Past Tutorials

Saturday 15th May Rene Bolten Still life

Rene set up 4 different Still Life settings enclosed in cardboard sides & top except the front. He requested we loosely sketched a chosen settings and approached it with fluidity. At morning break he showed us slides of some of his impressive paintings of simple inspirational still life fruit, flowers and a teacup & saucer, mostly in oils. We then continued with our paintings and later with a light within the setting was used to enhance tone and shadows. A most enjoyable day and experience with fluidity.

Saturday April 17th Hobie Porter Colour and Tonal Mixing for Landscapes

Hobie demonstrated some of his techniques & his special method of colour mixing which gives his work such unique individual appeal.   His method of colour mixing in oil on a palette creating 9 grey colours, and the tone of each, was watched intently. So much was learnt from it. Any colour or medium can be used. We watched Hobie painting a coastal scene applying a very careful technique of color and tone to match a photoshop image on his laptop plus his painting subject. After lunch we painted our own landscape scenes trying to apply the same colour mixing and tonal techniques he had taught us. He uses a limited palette of titanium white, cadmium yellow deep, cadmium yellow light, cadmium red light, quinacriddone magnenta, burnt umber, ultramarine blue, pthalo blue, pthalo green.

20th March 2020 Harry Westera Free Flowing Watercolour

20th February 2020 Kay’s Acrylic Pouring

21st November 2020 Christine Read Still Life Flowers in Acrylic

A record of plein art on travels or during daily events is good practice and a lovely diary. You can remember particular scenes and the memory of where you painted can be imprinted in your brain. Christine explained she uses this diary to recall situations where she painted or sketched. We were all encouraged to keep an art diary.

Christine demonstrated Contemporary Style of still life of flowers in a teapot using acrylics .

17th September 2020 Harry Westera Simplicity & Tone

Harry demonstrated landscapes & flower paintings which all 14 of us then tried. The concept of painting a simple scene treating objects as shapes rather than real things was very interesting. Tones were dark, medium and light. If those principles were used then the basis of a painting was formed and details could then be added.

20th September 2020 Plein Air Day at Bentley

16th November 2019 Penelope Gilbert Ng Pastel Landscape

Photo of Subject
Penelpe’s Finished Pastel

19th October 2019 Harry Westera Water Colour Landscape

Lots of inspiration and enjoyment. We all learnt from Harry’s teaching.

20 July 2019 Harry Westera Still Life in Oils

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.

15 June 2019 Penny Gilbert-Ng Pastels Portraits

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.

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.