Past Tutorials

Harry demonstrated using oils and using a subject he set up. He helped those using water colour individually going around the class.  Excellent results were achieved by all.

20th July 2019 Harry Westera Still Life in Oils

Harry’s demo
Linnea’s Oil painting
Bernadette’s interpretation of 2nd subject

15 June 2019 Penny Gilbert-Ng Pastels Portraits

Lismore Art Club group at Penny’s pastel workshop
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Penny’s demonstration using Bob Hassall as the subject was amazing.
18th May 2019 Margaret Kirman. Chroma Acrylic Paints and Mediums

Margaret, a Chroma representative and artist, demonstrated the use of  these materials.


16 March 2019 Rene Bolten Still Life

We selected a subject Rene had set up, the drew and painted it, taking account of mood & tone.


16 February 2019 Michelle Dawson Book Illustration

We created paintings lllustrating a fable about a Crow & Fox.  Each painting, of the same size, continued the story, images & colours, leaving space for the words.  Quite a challenge, requiring draft sketches for each composition.

1st December Quarterly Meeting and Christmas Party

Lengthy and light hearted discussion at the meeting covered the next Annual Exhibition and much more.  Decisions about most 2016 tutorials were made – see Tutorials / Events.  After our fun party we constructed a Christmas Tree for the school students.

A Happy Group

17th Nov 2018 Jasmine O’Shea Watercolor Tutorial.

Washes and exersizes with simple detail were painted, then landscapes more about getting relaxed with water colour.








20th Oct 2018 Christine Reed Acrylic Landscapes

Christine uses acrylics and bigger brushes.  We all came with photos & sketches for landscape ideas.  Christine is a member of the Lennox Art Collective

15th September  June King  Floral Portraits  in Watercolour

Getting pleasing floral portraits was achieved by all artist thanks to the experienced tuition June provided.  An instructive workshop on how to achieve the subtle tonal graduations on petals and leaves.  Wonderful to have visitors from the Casino Art Group attend

21st July Margaret E Brown – Pastel Portraits

We looked at proportions and angles of faces.  Time was spent charcoal sketching all the many variations.  Margaret then got us to draw our example of a face and helped  us. She stressed we paid attention to tonal aspects of the face.  The interesting and most valuable time spent on proportions and tone left little time for colour and pastel use but that was not a problem as we all learnt valuable lessons for portraits.


16th June 2018 Plein Air Day at Lismore Botanical Gardens

A beautiful sunny day to be outside and paint. All of us chose different locations & subjects. 

A good representation

Janet getting tones correct in charcoal










19th May – Harry Westera Water Colour Landscapes

Another wonderful day with Harry as the tutor.  He just teaches and inspires all.

 21st April – Rene Bolten Still Life

Rene discussed the concept of still life after a commendable effort on his part setting up many different subjects to paint.  Resulting works by all eleven members were excellent.  We all learnt a great deal and enjoyed the day

Potatoes Still Life Set Up


Working on it. Rene 2nd from left

Margaret gave detailed advice on materials, techniques and interesting tips on the use of pastels from her extensive experience.  It was challenging but very informative event.  All members who attended did pastel works of their choice with Margaret giving helpful advice.  Her talent using pastels as the example below from her archived works shows.


17th February 2018 Tim Roberts Botanicals

Tim’s enthusiasm for native plants was palpable and his knowledge of nature extensive, showing us the hidden details via a microscope. His background in once working for Hanna Barbara continuing to drawing then paint on acetate cute. All 11 of us got down to botanic art work of samples we brought. A very enjoyable and satisfying day.




18 November 2017 Palette Knife Painting

Janet Hassall demonstrated the use of a palette knife, see Clown below before it was finished . She showed us some examples of her work to inspire us. We tried portraits and landscapes in acrylics.  Lots of fun experimenting with palette knives.

Abstract Landscape Kay Knight 21 October 2017

All eleven of us imagined in abstract links with nature  & landscape and painted.  Many and varied results were colourfully achieved.  Kay painted too in her abstract image.

Maryanne Shea 16th September

Maryanne spoke of the way she approaches her landscapes with her plein air drawing first, a color studies follow before a completed work.

Maryanne then showed us some of her Landscape studies. After which we executed our own landscapes.


20 May 2017 Tones with Margaret Brown 

Margaret expertly explained the importance of tone.  It can create the illusion of distance, form, texture, light and mood.  Tone is commonly not given enough importance when painting.  Colour mixing was also demonstrated by Margaret using the 3 base colours.

Water Colour with Harry Westera 29 April 2017

Harry helped us with water color portraits and figures.  He demonstrated with Neutral Tone paint, a 3/4 lighting view of a head. Then a portrait of Grace, using color. Lastly the biker to show how to paint a full figure. See below 

 Harry Westera  Drawing Techniques 18 March 2017

Harry began drawing quick sketches as shown in the photo below and continued demonstrating drawing techniques.

Free Day 18 February 2017

Visitors and members looked at drawings and paintings done at home in January and earlier. Each was examined in a relaxed inquisitive atmosphere. An excellent instructive DVD was watched and inspired all. During the day 7 newcomers and 8 members painted their own work and got ideas from others.  A successful and enjoyable day.