Art Workshops

Learn the fundamentals of painting and drawing. This is a picture of a student at the recent painting fundamentals workshop.

Painting and Drawing Workshops

These one day workshops are designed to give students the fundamental skills of painting and drawing and are suitable for absolute beginners to students with some experience! For painters who have never learnt drawing, the drawing workshops are an excellent way to learn essential skills.

Drawing workshops will cover

  • drawing from observation
  • measuring proportion
  • how to see and draw tone, texture and line
  • Materials will include a variety of drawing media.

Painting workshops will cover

  • basics of composition
  • how to see tone and mix colour
  • how to start a painting and working in layers
  • details of materials and tools
  • Acrylic paints will be used

Various master artists will be referenced and professional artist and experienced tutor Ochre Lawson will demonstrate different techniques.

Special price for any student who has enrolled in a class or workshop this year – 5% off any workshop all materials included or providing your own materials. To get this discount you must contact Ochre and pay through direct transfer.

Next Workshop

Sunday 17th November, 10am-3pm

Painting fundamentals  – Landscape – 4 places available

In this fun and challenging one day workshop you will learn to paint a landscape from a photograph through

  • observing form and directional line
  • learning about composition
  • learning how to achieve depth
  • learning how to mix tone and colour
  • learning about materials and tools for painting

Cost – $160 All materials included (Annual returning students get 5% discount , $152) Providing own materials $130 ($123.50 returning students) (to be paid through Direct Transfer)

Venue – The Art Room, Suite 7.12 First Floor, Building 7, Precinct 75, Edith St, St Peters, NSW 2044

Free onsite parking

Places limited to 8 maximum

Sunday 1st December, 10am-3pm

Travel Sketching in the park – Landscape and Park features

Going travelling and want to know how to sketch out in the landscape? In these fun and challenging one day workshops you will learn useful skills in travel sketching using pencil and watercolour.

You will learn about:

  • observing shapes and light
  • what to take when sketching on your travels
  • composition in the landscape
  • how to achieve depth and proportion
  • how to mix basic watercolour and how to use it across pencil
  • materials and tools for sketching outside

Cost – $130 materials not included but may be purchased on request. (Annual returning students 5% discount $123.50)

Materials List:

  • A5 sketchbook suitable for a light wash
  • Lead pencil HB, 4b, rubber
  • Basic watercolour set, brush, small water jar

Venue – An inner suburb park which will be advised

Sunday 15th December, 10am-3pm

Painting workshop in the park – En Plein Air

Would you like to learn how to paint outside in nature? In this fun and challenging one day workshop you will learn useful skills in how to paint directly from life outside in the park. This workshop is for students who have had some experience in painting.

You will learn about:

Ochre Lawson painting En Plein Air
  • observing shapes and light
  • composition in the landscape
  • how to achieve depth and proportion
  • how to mix basic tones and colours in the landscape
  • materials and tools for painting outside

Cost – $130, materials not included but may be purchased on request. (Annual returning students 5% discount $123.50)

Materials List:

  • A small sketch book for doing initial compositional sketches, willow charcoal/pencil
  • Basic paint set – Warm/cool yellow, red, blue; Titanium White, Raw Umber
  • Small palette, jar for water or oil medium if using oil paints, 3 brushes in varying sizes, rag
  • One Canvas 12 x 16″
  • Portable outdoor easel ( I have 4 available to lend)

Venue – An inner suburb park which will be advised

Portable Painting/ Artists workshops/ Corporate team building

Let us know of any workshop subjects you would like to have covered  in either Painting and/or drawing; Colour Bootcamp;  Portraiture; Landscape, Interiors, Still Life, Abstraction, Travel sketching in the park

For groups at your location or at our venue depending on availability. Organisation one month in advance is preferable for the proper preparation/ venue booking.

One day 10-3pm $160/day/student, minimum 6 students ( Including all materials, tea/coffee/biscuits, source materials, experienced tutor. Travel and expenses/accomodation are extra if applicable).

Three hour workshops $80/student, minimum 6 students ( Including all materials, tea/coffee/biscuits, source materials, experienced tutor. Travel and expenses/accomodation are extra if applicable).

Gift Certificates – Weddings, Parties, Anything

We have Gift Certificates to send to you or direct to the lucky recipients. Contact us to find out more.

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

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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.

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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”

Katie, Birchgrove

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
Cost: $350
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“Doing this workshop has made me really happy”

Ness, Balmain

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.
Cost: $265

“The (workshop is) a really great motivation for “change”. It is surprised me how much more adventurous everyone became by Wednesday afternoon. Great fun!”

Lyn, Oatley

Wangi Wangi Art Society (Portable Workshop)

Colour, Abstraction and Creativity
11th July, 2013 At Wangi RSL
Membership Only

Fundamentals of Painting – Balmain

3-day intensive workshop – 22-24 January 2013
Cost: $350

Creativity and Abstraction – Blue Mountains (Megalong Valley)

19 & 20 January 2013
Cost: $250

Abstraction in the Landscape – Wentworth Falls

6 & 7 October 2012
Cost: $250