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SPRING WORKSHOPS RUn from 19 SEPTEMBER - 2 OCTOBER

A diverse range of workshops take place during holiday breaks. These courses run over several consecutive days, where students can learn from some of the best Australian artists, including regular VAS Teachers and Guest Artists. These are intensive courses running in the VAS Studio from 10am until 3:30pm. The lineup of workshops is always different: previous workshops have included print making, still life in oil, watercolour basics, Chinese brush painting and self portraiture among many others.

Workshops run in the VAS Studio from 10am until 3:30pm. BYO lunch.

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Still Life Compositions in Oil with Keming Shen
Keming Shen
20 Sep 2022 - 21 Sep 2022
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
This two-day workshop will consist of painting still life compositions arranged by Keming, with each student completing 2 still life works by the end of the workshop. It is suited for all levels, from beginners to more experienced oil painters.
Please contact the office for availability.
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Oil Painting for Beginners with Fiona O'Byrne
Fiona O'Byrne
23 Sep 2022 - 30 Sep 2022
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Focusing on still life, Fiona will teach through demonstrations and one-on-one time with each student, going through her painting process step-by-step. This will include covering aspects such as composition, block-in, colour mixing and paint application.
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Abstracting the Landscape with Jenny Scholes
Jenny Scholes
Sunday 25 Sep 2022, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Learn to use semi-abstraction to translate a scene beyond a basic visual impression in this one day workshop with accomplished Melbourne artist Jenny Scholes.
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Julian Bruere's Basics of Watercolour and Wet into Wet Painting with Control
Julian Bruere
Monday 26 Sep 2022, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
This one-day workshop is designed to introduce and better understand the basics of watercolour painting. Exercises exploring colour, tone and watercolour behaviour will be followed by some stepped paintings with spalsh and sponteneity.
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Beginning and Gaining Confidence with Figures with Julian Bruere
Julian Bruere
Tuesday 27 Sep 2022, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Beginning with some figure studies learning proportion and colourings of the nude model, we will follow up with figures as found in street and landscape scenes.
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Watercolour Painting Inside and Out with Mike Kowalski
Mike Kowalski
28 Sep 2022 - 29 Sep 2022
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Sketching and painting in Fitzroy Gardens, finding, composing and painting scenes we find under the trees. Distilling the subject, composing shapes, defining colors and values will all be in the offing. We will spend time sketching and covering tips on painting outdoors.
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Expressionist Landscapes in Acrylic with Olga Dziemidowicz
Olga Dziemidowicz
Sunday 2 Oct 2022, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Explore the expressive possibilities of using acrylic paint to capture impressionist & expressionist landscapes.
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Meet the Tutors

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Fiona O'Byrne
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Jenny Scholes
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Julian Bruere
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Keming Shen
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Mike Kowalski
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Olga Dziemidowicz
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