Monthly meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month, except January, at which visiting, well-known artists give demonstrations. Members and visitors are welcome to these demonstrations, for a small entry fee of $4 members, $6 non-members. They are held at Castle Glen Community Centre, 157 Ridgecrop Drive, Castle Hill ( at the rear of the carpark at Knightsbridge shopping centre).
Wednesday 7th February 7.30pm
Marian Blakeney-McMahon - Print making
Marian, our new teacher, will be showing us some print making techniques and mixed media as an avenue for exploration. These techniques incorporate lots of options for experimentation and drawing back into the work. She will focus on mono prints with a small printing press and will bring examples to show what can be achieved.
Marian’s art practice has evolved over 30 years and works at the interface of art and technology. She finds inspiration by connecting with her local environment and her art practice is an exploration of that together with ever changing social conditions.
She is an advocate for the power of visual language and has worked as an Art Therapy Teacher with Youth Groups and individuals with disabilities. Over the last 10 years she has taught the elderly in retirement villages.
Marian has been involved in community arts based projects and has sold her works locally and internationally. She was selected to represent Australia in the “Kangaroo Visit to Rome” travelling exhibition in 2015.
Her classes on Thursdays, are open to expressions of interest.
Wednesday 7th March 7.30pm
Sue Jokinen - Yupo paper
Sue is passionate about vibrant French Inks (i.e. water based acrylics) and Yupo paper, and produces the most amazing results. No need for drawing talent – let the Inks do the work! Sue works in layers letting one dry before adding the next to the painting.
Wednesday 4th April 7.30pm
Pigment Lab - An introduction to new brands of paints
Pigment Lab will be demonstrating the latest in watercolour, acrylic and oil paints that have just hit the market, some of which are not available elsewhere in Australia. They sell high quality paints that are often not as expensive as other well-known brands, along with a full range of artists’ needs.
Pigment Lab Demonstration : Look at the differing qualities of colour in paint across brands available in Australia.
Explain the characteristics of pigments and show how single pigment paint colours mix differently from dual & multiple pigment paint colours.
How to read paint labels & identify the pigments used to ensure the correct purchase.
Colour mixing exercises with watercolours & acrylics in which everyone participates
· Greys without black & white
· Using alternatives colours to titanium white for colour mixing
We’ll use a variety of watercolours, gouaches & acrylics in brands Da Vinci (USA), Wallace Seymour(UK) & Acrylicos Vallejo (Spain)
Wednesday 2nd May 7.30pm
Charcoal and Ink Portraits of Animals and Birds - by Jeanette Star
Jeanette loves to work in various mediums, particularly charcoal and ink and prefers painting in oils. Her subjects are mostly animals, birds and people, but especially horses. She will demonstrate drawing in charcoal and ink using different techniques.
Wednesday 6th June 7.30pm
Desley Stewart - Landscape in Pastel
Wednesday 1st August 7.30pm
Wayne Harrison - Airbrushing – Fine Art Wayne Harrison “Airbrushing – Fine Art”
Wayne has been airbrushing over 35 years and his artworks have won awards in both USA and Australia. He says airbrushing is something everyone can learn to do - learn how to use the Airbrush, maintain it and do your own special effects and “trade” tricks. You’ll then be able to produce your very own artwork .. can’t wait!!
Wednesday 5th September 7.30pm
Paul McCarthy - Acrylics - Bashing with a Brush
Watch a frantic demo of chaos in action. Sure to be a lively splash of colour brought into order.
Paul has been painting and selling his work for over 30 years and has had numerous solo and joint exhibitions, including a joint exhibition in Soho New York in 2001. He is a sought after prize winning tutor who encourages individuality as well as developing design composition and colour skills.
Wednesday 3rd October 7.30pm
Greg Hansell - Pastel - Traditional Realism
Greg will share with us how he gets his inspiration for a painting, then we will see him commence painting, explaining his choice of colours and techniques. Greg will be happy to answer questions as he paints on how he achieves his wonderful effects.
Wednesday 7th November 7.30pm
Kristine Ballard - Colour and Semi Abstraction
Kristine specialises in semi-abstract still life and landscape paintings. She often starts sketching with watercolour then uses either oil or acrylic paints to complete the painting, depending on her surroundings and how indulgent she wants to be with colour.