Weekend Art Workshops and January Summer School

Art Class Sydney hosts a regular timetable of Sunday Workshops in Painting, Drawing and Watercolour throughout the year for absolute beginners to more advanced students. The Sunday workshops are aimed at students who are keen to explore art with a one day taster class or students who are unable to commit to a full 8 week term. The workshops have a maximum of 12 students which ensures students get quality time with the tutor.

Owner and main tutor Ochre Lawson is a professional artist and experienced tutor of up to 20 years having trained at the prestigious National Art School and has her Certificate 1V in training and assessing adults. Ochre is a clear communicator with a structured program taking students step by step through theory and concepts of making art.

The Sunday workshops are conducted in a natural light-filled room in the Back Hall at the Annandale Community Centre on Johnston St Annandale. This room has disabled access, street parking and access to public transport.

January Summer School 2025

The January summer school runs annually in the third week of January. There is a 3 day Intensive for absolute beginners to more experienced and a 2 day Intensive in Expressive and abstract painting for those with some experience to more advanced. These workshops are held in the St Johns Church Hall in Birchgrove, which is a large wooden light filled hall with plenty of free parking close by. More details below.

I’ve learned so much from Ochre – not just about the mechanics of painting but also how to look at pictures and see things differently which is still a skill that I’m working on, it’s a practice. Classes with Ochre are fun and accessible and I find it inspiring and a privilege that I am learning from an artist that I admire.

Cluny, Northern Suburbs

Current Workshops

Introduction to Watercolour with Landscape

6 Places available

Date and Time

Sunday July 14, 2024

10am - 3.30pm

Venue

Annandale Community Centre - Back Hall

Cost

$190 (materials excluded) $217 (materials included) both inclusive of gst and stripe fee

Enrol

Overview

In this fun and informative one day workshop students will learn the fundamentals of using watercolour and pencil to paint the landscape. Painting with watercolour is a challenging yet wonderful way to render the landscape being light weight and water based. Professional landscape artist and experienced tutor of over 15 years Ochre Lawson , will facilitate the workshop with demonstrations of different watercolour techniques using both pencil and watercolour. Ochre uses watercolour and pencil in her own art when she is getting her source material for solo exhibitions. She will also talk about different master artists and how they interpreted the landscape with watercolour.

Things you will learn

  • How to divide space in the landscape 
  • Basics of landscape composition
  • Perspective and proportion in the landscape
  • How to use limited watercolour
  • Different watercolour techniques and brushwork
  • About Chroma, Hue and Tonal effects 
  • About Master watercolour artists 

Materials List:

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Introduction to Watercolour – Material list 

  • A4 watercolour paper 3 to 4 sheets and practice paper (180 gsm minimum)
  • Lead pencil – 2B, rubber
  • Watercolour set  – either tubes or pans 
  • Pigments required – Burnt Sienna, Prussian Blue, Cadmium Yellow Deep (hue), Viridian Green, Alizarin Crimson
  • Mixing palette – this could be a ceramic plate or a palette with wells
  • Watercolour brushes – please bring soft rounded watercolour brushes a size 10 or 12 and a larger one for washes.
  • kitchen paper for blotting
  • masking tape for taping down onto board (backing boards are provided)
  • Apron 
  • Source material – if you wish to bring your own landscape photo to work from please bring it on an a4 print out or on a tablet – please don’t use your phone. Make sure you have good tonal quality and a foreground, mid-ground and background composition.

Equipment List:

Facilities provided by Art Class Sydney

  • Source material if required – ie photos to work from but you are welcome to bring your own
  • Desks
  • backing boards
  • tea/coffee, milk, mugs, microwave, fridge
  • toilets
  • Free street parking
  • Disabled access

Introduction to Expressive Painting Still Life with Flowers Workshop

Places available

Date and Time

Sunday August 11, 2024

10am-3.30pm

Venue

Annandale Community Centre, Back Hall, 79 Johnston St, Annandale

Cost

$190 (materials excluded) or $217 (including materials) GST and Stripe fee inclusive

Enrol

Overview

In this fun and challenging one day workshop students will learn the fundamentals of painting in an expressive style with a still life of flowers as subject matter. Looser brush marks and colour theory will be explored to create a painting by the end of the day. Students may use either acrylic or oil paint. Master artists will be referenced and experienced tutor Ochre Lawson will demonstrate different painting and drawing techniques. Ochre is a professional artist of more than 15 years working in an abstract expressionist style. Her approach to expressive painting is observational but loose. Ochre’s approach to teaching is structured with demonstrations of techniques, showing images of different artists work and step-by-step instructions .

You will learn about:

  • how to draw and paint from observation
  • how to measure basic proportions
  • how to see and paint tone
  • how to mix a colourist and limited colour palette 
  • How to use a variety of brush marks
  • About historical and contemporary artists
  • How to set up a painting palette, basic colours, brushes and materials

Materials List:

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Unless you have paid for art materials they are not included in the workshop fee. Students will need to bring the following items: 

  • Canvas support, canvas paper or Board to paint on, minimum 14” x 18″ for the workshop. This may be cheap canvas from a $2 shop.
  • An A4 art journal or paper, willow charcoal/pencil and rubber for sketching out ideas
  • A selection of 3-4 filbert brushes small, medium and large size. A large glue brush for painting a ground is also useful.
  • A rectangle plastic or wooden palette (no smaller than A3 size), do not bring pallets with wells, these are for watercolour. If you dont have a palette just bring an old big plate.
  • Rags, Apron
  • Paints: Students may use Oils or acrylics depending on
    preference.
    For a beginners class we will use:
  • Cadmium yellow (hue) or a primary yellow
  • Cadmium (Hue) or Vermillion red or a warm red, primary red
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Titanium White;
  • Please buy ‘student quality’, not kids paints (Matisse Derivan Acrylics or Art Spectrum oils are good, reasonably priced brands). Cheap paints are a waste of money!

If using Oil Paints: 

You will need odourless solvent for cleanup and mixing mediums. We recommend ‘Gamsol’ by Gamblin. This is the least toxic solvent on the market and the same price as other odourless solvents. Solvents MUST be odourless. Oil painting solvents and mediums must not be tipped down the sinks. You will need to bring 2 small jars with lids to take away spent solvents/mediums. Spent solvents/ mediums must be taken with you. Your tutor will give you information on reusing and disposing of spent solvents and mediums. You need to clean oil brushes at home. If you want to save paint bring some glad wrap to put over your pallet. 

Equipment List:

Facilities provided by Art Class Sydney

  • Easels and backing boards
  • Tables, drop sheets
  • water containers for acrylic paint
  • bulldog clips
  • Still life set up
  • Kitchen facilities with fridge, microwave, coffee/tea, milk, mugs
  • Toilets
  • Disabled access
  • Street parking

Introduction to Abstract Painting Workshop

Places available

Date and Time

Sunday September 22, 2024

10am - 3.30pm

Venue

Annandale Community Centre - Back Hall

Cost

$190 inc (materials excluded) or $217 (materials included) gst and stripe fee included

Enrol

Overview

This one day workshop for adults will guide students through basic concepts of abstract art using a still life as subject matter. Experienced tutor and professional painter of over 15 years, Ochre Lawson, will lead students through a series of abstraction exercises based on master artists to help you understand abstract compositional ideas and basic colour theory. Students will start by using willow charcoal and chalk pastel to do a series of works. These ideas will then be transferred to a canvas to continue the concepts on a larger scale exploring different brushstrokes and painterly application.

You will learn:

  • Skills in observation and simplification of form 
  • How to see line and form and break up space
  • Compositional ideas around weight of shapes
  • How to create a sense of depth in abstraction
  • Basic colour theory
  • About different brush strokes and applications of paint
  • About different abstract artists and their approach

Materials List:

Introduction to Abstraction Material List – Art Class Sydney

Unless you have paid for art materials they are not included in the workshop fee. Students will need to bring the following items:

  • One Canvas, canvas paper or wooden board to paint on, minimum 14” x 18″ for the workshop. This may be cheap canvas from a $2 shop.
  • 5 times A4  cartridge paper (210gsm), willow charcoal/pencil and rubber for sketching out ideas
  • one colour chalk pastel plus white
  • A selection of 3-4 filbert brushes small, medium and large size. A large glue brush for painting a ground is also useful.
  • A rectangle plastic or wooden palette (no smaller than A3 size)

Rags, Apron

Paints: Students may use Oils or acrylics depending on
preference.

  • Cadmium yellow (hue) or a mid yellow
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cadmium red (hue) or a warm red
  • Titanium White;
  • Burnt Umber
  • Please buy ‘student quality’ paints from a decent brand (Matisse Derivan Acrylics or Art Spectrum paints are good, reasonably priced brands). Cheap paints are a waste of money! At least buy a good quality white.

If using Oil Paints:

You will need odourless solvent for cleanup and mixing mediums. We recommend ‘Gamsol’ by Gamblin. This is the least toxic solvent on the market and the same price as other odourless solvents. Solvents MUST be odourless. Oil painting solvents and mediums must not be tipped down the sinks. You will need to bring 2 small jars with lids to take away spent solvents/mediums. Spent solvents/ mediums must be taken with you. Your tutor will give you information on reusing and disposing of spent solvents and mediums. You need to clean oil brushes at home. If you want to save paint bring some glad wrap to put over your pallet. Latex gloves are recommended.

Equipment List:

Equipment List:

Facilities provided by Art Class Sydney

  • Desks
  • Easels
  • tea/coffee, milk, mugs, microwave, fridge
  • toilets
  • Free street parking
  • Disabled access

Enrolment Terms and Conditions

If the hall is forced to close due to restrictions being put back in place students must be prepared to do the class via zoom. There will be no refunds due to hall closure.

All term classes must be taken within the term paid for. 

Fees are non-refundable, unless negotiated for an extended illness.

You may make up missed classes by attending other classes within the same term (Subject to available places in the class)You may also use credit toward a workshop within one month of the term finishing – only up to 2 missed classes may be used in credit. This is also subject to availability within a week of the workshop. Credit per class missed is as follows – Wednesday morning – $50, Wednesday evening – $30, Thursday morning – $40

If you choose to withdraw from a course or workshop up to 7 days before its commencement, you will be charged a $25 administration fee. You may transfer the remaining value (class fee paid less administration fee) to another class or student, to be used within 12 months of the date payment was received. You will not receive a refund for the course or workshop fee paid.

If you choose to withdraw from a course or workshop within 7 days of its commencement, you will be charged 50% of the class fee. You may transfer the remaining value (50% of the class fee) to another class or student, to be used within 12 months of the date payment was received. You will not receive a refund for the class fee paid.

NO refunds transfers or credits if you withdraw or cancel on the day of the course or workshop.
NO refunds transfers or credits once the class has commenced.

If you have enrolled in a one day weekend workshop that you cannot attend, you may transfer your enrolment to someone else. Please let us know prior to the workshop.

If you are enrolled in a term course and if for any reason you are unable to attend a class during the term, you cannot give your place for the missed week/s to someone else. 

Art Class Sydney strive to run every class advertised, however, very rarely, classes may be cancelled due to low numbers. Students will be reimbursed the full fee or they may be credited toward another class if you prefer.