Travel Sketching in the Park
Saturday 6th April 2019, 10-3pm
Enrolments Now Open
Want to sketch when you travel? Not sure what to pack so it’s light and easy? Don’t know where or how to set up in a new place? Then this fun and challenging all day workshop is for you! Ochre Lawson, experienced artist and teacher known for sketching while hiking mountains and doing en plein air paintings in difficult places, will facilitate this workshop.
Students will meet in and spend the day at a number of different sites within easy walking distance, doing quick ink pen and watercolour drawings in a small travel journal. Subjects may include boats, parkland, streetscapes and things that take your fancy!
Ochre will demonstrate drawing and watercolour techniques, compositional devices, techniques in drawing perspective and proportion, how to create depth, how to draw trees, water, streetscapes, and how to find good subject matter in a shady spot.
Materials to bring:
A5 journal with mixed media paper suitable for watercolour
Felt tip ink pen number 5
Small travel watercolour set with inbuilt palette for mixing, brush
Bottle of water and small plastic water container with lid
A few pieces of kitchen paper
Hat, picnic lunch, maybe a cushion. No need to bring a stool as we will utilise park benches etc.
Everything should fit into a small backpack, light-weight and easy to carry around, as if you were walking around a city while travelling.
Where to meet: Location will be a park around the foreshore of Balmain which will be advised closer to the workshop date.
Cost – $120 per person (materials not included)
Introduction to Drawing and Painting in acrylics
Saturday 5th October 2019, 10am-3pm
ENROLMENTS NOW OPEN
This one day workshop is designed to give students a taste of painting and drawing. It will firstly cover some basic drawing fundamentals including how to sketch, measure and tone a composition ready for painting. The workshop will continue with how to mix tone and colour and apply it to a canvas. Various master artists will be referenced and a demonstration of techniques by the tutor. The artwork will be done from a still life.
All materials will be supplied, coffee, tea and biscuits. Students will need to bring their own lunch, old clothes and an apron.
Cost $160 per person (materials included)
Occasional Workshops are run 2-3 times a year in school holiday breaks and are a great way to hone your skills, spend uninterrupted time painting and meet and relax with like-minded people. All workshops are suitable for Beginners to Advanced painters. Ochre’s specialty is en plein air landscape painting and travel sketching workshops and the fundamentals of painting and drawing, in Sydney locations.
A one-day workshop usually costs around $140, whilst a two-day workshop may cost between $265 and $295, depending upon meal etc inclusions. Three-day workshops cost around $360. Partners are welcome and included in non-class activities at a small extra cost.
Please contact Ochre to discuss your ideas for a workshop and Ochre can design it for you.
Portable Painting/Artists workshops/ Corporate team building
Let Ochre know of any workshop subjects you would like to have covered in wither Painting and/or drawing; Colour Bootcamp; Portraiture; Landscape, Interiors, Still Life, Abstraction, Travel sketching in the park
For groups of up to 12 at your location or at our venue depending on availability:
One day 10-4pm $140/day/student, minimum 6 students
Three hour workshops $100/student, minimum 6 students (+materials + travel + expenses, if applicable).
Gift Certificates – Weddings, Parties, Anything
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PAST WORKSHOPS AND RETREATS
Summer in the Mountains – 3 Day Painting and Drawing workshop
Tuesday to Thursday 15-17 December, 2015 Blue Mountains
Above: Everglades House and Gardens, Leura – Image by George Suresh for Australian Traveller
We’ve organised some great venues for a fabulous experience painting and drawing across the mountains! Venues include Conservation Hut Wentworth Falls; Everglades House in Leura; Rhododenron Gardens, Blackheath; Dry Ridge Estate Vineyard and Megalong Tea Rooms, Megalong Valley; and more! Subjects will include statuary (life drawing); gardens and historic buildings; urban vistas, Vineyards and country views and animals – a great variety to suit any subject preferences! You’ll need your own materials and a portable easel (limited numbers available for loan – first in, best dressed).
Price: $360 includes tuition and entry to the venues, where applicable. Accommodation and all meals at own cost. Students will need their own transport.
Please note: some venues may be cancelled in poor weather, but the workshop will proceed.
Bali Retreat in Ubud – 7 days painting and drawing in Bali’s Culture capital – Sat 11th July to Sat 18th July 2015
There’ll be time to learn more about painting; interact with the local villagers; experience Bali’s culture; explore the area on bike, foot or by car; have small or group dinners at terrific local restaurants; or shop when you feel like it. The basics are covered… the advice is Australian local; the tuition is master class; the location and accommodation amongst the best in Bali; and the people you share with are just like you!
We figure we can decide as a group (according to the weather and local advice, or impromptu ceremonies, village visits etc) when to take tours and what you’d like to paint the next morning after each class. We’ll be staying in a fabulous Balinese style villa just 15 minutes from the cultural capital of Bali in Ubud, set right in the middle of rice paddies, where you can get away on your own or share with like minded people as you wish. The painting program includes daily tuition in and around the villas or at the sites of tours (as below or decided the night before). All additional events, transport, meals are at own cost to allow for those who want to indulge in all Bali has to offer. We can recommend spa treatments, good masseurs, haircuts, restaurants etc or come ready with your own research.
LOST – Leichhardt Open Studio Trail Saturday/Sunday14-15 March 10-4pm
Art Class Sydney will be included, for the first time, in this event held on the weekend of 13th and 14th March, 2015. This is part of the “Sydney Art Month” Events held across the city to promote interest and learning in the arts. Come along and see what a class is like, Join in or watch the students painting. Student and teacher artwork will be available to view and buy, and you can follow the Trail and see other artists’ studios in Leichhardt, Balmain, Birchgrove, Annandale and Glebe (Maps will be available at the Birchgrove class hall). Look for the LOST signs in these areas.
“Surprise” SpectrumNOW – one day Creativity and Abstraction workshop – Wednesday 18th March 10-4pm
A fun and challenging abstract workshop designed to ensure fast learning, early success, and to stimulate creativity and generate ideas for on-going work. Using observation of real objects, Gabrielle Jones (BFA, BA) will walk you through a number of fun exercises, extended thinking methods, tools & imagination games to develop your ability to make interesting abstract work; move your realistic paintings away from the predictable; or improve composition and subject ideas. Suitable for beginners to advanced students in painting or drawing, Gabrielle will support & encourage you to explore your creative limits amongst like-minded people – and even have you dancing with brush in hand! If you’re wanting to break out of your current painting rut, reach the next level in your art making, move from realism to abstraction, or simply wish to explore abstraction and their creativity, then this is the masterclass for you!
Numbers are strictly limited to 20.
Spectrum Now Master Class – Abstraction and Creativity in Art:
18 March 2015 10am-4pm
St John’s Church Hall, Birchgrove NSW
This workshop is offered at the special Spectrum Now Price of $95 (Usually minimum $120).
“So much to learn and explore! An encouraging and stimulating atmosphere”
Painting from the Model – 2 Day intensive workshop
Thu & Fri 10 & 11 July, Sydney
(Balmain Town Hall – Meeting Room)
This workshop is designed to introduce you to life painting, help you lose any fear of painting the figure or the face, and to enhance your artistic repertoire. Students will gain confidence in a variety of drawing and painting approaches suitable for oil and acrylic painters; understand the importance of tone and apply it to your work; learn one, three, and extended colour palettes for life and portrait painting; attempt expressive and realist painting styles; and discover a range of contemporary artists whose practices centre around the figure.
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3-day intensive workshop – 14-16 January 2014
Build your confidence and/or fill in the gaps of your learning so far: colour mixing, tone, brushwork, creative techniques
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“Doing this workshop has made me really happy”
Abstraction in the Landscape – Megalong Valley and Dryridge Estate Winery
2-day En Plein Air and in Studio painting workshop – 21-22 January 2014
Immersion in Landscape workshop introduces a variety of responses to the landscape with amazing views as a backdrop to develop more interesting paintings.
“The (workshop is) a really great motivation for “change”. It is surprised me how much more adventurous everyone became by Wednesday afternoon. Great fun!”
Wangi Wangi Art Society (Portable Workshop)
Colour, Abstraction and Creativity
11th July, 2013 At Wangi RSL
Fundamentals of Painting – Balmain
3-day intensive workshop – 22-24 January 2013
Creativity and Abstraction – Blue Mountains (Megalong Valley)
19 & 20 January 2013
Abstraction in the Landscape – Wentworth Falls
6 & 7 October 2012