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IAN CHAPMAN Workshop – Painting by Design

by | 2 Jan 2018 | NEWS, EVENTS, Special Tutored Workshops

Sat and Sun: 5–6 MAY 2018
CAW Studio

$255 Members*
$319 Non Members
Includes refreshments, BYO lunch.

Best suited for Intermediate-Advanced
painting skills.


Considering how to frame an observed motif in a realist work, or where to place shapes, marks and colours in an abstract is an act of design.

Composition is, for most painters, predominately habit and visual instinct. However, by expanding your awareness of elements influencing two dimensional design you can break old habits and increase creative choices, whatever your favoured style of expression.

DAY ONE will be mainly looking at works both abstract and realist, the Great and the not so great, with analysis of design and possibilities. Ian will be demonstrating with drawing and painting. Challenging questions are anticipated and welcome!

DAY TWO will be your day of creation, DE-constructing and RE-presenting visual ideas.

All painting and drawing media on paper or canvas welcome.


After four unhappy years studying architecture at UNSW, Ian flourished at the Julian Ashton School in Sydney. Since then he has studied and painted around the world and now spends his time between Australia and France where he has a studio.

He has exhibited fifteen times solo and contributed to more group shows than stars in the sky. Over the last decade he has mainly shown in France.

Ian enjoys working in oil, acrylic, watercolour and pastel. He has been invited to exhibit with the French Pastel Society five times and is a life member and Vice President of the Australian Watercolour Institute.



Register by sending your name. membership status, amount to pay and contact details to eventscaw@gmail.com. Reference CHAPMAN WORKSHOP as Subject. Successful applicants will be emailed payment details, others will go on wait list, until registration closes. A Materials List will be sent on receipt of payment.

*Member price applies to CAW & ASOC financial members.


Posted 22/03/18

Bring along your own kit of materials specific to your medium.

Day One will be exploring design concepts primarily using pencil and paper, so bring an A4 pad, 2B pencil and a black marker with a chisel point.

Day Two will be creating multiple concepts rather than labouring over one or two. The emphasis is on design, rather than technique, so you can work in one medium of your choice: oil, acrylic, pastel, pencil, gouache or watercolour.

Choose an economic surface appropriate to your medium, as this will encourage experimentation (expensive papers and canvas can be inhibititing). Around A3 in size as a guide. Ten surfaces, minimum.

Questions? Please send them to Ian via eventscaw@gmail.com. Please put “Ian Question” in the Subject line and allow several days for an answer. This page will be updated if new information is given and applies broadly.

General things to bring:

A4 paper pad – as above
2B Pencil/sharpener
Black marker with chisel point

Inexpensive surfaces – as above
Your medium kit:
ie: Paints/Pastels/Pencils
Brushes as appropriate
Odorless solvents
Barrier cream
Paper towels / baby wipes
Containers as appropriate to your medium

Camera/phone and sketchbook for notes and documentation


Bring along your sense of discovery!

Please come to the Canberra Art Workshop Studio (21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith) in time to set up for a start time at 10am sharp. The studio will be open from 9:30.

We are looking forward to welcoming Ian to our studio and a pleasurable learning experience for all attendees.

Photos for CAW use will be taken during the workshop. If you do not wish to be photographed, please step out of camera range and kindly notify the photographer.