Untutored Workgroups are available to ASOC members. These are held in the ASOC Studio D:
21 Blaxland Crescent
Workgroups cost $40 per term (or $4 per session) unless stated otherwise. Some workgroups hire models, etc which will be priced into the term costs.
Specific Workgroup enquiries should be addressed to the Workgroup Convenor listed below.
9.30am – 1.30pm
Convenor: Marie Betts
This is a group for budding and experienced pastellists. Beginners with some limited exposure to pastel techniques are welcome. We work on our own projects in a group setting. The group members have a wide variety of interests and techniques and we all benefit greatly from feedback and encouragement within the group. Our common interest is a passion for the beauty of pastels and to continually explore and share the potential of the medium.
1.30pm – 5.30pm
Convenor: Sue Cook
0413 297 834
An interactive group challenging the boundaries, experimenting with multi media and exploring a wide range of techniques and ways to apply paint. We try to start each session with a fun warm-up exercise.
Create vibrant and unusual artworks using non-traditional methods where you allow your image to emerge and develop from spontaneous, incidental interactions of marks and media. Anyone interested in exploring and sharing these concepts is most welcome to join this workgroup, where the emphasis is on inclusiveness and respect for many different ideas. This is a space where you allow your creativity to dominate without being constrained by previous learnings. It’s a place to explore with freedom and abandonment.
Portrait & Life Drawing
10.00am – 1.00pm
$10 per session
Convenor: Jim Tweddle
The Portrait and Life Drawing Tuesday workgroup alternates each week between portrait and life drawing and participants use whichever medium they prefer; pastel, pencil, charcoal, acrylic or watercolour. A series of quick 5 minute poses starts each session and these are followed by a number of 40 minute poses.
Tea/coffee and milk/biscuits are provided.
Present fee is $10 per three hour session, though this may increase, as necessary when funds get low, to cover room/model costs.
Fun with Printmaking
1.30pm – 4.30pm
$5 per session
Convenor: Simone Doherty
Our workgroup has taken a great leap forward with the purchase by ASOC of a printing press. Not only do we experiment with lino and monoprinting, but creative drypoint etching is a printing process which members of our group are now thoroughly enjoying. We anticipate trying new types of printing, and the group is expanding. So, if you are interested in seeing us in action, or even joining the group, do come along on a Tuesday afternoon. Members of ASOC are always welcome to pop in and join in the fun. Each session fee is $5 which includes payment for the use of inks.
Ways with Watercolour
10.00am – 1.00pm
Convenor: Graham Skyring
It is not a class or a tutorial but a gathering of folk interested in painting with watercolour. Generally members choose their own subject for the day or may seek suggestions or guidance from a fellow WWWist. The idea of WWW is to share, enjoy and appreciate the diversity of each other’s talents and maybe, learn something new. Occasionally, professional artists are invited to advise, encourage and even inspire our members. Plein air painting does not suit everybody but on occasions we may take to working outside. All members are encouraged to enter ASOC’s annual exhibition in September. All are welcome. All you have to do is to join ASOC and contact the convenor. A $2 fee is charged each Wednesday.
1.30pm – 4.30pm
Convenor: Tim Hardy
This workgroup is for those who want to explore the potential of drawing as an art form through taking risks and experimenting. Drawing is the most powerful way of developing our ability to see. Drawing encourages us to be expressive. It also is a very effective means for trying out new ideas. Our work encompasses the rapid sketch to the more developed drawing form. Subjects for drawing are limitless, and the group includes both studio and plein air work. Group members are encouraged to use a wide range of media for mark making, including charcoal, pastel, pencil, ink and paints. We share our drawing skills and knowledge with other members, and to extend ourselves we can opt to take on challenging drawing exercises.
Art Up Late
Wednesday – Every Second Wednesday
6.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Convenor: Tracy Collins
A weekly social art group at M16 for Canberra’s young artists (18-38). Zero art skills required. BYO supplies.
You’re welcome to bring food and drinks. I highly recommend Griffith Vietnamese or Thai.
Note you are welcome to come along and try us out before signing up to ASOC.
9.30 am – 12.30 pm
Convenor: Libby Schick
0403 681 910
For all members. Beginners to experienced artists are very welcome. All mediums and subjects are covered in this workgroup. Help and constructive advice is freely available. This is a very friendly group which is already very well established. All are welcome.
Flora and Fauna
1.00pm – 4.00pm
Convenor: Gillian Bellas
Our group welcomes members who like to draw/paint any kind of animal, bird etc, and any kind of flora. So if you like to draw or paint any of these, in any medium, please join us. We might have some excursions to the National Botanic Gardens, the birdpark at Gold Creek, Black Mountain for orchids, the Zoo and elsewhere at times.
6.30pm – 9.00pm
Convenor: Alan Jones
This workgroup gives ASOC members the opportunity to paint and draw during the evening in a supportive environment. Members of the group will only use water-based paints and conventional drawing materials because the studio door needs to be closed. However, you are free to work on whatever project you like.
10.00am – 4.00pm
Convenor: Cheryl Parkins
0414 819 719
The ASOC Abstract and Experimental Group (the Friday Group) meets on Fridays in the ASOC Studio at the M16 in Griffith. A vibrant, friendly and supportive group, its members delight in exploring a wide range of techniques and media with a view to mutual artistic development. To date the group has held 5 successful exhibitions with many members holding individual exhibitions as well.
This workgroup is now full. The waiting list for this group is currently closed.
9 am – 12.30pm
Convenor: Anita Shooks
0428 919 843
For all members interested in painting in oils. Beginners to experienced painters are welcome.
Friendly support is available from other workshop members. Some plein air excursions may be undertaken with the agreement of the workgroup.
We meet each Saturday morning when the ASOC Studio is available.
1.30pm – 4.30pm
Convenor: Louise Spencer
This workgroup is now full. If you would like to be on the waiting list please contact the convenor.
For all members of all skill levels. This group is aimed at artists who have limited free time and will appreciate the time, space and support from fellow artists to follow their artistic passions. We meet in the ASOC Studio, when it available (fortunately this is most weeks). This is a very flexible group, so bring along whatever medium suits you, and work on whatever subject you like!