Art in Action

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Art in Action will be on again in 2018!
At the Merroo Conference Centre, Kurrajong

May 18th, 19th, & 20th 2018

Last Days to register!

Bookings Close Friday 4 May, 2018.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful weekend of creativity!

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 2018 A in A MATERIALS for workshops April 2018 – Correction to materials for Robert Knight’s workshop 31 Seascapes. Please note all workshop information is included, you can just print the pages you need.

2018 Art in Action Booking Form for Workshops 

2018 Art in Action Booking Form for Accommodation


Workshop Status

  • Number 11, Amanda Hyatt – FULL
  • Number 26, Amanda Hyatt – FULL
  • Number 40, Amanda Hyatt – FULL
  • Number 12, Chan Dissanayake – FULL
  • Numbers 8, 23 and 37, Jeanette Prout – Unavailable
  • Numbers 3, 18 and 33, Werner Filipich – Unavailable

Workshop Information

Robert Knight – charcoal and oils – beginners to advanced

About the artistBorn in Melbourne, Robert has been painting since the mid-eighties. His style, described as contemporary realism with a design element which has a strong focal point surrounded by soft focus, to make a painting with more impact. His technique includes using a palette knife and juicy brush strokes to achieve the final result. Robert also loves to draw with charcoal in the same loose style. He has won numerous awards including; Best in Show at Kilmore Art Show 2015 & 2017.  Most Popular Painting Bayside Art Show 2011, the Art of Excellence Award A.G.R.A 2004, and he is a Fellow of A.G.R.A & a member Ringwood Art Society.   Website –

FRIDAY – Workshop 1 – ‘Drawing Australian Bush Themes (Charcoal)’ Using charcoal as the finished medium, let Robert show you his unique approach to this subject. See how to create expressive line work and mark making and learn many handy hints.  Guided by demonstrations & personal instruction.

SATURDAY – Workshop 16 – ‘Landscape with Atmosphere’ (Oils) Robert will provide photographs to work from and show so you how to paint more atmospheric landscapes using a fairly limited palette.  Learn tips on making expressive brush strokes to create movement in your work as you are guided by demonstrations and step by step instructions.

SUNDAY – Workshop 31 – ‘Seascape’ (Oils) Paint a seascape with perspective, scale and atmosphere using a limited palette and simple techniques to create impact in your work.  Robert will demonstrate in a step by step approach.

Ted Lewis – oils – beginners to advanced – some experience in oils

 About the artist Ted Lewis has painted full-time for over 30 years, his first one-man exhibition was at the Hesley Gallery in Orange, NSW, in 1976.  He has had many successful exhibitions in Orange, Bathurst, Sydney, Peak Hill, Southport (Qld.), Canberra and Canowindra.  Ted is one of Australia’s best outback and landscape artists and has received many awards for his work.

FRIDAY – Workshop 2 – ‘Paint the Landscape with Passion’ Painting is all about passion.  It is about the magic of putting yourself, your imagination, and feeling about the subject onto canvas.  Ted will cover all the basics while painting the Capertee Valley – enjoy the journey with Ted to this magic destination!

SATURDAY – Workshop 17 – ‘Compose your Landscape to tell a Story’ Where better to tell the story than on your canvas – by the dam, cray-fishing – catch the moment for which you long to return.  Let Ted show you methods that you can repeat back in your own studio when composing a landscape.

SUNDAY – Workshop 32 – ‘Coastal Scene and Harbour Views’ Spend a delightful day by the water!  Join Ted and he will introduce you to what is all important in that scene by the water. What will make the viewer take an interest?  Ted has all the answers, and will guarantee an enjoyable experience.

Werner Filipich – oil – beginners to advanced

About the artist – Werner has been painting for over 40 years, he is a self-taught plein air painter dedicated to traditional art initially specializing in rural & coastal scenes.  Werner has won numerous awards & judged several art shows.  Exhibiting in most galleries throughout Australia he has made overseas painting trips to New Zealand, Italy, France & recently Scotland, Ireland & Cornwell.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Art Society & a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of History & Arts.  Website –

 FRIDAY – Workshop 3 – ’Paint a Panorama’ Learn to paint an Australian panoramic scene showing distance & capturing the correct colours to show depth. Use colours that depict the blue haze of the Australian bush. A finished painting, and photos of the painting, will help in a step by step approach to learn the colours & the technique used to produce the painting.

SATURDAYWorkshop 18 – ‘Paint a Typical Homestead’ One of Werner’s finished paintings will help you to learn to paint a typical Australian homestead.  You will use paint colours to show shadows, flowers and bush surrounding the homestead.  Photos of the subject will also be available.

SUNDAY Workshop 33 – ‘A River Scene emphasising the Reflections’ Imagine sitting by the river bank enjoying the sunshine, peacefulness and tranquillity.  Let Werner show you how to achieve the magic of this scene, by noting the different colours of the river water influenced by the surrounding banks and mountain.  A perfect picture!

Robyn Collier – oil or water-based oil – some experience in oils

About the artist – Robyn is a professional artist with over 40 years painting experience. She has conducted workshops within Australia & New Zealand for over 12 years.  Her work has won multiple awards & is held in prestigious collections throughout the world.  Robyn paints in oils in the Alla Prima method & is considered a contemporary realist, painting our wilderness in its many and varied aspects.  She is a devoted environmentalist & keen bushwalker.  Website –

FRIDAY – Workshop 4 – ‘Painting a Translucent Wave’ – Turps free class Make your seascape come alive with life & movement.  Learn the techniques for painting a translucent wave set in a seascape, achieve the transparency of a living, aqua wave.  Light & shade and composition will all be covered.   Photo & handouts provided.

SATURDAY – Workshop 19 – ‘Early Morning River Scene’ – Turps free class  Enjoy a day of painting an early morning river scene & how to create a vibrant work full of life & light while painting tree reflections, river banks, pebbles & a beautiful reflective sky.  Colour, colour mixing & technique covered.  Photo & handouts.

SUNDAY – Workshop 34 – ‘Painting a Sand-dune’ – Turps free class One of Robyn’s favourite subjects – sand-dunes!  Working from step by step demonstrations this workshop will give you lots of helpful techniques & tips to make sandscapes come alive, wind rippled dunes, light & shadows, colour mixing & the part that foliage plays on the dunes.  Learn to paint a vibrant dune painting!  Photo & handouts provided.

John Wilson – oil – intermediate to advanced

About the artist – John is a highly respected and sought-after artist/tutor and judge.  He is one of Australia’s leading oil painters, a Multi-Award Winning artist, whose works have been reproduced extensively.   John’s elegant paintings capture the more elusive qualities unique to our Australian landscape.  His works, considered highly collectable, are represented in private, corporate and public collections throughout Australia and internationally.   John is a Fellow of The Royal Art Society of NSW and the Patron of the Society of Mountain Artists.  John has exhibited in London, USA, Japan, Canada and Beijing, China.   An ongoing selection of his recent works can be viewed at his Gallery in Katoomba. Website –

FRIDAY – Workshop 5 – ‘Let’s paint a River Scene’ Like Streeton, Roberts, Gruner, Johnson & other great artists, learn how to paint a beautiful & exciting River Scene in the landscape.  This workshop is for artists with some experience who have mastered the basics & wish to move to higher levels.  It will cover tone, temperature, colour mixing, composition, atmosphere, reflected light, reflections & other subtleties that can be seen in our landscape.

John Perkins – oil – beginners to advanced

About the artist – At the young age of fourteen, John Perkins joined Henry Rousal as an apprentice sign-writer. This is where he met a well-known portrait artist Roy Rousel and a pub mirror artist Stan Denford, both of whom cultivated John’s early interest in, and love for, art.   John was tutored by Graeme Inson using the Meldrum Principals of Tonal Impressionism.  John has become a well-known artist with his work represented both nationally and internationally. John has work currently on display in the City of Sydney Library.  His work is represented in many Municipal Councils and private collections in Boston, England, New Zealand and Carmel, California.  John is widely recognized as a Traditional Oil artist specializing in Still Life and Landscape paintings, he has, however, over the years pursued various other subjects – this has led to him being renowned for his Marine and Streetscape paintings.    John is a Fellow and President of the Royal Art Society of NSW, he was also the Inaugural President of the Combined Art Societies of Sydney, and is a Life Member of the Drummoyne Art Society.   Website

SATURDAY – Workshop 20 – ‘Paint an Industrial Port Scene’ Learn how to simplify as you compose a busy fun subject!  Using the time-honoured tradition of painting with oils, let John show you how to create atmosphere in your painting using bold brush strokes.  Learn to achieve dynamic, stimulating results when painting from photographic reference.

Chris Seale – acrylic – intermediate to advanced

About the Artist Chris studied at St.George & Meadowbank Colleges, the National Art School East Sydney & was quickly embraced by the professional art world. Over the years Chris has developed a unique technique & provided private tuition to scores of emerging artists.  Highlights include First Prize at the Art of Sydney Awards, Sydney Opera House, & inclusion in the prestigious Mosman Art Prize, together with numerous other Awards. Chris  is a member of the Royal Art Society of Queensland & an Associate Member of the Royal Art Society of NSW.  Website –

FRIDAY – Workshop 6 – ‘Australian Bushscape’ Today Chris will take you through her method of painting trees & foliage.  Learn to use a variety of implements to give the illusion of realism with light, movement, vitality & texture.   Chris will demonstrate then guide you through an Australian bush landscape.

SATURDAY – Workshop 21– ‘Bushscape with Creek’ Learn to use a variety of implements to create a painting of the bush and creek to give an illusion of realism, with movement and texture.  Chris will demonstrate then guide you through this serene creek scene.

SUNDAY – Workshop 35– ‘Painting Waterlilies’ Chris will demonstrate her method of painting waterlilies with implements that help create a feeling of distance with light, depth & texture.  She will then guide you through a beautiful waterlily landscape.

Catherine Harry – acrylic – some experience with acrylics

About the artist Catherine is a Sydney based artist & a Fellow of the Royal Art Society of NSW, she has been exhibiting professionally for 30 years in commercial galleries. She has won numerous art awards & has held successful solo exhibitions.  Her works have been used in art publications & purchased by Gov’t. Organizations.

FRIDAY – Workshop 7 – ‘Beneath the Surface’ Using the environment as reference explore mark making using a variety of techniques to create interesting effects energising your painting by suggesting the different textures of the landscape & why we find it so enrapturing.  Landscape has the potential to propel our imagination in such a dramatic direction.

SATURDAYWorkshop 22 – ‘The Artist Garden’ Often colour draws us to a piece of artwork, visually & emotionally. The artistic style is regularly defined by colour choices.  We are familiar with the symbolism surrounding the Garden & the relationship between the natural world & nurtured spaces. Create an artist garden like Monet or Van Gogh on canvas.  Learn about hue, temperature, chroma & value in relation to colour.

SUNDAYWorkshop 36 – ‘Blue Pacific’ Arthur Streeton was admired for his ability to capture the unique character of Australia in his paintings. Using coastlines as reference capture the colour of the sea & sandstone cliffs of Sydney with help from the Australian Impressionists masterpieces.

Jeanette Prout – acrylic & collage – beginners to advanced

About the artist – Jeanette has a Bachelor of Arts Diploma of Education, Fine Arts Certificate. She is a member of Kiama Art Soc. & a member of Castle Hill Art Soc. where she also teaches. She is developing an art studio/gallery home residence.  She exhibits at multiple shows & travels to the UK & France to paint & study.  Art practice is continuous learning & experimenting. Artistic influences – Diebenkorn, Nicholas de Stael & Van Gogh.

FRIDAY – Workshop 8 – ‘Figures in the Landscape’ THIS DAY REQUIRES PREPARATION PRIOR TO ARRIVAL. Find a favourite painter who has grouped figures into a landscape & draw outlines on a piece of paper equivalent size to the canvas 45cm x 60cm. Transferring the image to the canvas will take place in the workshop after the tutor’s demonstration and discussion on the day.  A day with a difference!

SATURDAY – Workshop 23 – ‘The Landscape’ This workshop will take you through the process of colour, composition, drawing, collage & gluing papers which can be thin, transparent or heavy duty, tissue paper, hand-made, papers sourced from magazines & books, plus found objects. Recommended – Matisse, Manet, Diebenkorn, Cezanne, Keith Vaughan.

SUNDAY – Workshop 37 – ‘Still Life’ Join Jeanette who will mine your creativity and ignite your imagination as she takes you through the process of colour, composition, drawing, collage & gluing a variety of papers, fabrics & found objects.  Learn how to fix these papers & objects to canvas.

Catherine Hamilton –  pastel – some experience with pastels

About the artist – Catherine is a respected & sought-after tutor who has been teaching for over 24 years & conducing painting tours overseas.  Her work is bold, vibrant & full of energy.  Her workshops offer a distinctive way of teaching, introducing ideas & exercises allowing students to think more about the fundamental elements of form, colour, light & tone. She has gathered various awards, particularly for her portraits & figurative work.  Website – Email:

FRIDAY – Workshop 9 – ‘Still Life. . . vibrant and bold’ Create bright & decorative compositions from a variety of subjects such as pots, vases, flowers & fruit.  You will be using inks to create under painting washes of bright colour to incorporate into the pastel composition.

SATURDAY – Workshop 24 – ‘Light in the Landscape’ Rocks & trees – create compositions & concentrate on the impact of light.  Understand the use of the pastel medium, colour tone & composition. Creative, fun and innovative!

SUNDAY – Workshop 38 – ‘The PortraitIntroducing ideas, using under painting & drawing will help to create the proportions & tones of the face to create an inspiring portrait.  Meet the challenge while enjoying the experience.  Take advantage of Catherine’s expertise in this area.

Tricia Reust – mixed media – intermediate to advanced

About the Artist –Tricia attended the Newcastle Art School, holds a Basic Art Certificate from the Art Instruction School in Minnesota, USA & is a graduate with Distinction from the Open College of the Arts, Queensland.  She has won many awards including Best in Show in the 2012 National Mortimore Art prize & Pastellist of the Year with the Pastel Society of Australia. Tricia recorded an episode of Colour in your Life (ABC) in August 2012 & presents workshops throughout Australia.  She has had several articles published in the Australian Artist & has three instructional videos available through Pulsar Productions. Website –

 FRIDAY – Workshop 10 – ‘Lyrical Still Life’ Create a fabulous Still Life with flowing movement over a collage on canvas!  Work in either a traditional or contemporary style, using acrylic paint, charcoal and/or dry drawing media. This workshop will briefly cover still life theory, particularly the lyrical “S” & “Z” construction.  Paint from objects in the room or from photographs.

SATURDAY – Workshop 25 – ‘Geometric Still Life’ Using collage on canvas, acrylic paint, charcoal and/or dry drawing media, you will work from objects in the room, or photographs, to create a magic geometric style still life painting!  This workshop covers briefly design theory, particularly the Golden Mean.

SUNDAYWorkshop 39 – ‘Using Drawing in Still Life’ Make your own choice – paint in a traditional or contemporary style – work from objects in the room – or from photographs.  Design theory will be covered, particularly the Golden Mean, and you will create drawings to use in a still life piece using collage on canvas, acrylic paint & charcoal and/or dry drawing medium.

Amanda Hyatt – tonal watercolour – intermediate to advanced

About the artist – Amanda is a professional watercolour artist of 35 years, and has had 36 solo exhibitions, and participated in many joint & group exhibitions, including two in New York.  She is a realist, tonal impressionist who paints in the fast alla prima way of spontaneously capturing the moment & light.  She has won many major Australian awards including the Camberwell ‘Gold Medal’, the Kenneth Jack Watercolour Prize and the Bale.  She is a member of the Aust. Watercolour Institute, a signatory member of the Victorian Artists Society, and a long-standing member (26 years) of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society. She is a renowned national & international teacher.

FRIDAY – Workshop 11 – ‘Teaching my Five Steps to Watercolour’ Landscapes A workshop not to be missed.  Students will be encouraged to throw themselves into this energised class.   You will be delighted with the outcome. FULL

 SATURDAY – Workshop 26 – ‘Water, River and Boat Scenes’ This workshop will encourage you to expand your thinking & produce a watercolour that is ‘a piece of art’ rather than just a painting. FULL

SUNDAY – Workshop 40 – ‘Buildings and Figurative Subjects’  Give your watercolour more magic & more impact.  Let Amanda show you how to paint tonal, light filled, atmospheric & energised paintings that will leave an indelible impression. FULL

Chan Dissanayake – watercolour – watercolour experience necessary

About the artist Chan is a multi-award-winning watercolour artist living in Canberra ACT.  A highly regarded tutor, he is well known for inspired demonstrations.  He contributes regularly to art publications such as Australian Artist & Artist Palette.  Chan conducts workshops throughout Australia & currently teaches watercolour at the Australian National University.  He has won many awards, including the Agricultural Heritage Prize & Champion Exhibit at the Royal Canberra Show in 2013.  In 2017 he was elected to the elite Australian Watercolour Institute.   These workshops will suit students who have been exposed to the medium of watercolour as well as beginners willing to learn its secrets. Website –

FRIDAY – Workshop 12 – ‘Beach and Seascapes’ Today’s workshop will cover drawing & wet-in-wet techniques, washes, simplifying & gestured mark making. Also, how design patterns & preliminary tonal studies can be used to enhance the composition.  Complete two paintings of a Beach and Seascape.

SATURDAY – Workshop 27 – ‘Boats and Water’ Watercolour is a medium that excels in depicting boats and water.  Study these two subjects in detail, discuss strategies & techniques in producing bold, fresh works without labouring on superficial details. FULL

SUNDAY – Workshop 41 – ‘Atmospheric effects Rain and Mist’ Watercolour is a tailor made medium in capturing mood & atmosphere.  The magical qualities of the medium can be demonstrated by the wet-into-wet technique.  Learn the various stages of wetness & paint to water consistency in creating these ethereal effects.

John Haycraft – watercolour – beginners to intermediate

About the artist – John has been a professional artist since 1971, a principal of the architectural illustration firm Haycraft Duloy since 1974, lecturer, exhibitor & author of three books of paintings & drawings.  A collection of his architectural drawings is held in the Mitchell Library, The State Library of NSW.  He has travelled & painted extensively in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and his birth place New Zealand & studied with Lloyd Rees, Charles Reid & Joseph Zbukvic.  Website –

FRIDAY – Workshop 13 – ‘The Power of Composition in the Landscape’ Today we will explore the dynamics of thinking about your painting before you start.  Using rhythm, transition and phrasing to set yourself up for painting success.

SATURDAY – Workshop 28 – ‘River Scene using Complementary Colours’ To develop a vocabulary of ‘support colours’ we need to understand about complements – the colour opposite a primary colour on the colour wheel – that produce greys.

SUNDAY – Workshop 42 – ‘Using your Sketchbook as a Primary Source of Material’ A scene, or vista, that you have connected with, and stood there and drawn, is the best picture to paint because you have already made an emotional connection to it.  Now it is up to you to interpret it in your own fashion.

Jacky Pearson – watercolour – intermediate to advanced

About the artist – Jacky is a New Zealand watercolourist & an experienced tutor holding regular workshops in NZ, Australia & overseas.  Her style is direct, impressionistic & subjects varied, she is addicted to the lovely passages of light only watercolour can achieve. She’s had a successful calendar series of every major lighthouse in NZ & was selected to represent NZ in the permanent collection at the International Museum of Watercolours in Mexico.  Jacky has won numerous awards & been published in international books & magazines, & appeared on the TV Programme ‘Colour in Your Life’.  Website –

 FRIDAY – Workshop 14 – ‘A Scene from Capertee Valley’ In a step by step demonstration, Jacky will help you build a successful watercolour with edge control, pigment and water mix, tone & colour temperature.  Jacky will provide photo references, handouts & teaching sheets for all her classes.

SATURDAYWorkshop 29 – ‘Wet City Street Scene’ Paint a busy street with atmosphere, figures & cars!  A day to throw water around, spray, learn how to paint rain with a fan brush & have a little instruction on perspective of buildings, cars & figures.  Reference material provided. A step by step approach & help with colour mixing & the correct mix of water and pigment.

SUNDAYWorkshop 43 – ‘Rural Scene’ Paint a rural scene using only a Hake brush & a Rigger brush.  Have fun learning how a Hake can give you edges & washes & fine detail.  All reference material will be provided.  A step by step approach & help with colour mixing & the correct mix of water & pigment.

Julie Goldspink – watercolour – some knowledge of the medium

About the artist Julie is known mainly for her beautiful watercolours on paper & W/C canvas & Yupo paper.  Subjects she covers are predominantly landscapes, seascapes, flowers & still life.  Classed as a Realist Impressionist, she uses wet into wet technique. A skilled draftsperson, Julie is known for her generosity when it comes to imparting her broad knowledge of art & painting.  Website –

FRIDAY – Workshop 15 – ‘Breaking Waves over Rocks’ – W/C on Aquaboard Paint an exciting closeup of a wave breaking against a rocky outcrop. You will enjoy working on Aquaboard which will enable wiping back the whites & scratching back the rock surfaces.  Wonderful creative effects can be executed on this clay coated board.  A fun day with Julie!

SATURDAY – Workshop 30 – ’Moody Landscapes’ – black & white ink on paper A day of exploration & fun!  Watch how the black & white ink dropped into the watercolour pigment creates the mood & mystery for this landscape.  The effects created takes watercolour painting to a new level.  Julie will demonstrate all aspects of this technique.

SUNDAY – Workshop 44 – ‘W/C Still Life & Flowers’ – black & white ink on paper Today, a similar method of application as Saturday’s class – but with more freedom to experiment!  Paint your watercolour, drop in the black & white ink, see the exciting effects! Painting flowers in this style gives the feel of a Chinese ink painting.  The outcome – a unique painting of Flowers & Still Life.  All elements of design & colour mixing will be discussed.

Art in Action Booklet Updates:

  • Version 01-11-2017: change Chris Seales’ Workshop from #22 to #21
  • Version 01-11-2017b: minor spelling correction
  • Version 02-11-2017: change Jeanette Prout’s workshop from #34 to #37


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