriginal Art, we will do some x-ray drawings , experiment with drawing and rubbing out using chalk pastels.


Happy, sad, angry or glad, will look at our facial features and expressions and make a busy composition of faces in a crowd.


Happy, sad, angry or glad, will look at our facial features and expressions and make a busy composition of faces in a crowd.


Happy, sad, angry or glad, will look at our facial features and expressions and make a busy composition of faces in a crowd.


Looking at animals in Aboriginal Art, we will do some x-ray drawings, experiment with drawing and rubbing out using chalk pastels.


Looking at animals in Aboriginal Art, we will do some x-ray drawings, experiment with drawing and rubbing out using chalk pastels.


Looking at animals in Aboriginal Art, we will do some x-ray drawings, experiment with drawing and rubbing out using chalk pastels.


Happy, sad, angry or glad, will look at our facial features and expressions and make a busy composition of faces in a crowd.


Happy, sad, angry or glad, will look at our facial features and expressions and make a busy composition of faces in a crowd.


Happy, sad, angry or glad, will look at our facial features and expressions and make a busy composition of faces in a crowd.




Workshop: Floral embroidery

09 June 2018, 1.00pm

Inspired by the 'The lady and the unicorn' exhibition and the 'millefleurs’ style tapestries, textile artist and designer Margaret Daszkiewicz will teach how to embroider three dimensional roses.

You will be provided with a pattern, fabric, thread and embroidery hoop and instructions on how to do a French knot, bullion stitch, cast on stitch, stem stitch and fishbone stitch to create leaves. It’s an ideal workshop for anyone with basic experience in hand embroidery and would like to explore working with texture and dimension.

All materials provided.


Workshop: Relief printmaking

10 June 2018, 10.30am

Led by esteemed Printmaker Andrew Totman, the morning session of this printmaking workshop will show students how to carve a Lino block. later in the day, students will learn how to print the finished block by hand and with a press. Traditional black ink will be used for your first print, then a variety of colour inks will be introduced and well as Chine colle and printing on found objects.

All materials are provided. Bring a selection of simple line and tonal drawings to work from.
Please wear protective clothing (apron or old shirt) and closed shoes.


After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of 'Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2018', focusing on highlights in the Archibald plus selected key works in the Wynne and Sulman.

10.00am Meet for coffee in the members lounge (lower level 3)
10.30am Tour starts from the members lounge


Led by artist Siena White, this workshop will explore the fundamental techniques of life drawing and is aimed at developed observational skills.

You will draw directly from a life model, who will be semi-clothed and posed in dialogue with sculptures in the Gallery.

All materials provided.




The French decorative arts

15 June 2018, 10.30am

From Versailles to the Belle Époque

This series of 3 lectures presented by Anne Harbers will look at the Decorative Arts and style of France, emerging from the medieval era of the 'Lady & the Unicorn' Tapestries, through the 7th and 18th century style of Versailles to the neoclassic styles of the Directoire and Empire to the Impressionist era of Art Nouveau during the Belle Epoque.

We will consider textiles, including gobelins, silks, and indiennes, porcelains including Saint-Cloud, Chantilly, Vincennes, Sèvres and Limoges, crystal such as Baccarat, silver from the designs of silversmith Thomas Germain including the Portuguese Royal Service, furniture and design.

7 June – the Luxe of Versailles and Paris: from King Louise XIV to King Louis XVI
14 June – Josephine Bonaparte: the style-maker of Napoleon I and the Empire era
21 June – Art nouveau from Paris to Provence


From King Louise XIV to King Louis XVI


Workshop: Floral crochet

16 June 2018, 1.00pm

Inspired by the The lady and the Unicorn exhibition and the 'millefleurs’ style tapestries, textile artist and designer Margaret Daszkiewicz will teach how to crochet a floral bouquet.

You will be provided with a pattern, wool and instructions on how to crochet different style flowers, leaves and the stem. It’s an ideal workshop for anyone who has done some crochet in the past and is familiar with crochet abbreviations and different stitches.

Please bring your own crochet hooks, preferable size 2.5-3.0.


Join Catherine Hickson as she re-tunes your vital senses and responses though observation and analysis of objects and works of art. In this workshop, we will focus on awakening your observational skills. Looking at and discussing popular works in the collection, Catherine will open avenues of enquiring, leading to a fun drawing activity inspired by the works.

All materials provided.


Kids workshop: Magical Unicorn

17 June 2018, 1.30pm

For children aged 8+

Be inspired by the magic of the exhibition 'Lady and the Unicorn'. The mythical unicorn is famous throughout history for its beauty and magical powers. In this workshop, textiles artist Trixi Symonds will teach you some fun sewing techniques to hand-sew a soft unicorn sculpture. You will add your own personal touches to make it truly unique.

All materials provided.

This workshop is for children 8 years or older.




Gallery Express 2018 - June tour

20 June 2018, 10.00am

Bus leaves at 10.00am, please allow time for early arrival
Includes tea & coffee
*Note - there may be some walking & climbing stairs at various venues




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.



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.


Resonate 2018 - 4. Alexander Boyd

24 June 2018, 6.30pm

London-based Australian pianist Alexander Boyd returns to Resonate with a recital of piano greats, including Beethoven’s beautifully lyrical Sonata no.30 Op.109. Intended as ‘picture pieces… musical evocations of external visual stimuli’, Alexander will also perform a selection of Rachmaninov’s Etudes-Tableaux; and to commemorate the centenary of the death of Debussy, a selection from the poetic and mesmerising 24 Préludes. A very special concert of pianistic pleasure.

This event will be held in the Grand courts.

Proudly sponsored by AxiCorp Financial Services


Inspired by the 'The lady and the unicorn' exhibition, we will design our own composition using motifs found in the tapestries on display. A myriad of animals fruits and flowers can be found in these intricate and delicate tapestries. Sketch out your magical story then paint it with watercolours.





Art essentials 2018 - Pastel

30 June 2018, 10.30am

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.


In this workshop, seasoned traveller and artist Sheila Posner will introduce you to the concept of the travel sketchbook as a fun and spontaneous way of recording images and experiences.

Starting with a theme of interiors, you will experiment with water-based pens and watercolour, using line, wash and words to enhance your drawings.

Sheila will show examples of her sketchbooks then demonstrate the use of materials before you embark on your own sketchbook pages.

Bring a watercolour sketchbook (A5 or smaller is ideal). All other materials and references provided.


In this workshop, seasoned traveller and artist Sheila Posner will introduce you to the concept of the travel sketchbook as a fun and spontaneous way of recording images and experiences.

Starting with a theme of interiors, you will experiment with water-based pens and watercolour, using line, wash and words to enhance your drawings.

Sheila will show examples of her sketchbooks then demonstrate the use of materials before you embark on your own sketchbook pages.

Bring a watercolour sketchbook (A5 or smaller is ideal). All other materials and references provided.




Twist and turn, manipulate and mould, have fun this month making a sculpture using wire. Inspiration from the Gallery’s collection will guide you to making a truly individual artwork.


Twist and turn, manipulate and mould, have fun this month making a sculpture using wire. Inspiration from the Gallery’s collection will guide you to making a truly individual artwork.


We’ll transform a row of bottles into an amazing colourful abstract design, using shades of green and a splash of red.


We’ll transform a row of bottles into an amazing colourful abstract design, using shades of green and a splash of red.


We’ll transform a row of bottles into an amazing colourful abstract design, using shades of green and a splash of red.


Twist and turn, manipulate and mould, have fun this month making a sculpture using wire. Inspiration from the Gallery’s collection will guide you to making a truly individual artwork.


Twist and turn, manipulate and mould, have fun this month making a sculpture using wire. Inspiration from the Gallery’s collection will guide you to making a truly individual artwork


Twist and turn, manipulate and mould, have fun this month making a sculpture using wire. Inspiration from the Gallery’s collection will guide you to making a truly individual artwork.


We’ll transform a row of bottles into an amazing colourful abstract design, using shades of green and a splash of red.


We’ll transform a row of bottles into an amazing colourful abstract design, using shades of green and a splash of red.


We’ll transform a row of bottles into an amazing colourful abstract design, using shades of green and a splash of red.


Gallery Express 2018 - July tour

18 July 2018, 10.00am

Bus leaves at 10.00am, please allow time for early arrival
Includes tea & coffee
*Note - there may be some walking & climbing stairs at various venues


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.


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.




Art essentials 2018 - Try your hand

28 July 2018, 10.30am

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.


Two of Australia’s best-loved performers Simon Tedeschi and John Bell team up for this journey into the lives and art of two of the Romantic era’s most famous sons, John Keats and Franz Schubert. Interspersed between timeless works by Schubert – Die Winterreise, Ave Maria and many others, John Bell will recite the poetry of Keats – Bright Star, Ode to a Nightingale and La Belle Dame Sans Merci – each of the performers giving their thoughts on the brilliance, popularity and emotional intensity of the words and music of these two artistic giants.

This event will be held in the Entrance court.

Proudly sponsored by AxiCorp Financial Services


Teenage Art Club: July

29 July 2018, 10.30am




Looking at works in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection, we will weave a bowl using feather twine and wool. Enjoy the tactile quality of these materials and explore the different types of patterns you can create.


Looking at works in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection, we will weave a bowl using feather twine and wool. Enjoy the tactile quality of these materials and explore the different types of patterns you can create.


Let’s make a futuristic sculpture, it could be a robot or, a spaceship to take us to the moon. Use your imagination and creative skills to make a fun sculpture out of paper and cardboard.


Let’s make a futuristic sculpture, it could be a robot or, a spaceship to take us to the moon. Use your imagination and creative skills to make a fun sculpture out of paper and cardboard.


Let’s make a futuristic sculpture, it could be a robot or, a spaceship to take us to the moon. Use your imagination and creative skills to make a fun sculpture out of paper and cardboard


Looking at works in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection, we will weave a bowl using feather twine and wool. Enjoy the tactile quality of these materials and explore the different types of patterns you can create.


Looking at works in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection, we will weave a bowl using feather twine and wool. Enjoy the tactile quality of these materials and explore the different types of patterns you can create.


Looking at works in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection, we will weave a bowl using feather twine and wool. Enjoy the tactile quality of these materials and explore the different types of patterns you can create


Let’s make a futuristic sculpture, it could be a robot or, a spaceship to take us to the moon. Use your imagination and creative skills to make a fun sculpture out of paper and cardboard.


Let’s make a futuristic sculpture, it could be a robot or, a spaceship to take us to the moon. Use your imagination and creative skills to make a fun sculpture out of paper and cardboard.


Let’s make a futuristic sculpture, it could be a robot or, a spaceship to take us to the moon. Use your imagination and creative skills to make a fun sculpture out of paper and cardboard.




Gallery Express 2018 - August tour

15 August 2018, 10.00am

Bus leaves at 10.00am, please allow time for early arrival
Includes tea & coffee
*Note - there may be some walking & climbing stairs at various venues






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


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.


Funky felting workshop - August

19 August 2018, 10.30am

With Denise Lithgow

Design and create a unique sculptural vessel using pure merino wool in this inspiring one-day creative workshop.

Textile artist Denise Lithgow will guide you through the process of making and moulding felt into innovative forms and shapes. You’ll learn how to form shapes and translate these into three-dimensional non-functional vessels. You’ll have the opportunity to explore works from the Gallery’s collection, or you can bring your own photos for inspiration.

Suitable for beginners to experienced felters. No drawing skills required.




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.


Teenage Art Club: August

26 August 2018, 10.30am




With insects as our subject matter, we will create a detailed and delicate drypoint etching


With insects as our subject matter, we will create a detailed and delicate drypoint etching


We will look at paintings with houses and buildings and then make a cozy and sleepy night-time city scape


We will look at paintings with houses and buildings and then make a cozy and sleepy night-time city scape


We will look at paintings with houses and buildings and then make a cozy and sleepy night-time city scape


With insects as our subject matter, we will create a detailed and delicate drypoint etching


With insects as our subject matter, we will create a detailed and delicate drypoint etching


With insects as our subject matter, we will create a detailed and delicate drypoint etching


We will look at paintings with houses and buildings and then make a cozy and sleepy night-time city scape



We will look at paintings with houses and buildings and then make a cozy and sleepy night-time city scape






Why is light cast upon the sorrowful? Brahms’ Motet Op.74 opens with this question. And the answer unfolds during the rest of the program. Dwelling on emotions of sadness and longing, composers – particularly the so-called Romantics – have produced music that is at the same time movingly beautiful and uplifting. Between love songs by Monteverdi and Ravel’s luscious Chansons, the program includes Elgar’s ethereal choral arrangement of Nimrod (Enigma Variations) and Barber’s haunting vocal version of the Adagio for Strings. Founded in 2007 by organ virtuoso, Douglas Lawrence, the Australian Chamber Choir has toured in Australia and internationally to great acclaim.

This event will be held in the Grand courts.

Proudly sponsored by AxiCorp Financial Services


Gallery Express 2018 - September tour

19 September 2018, 10.00am

Bus leaves at 10.00am, please allow time for early arrival
Includes tea & coffee
*Note - there may be some walking & climbing stairs at various venues




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.


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.


Teenage Art Club: September

23 September 2018, 10.30am




Art essentials 2018 - Watercolour I

29 September 2018, 10.30am

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


Resonate 2018 - 7. Emma Matthews

05 October 2018, 6.30pm

Australia’s pre-eminent soprano, Emma Matthews, accompanied by Kate Johnson, concludes the Resonate year with a sparkling concert of operatic jewels – with a touch of musical comedy thrown in! Featuring a stunning program by the masters of vocal writing, Emma will perform arias and art-songs by Faure, Schubert, Gounod, Bellini, Puccini, Strauss and many others, showcasing the versatility and beauty of her voice for which she is justly acclaimed. The perfect finale to our musical year.

This event will be held in the Grand courts.

Proudly sponsored by AxiCorp Financial Services


Let’s make a fun and meaningful self portraits with our pet or favourite animal, using ink and watercolour.


Let’s make a fun and meaningful self portraits with our pet or favourite animal, using ink and watercolour.


Let’s look at insects and small creatures and see how many we can draw on our page, using collage and pencils


Let’s look at insects and small creatures and see how many we can draw on our page, using collage and pencils


Let’s look at insects and small creatures and see how many we can draw on our page, using collage and pencils


Let’s make a fun and meaningful self portraits with our pet or favourite animal, using ink and watercolour.


Let’s make a fun and meaningful self portraits with our pet or favourite animal, using ink and watercolour.


Let’s make a fun and meaningful self portraits with our pet or favourite animal, using ink and watercolour.


Let’s look at insects and small creatures and see how many we can draw on our page, using collage and pencils


Let’s look at insects and small creatures and see how many we can draw on our page, using collage and pencils


Let’s look at insects and small creatures and see how many we can draw on our page, using collage and pencils


Gallery Express 2018 - October tour

17 October 2018, 10.00am

Bus leaves at 10.00am, please allow time for early arrival
Includes tea & coffee
*Note - there may be some walking & climbing stairs at various venues




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.


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.




Art essentials 2018 - Watercolour II

27 October 2018, 10.30am

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.


Teenage Art Club: October

28 October 2018, 10.30am




With fun toys as our subject matter, we’ll make a fun and colourful painting on linen canvas board


With fun toys as our subject matter, we’ll make a fun and colourful painting on linen canvas board


Food is fun to eat, and fun to draw. Let’s create a smorgasbord of our favourite foods using pencils and watercolours


Food is fun to eat, and fun to draw. Let’s create a smorgasbord of our favourite foods using pencils and watercolours


Food is fun to eat, and fun to draw. Let’s create a smorgasbord of our favourite foods using pencils and watercolours


With fun toys as our subject matter, we’ll make a fun and colourful painting on linen canvas board


With fun toys as our subject matter, we’ll make a fun and colourful painting on linen canvas board


With fun toys as our subject matter, we’ll make a fun and colourful painting on linen canvas board


Food is fun to eat, and fun to draw. Let’s create a smorgasbord of our favourite foods using pencils and watercolours


Food is fun to eat, and fun to draw. Let’s create a smorgasbord of our favourite foods using pencils and watercolours


Food is fun to eat, and fun to draw. Let’s create a smorgasbord of our favourite foods using pencils and watercolours






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.


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


Gallery Express 2018 - November tour

21 November 2018, 10.00am

Bus leaves at 10.00am, please allow time for early arrival
Includes tea & coffee
*Note - there may be some walking & climbing stairs at various venues


Art essentials 2018 - Ink

24 November 2018, 10.30am

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.


Gallery Express 2018 - December tour

05 December 2018, 10.00am

Bus leaves at 10.00am, please allow time for early arrival
Includes tea & coffee
*Note - there may be some walking & climbing stairs at various venues


Decorate a ceramic platter with an intricate and colour design. Ideal for the festive season.


Decorate a ceramic platter with an intricate and colour design. Ideal for the festive season.


Decorate a ceramic platter with an intricate and colour design. Ideal for the festive season.


Decorate a ceramic platter with an intricate and colour design. Ideal for the festive season.


Decorate a ceramic platter with an intricate and colour design. Ideal for the festive season.


Decorate a ceramic platter with an intricate and colour design. Ideal for the festive season.


Decorate a ceramic platter with an intricate and colour design. Ideal for the festive season.


Decorate a ceramic platter with an intricate and colour design. Ideal for the festive season


Decorate a ceramic platter with an intricate and colour design. Ideal for the festive season.


Decorate a ceramic platter with an intricate and colour design. Ideal for the festive season.


Decorate a ceramic platter with an intricate and colour design. Ideal for the festive season.