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Welcome to Canberra Art Workshop

Patron: Cynthia Watsford, OAM


Places are available in the Thursday Painting daytime Workgroup. We are a friendly and supportive group of women who work on individual painting projects. Drawings are also worked on during our sessions either as finished works or as preparatory studies prior to painting. Other art work can be worked on, it is up to the individual. There is a morning and afternoon group and we enjoy a lunch in between. Please contact Julie about this Workgroup – 0402 111 641



Portrait Making – How and Why

Exhibition Dates – August 28-30 from 12-5pm

With an Opening Reception Thursday, 27 August at 6pm

M16 Artspace, Workspace A, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith ACT


Drawing and painting from live models attracts this group of portrait artists to the Canberra Art Workshop studio at the M16 Artspace each week. Members use water and oil based paints, pastels, pencil and charcoal or whatever medium takes their fancy. Some works on display ended when the model session concluded while others were studio adjusted. Many members take on a variety of portrait projects beyond the workgroup and some welcome commissions.

This group of artists are drawn to portraiture for a variety of reasons, from the challenge of capturing a likeness to the experience of being in collaboration with a model to generate art that interprets a mood or tells a human story. While the challenge of the art process is motivating, they also extoll the therapeutic benefits of focusing on their work and of learning from each other as they work together.

The informal exhibit also touches on different approaches used to create some of the portraits on display.



Elisa Crossing, a local artist and educator, is currently holding a workshop detailing the techniques of the old Masters. The participants are enjoying learning how to build a still life or vanitas from the support up. Techniques are being taught including fur, metals, and glass. 


Drop in and Draw!

Canberra Art Workshop is a thriving studio centre for the arts in the M16 Artspace. We welcome all artists, from complete beginners to practicing professionals. You’ll find an art group that’s right for you –  life drawing, pastel, watercolour, portraiture, printmaking and other subjects – all run in Canberra Art Workshop’s studio (see the Art Groups page for details about art groups). Our address is 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, behind the Griffith shops.

As well as the self-help art groups, we also hold exhibitions, workshops, courses of tuition, group shows, and paint-away events in various regional locations throughout the year.

Please click here for upcoming workshops.

Canberra Art Workshop is a non-profit body. We’re self-funded; owned and operated by our members.

For general inquires phone or email Dennis Bentley on 0419 963 836, djwbentley@iinet.net.au


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M16 Drawing Prize Entries Due

November 20, 2015, 5:00pm

M16 Artspace

M16 Artspace invites artists to submit work for the annual M16Drawing Prize. This prize is for works on paper or other surfaces using either traditional or non-traditional drawing materials and techni...

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TED LEWIS: Painting the Australian Bush

COST : $350.00
Contact Robert Stephens - aarwuncanberra@bigpond.com, or ph 02 62302055

Aarwun Gallery Canberra is introducing a new calendar of master classes run by a selection of our best loved artists. The first will be a two day workshop with highly accomplished landscape artist TED LEWIS. Places will be limited to a small number of students and are expected to fill quickly. Please contact the gallery to register your interest and avoid disappointment!


Winner of countless awards during his thirty years of painting, Ted has been described as a living master of the gum tree and Australian light. The workshop is scheduled to run this October, taking place over Saturday 31 October & Sunday November 1 from 9am to 5pm at Aarwun Gallery. All levels of ability are welcome from absolute beginner to experienced artist. Ted will re-create one of his paintings step-by-step for students to follow, and will deconsruct his process for achieving a successful landscape. Students will also make a series of quick oil sketches, focusing on details such as gum trees, livestock, waterways and buildings.

The cost of the master class will include:

GOURMENT LUNCH: fresh, oven roasted pizzas & salad
A SELECTION OF TEAS & COFFEE throughout the day
WINE & NIBBLES Unwind with the other students at the end of the day's painting.

Ted will be using a very limited colour palette of three colours + white.
More experienced artists are welcome to use their preferred palette, but beginners are encouraged to stick to the materials list as closely as possible. Most places will be seated, so in addition to materials, students will need to bring a board or a table easel to support their work. We can provide a standing easel if preferred, but this should be arranged in advance. You will need:

- Cadmium scarlet (or similar)
- Cadmium Yellow
- Ultramarine Blue
- Titanium White
- Odourless solvent & container
- Liquin medium & container
- Your preferred surface for painting; a stretched canvas or gessoed board at 12x16 or 14x18 inches.
- A series of smaller canvases and/or boards for quick oils sketches
- A selection of different sized flat brushes



Internationally acclaimed artist Janet Thatcher will teach students her process for creating these stunning, highly detailed pastel works on velour. The master class will focus on animals and wildlife, which is Janet's specialism. Students may use Janet's visual material or can bring their own reference with them if they wish to create a particular portrait. Please contact the gallery today to register your interest in this master class and to receive further details.


An Alla Prima (direct painting) workshop with accomplished local artist Kacy Grainger. Practice the pleasure which can be gained from finishing an oil painting in one sitting, starting with a raw rumber sketch and working in oils wet in to wet. Kacy will be focusing on still life and floral studies.
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Places are available in the Thursday Painting daytime workgroup. We are a friendly and supportive group of women who work on individual painting projects. Drawings are also worked on during our sessions either as finished works or as preparatory studies prior to painting. Other art works may be worked on and that is up to individuals. There is a morning and afternoon group and we enjoy a lunch in between. Please contact Julie about this Workgroup – 0402 111 641 ... See MoreSee Less

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Portraits Exhibition August 2015 (16 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

Work from the Thursday Evening Group

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