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Creative Landscapes with Waratah Lahy (15-16 October 2022)


Date 15-16 October 2022
Time 10am-4pm Saturday & Sunday (12 hours)
Location CAW, Studio B
Address 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith ACT
Class size 12 (plus tutor and /or model)
Price Members $208 | Non-members $260


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This exciting two-day workshop is designed to develop and extend painting skills to create unique landscape compositions. 

Guided through a series of focussed activities beginning, on day one, with the creation of landscape dioramas, participants will explore composition and colour.


On the second day participants will use personal photographs, source material and studies to paint a resolved work of art. 

Participants will be required to provide their own materials including charcoal, colour pencils / pastels, paper and/or board, and acrylic or oil paint. Waratah will use acrylic paint for in-class demonstrations. 

Participants can anticipate taking home

  • New ideas, inspirations and painting techniques 
  • A portfolio of studies and landscape compositions 
  • Renewed enthusiasm, confidence, and joy for painting. 

Additional information


Acrylic or oils


Creative Landscapes with Waratah Lahy (15-16 October 2022)

Materials list

  • Paint: Waratah will be using acrylic paint to demonstrate but you are welcome to use oils if you prefer. If you will be using oils please bring odourless mediums (ie no turps, damar etc).Our basic palette will be warm and cool primary colours, earth tones and black and white. If you’re not familiar with the names of colours and you can go to an art shop ask for a warm and cool of each primary colour. The paints you use don’t have to be expensive. 
    • Lemon yellow
    • Cadmium yellow
    • Alizarin crimson
    • Cadmium red
    • Phthalo blue
    • Ultramarine blue
    • Burnt umber
    • Burnt sienna
    • Mars black
    • Titanium white


    If you already own more colours you’re welcome to bring along whatever else you use.



    Synthetic and / or bristle brushes 

    Flat or Filbert (brights are also okay but flats and filberts are necessary). Please include some smaller size 2 brushes as well as larger sizes. Brushes should be reasonably stiff (not the super soft cheap brushes)



    For drawing: Cartridge paper and/or A3 visual diary (with pages that can be removed). 

    For painting: 2 x canvas paper or canvas board or canvas, approx. 30 x 40cm. Please prepare your surface with 1 – 2 coats of good quality gesso.



    Willow charcoal

    Charcoal pencils / colour pencils / colour charcoal / pastels (just bring what you have) 



    • Paper towels
    • Cleaning rags
    • Jars for water etc
    • Palette
    • Pencils
    • Ruler
    • Eraser


    Source material

    Please bring some of your own photographs of landscapes that interest and inspire you. Photographs from your phone are fine. If you can please print out a selection of your favourites.

About the tutor

Dr Waratah Lahy is an artist known for her ability to capture the pathos, beauty and humour of prosaic everyday moments through painting and drawing. Her compositions are inspired by observations of her neighbourhood and other urban scenes and landscapes.  

Waratah has exhibited widely for the past 25 years and her work is held in private and national collections, such as the Canberra Museum and Gallery, Artbank, Parliament House Art Collection, Gold Coast Regional Gallery, Goulburn Regional Gallery and the University of Canberra Hospital: Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation. 

She was a finalist in the Calleen Art Award (2020), the M16 Art Space Drawing Award (2018 winner), the Grace Cossington Smith Art Award and the Splash McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award. In 2017 Lahy received the Canberra Critics Circle Award for her solo exhibition Three Hundred and Sixty Six. Lahy has undertaken residencies at Hill End (2018), the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris (2012), Megalo Print Studio + Gallery (2011), and Schloss Haldenstein in Haldenstein, Switzerland (2005). 

Waratah is an experienced and respected teacher who has worked as a sessional lecturer in painting and drawing at the Australian National University School of Art & Design for over 15 years.

Her work can be viewed at and

Skill level

All levels but also Intermediate or suitable for building on existing skills

Cancellation / Refund Policy

Cancellation/Refund policy can be found HERE