Workgroups

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Untutored Workgroups are available to ASOC members. These are held in the ASOC Studio D:

M16 Artspace
21 Blaxland Crescent
Griffith ACT

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.

Pastel Explorers

Mondays
9.30am – 1.30pm

Convenor: Marie Betts
mmcbetts@optusnet.com.au

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.

Xperimental Xpression

Mondays
1.30pm – 5.30pm

Convenor: Sue Cook
susicook@tpg.com.au 
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

Tuesdays
10.00am – 1.00pm
$10 per session

Convenor: Jim Tweddle
jhtweddle@hotmail.com
6247 7769

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

Tuesdays
1.30pm – 4.30pm
$5 per session
Convenor: Simone Doherty
simonemdoherty@gmail.com
6259 2095

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

Wednesdays
10.00am – 1.00pm

Convenor: Graham Skyring
gwskyring@grapevine.net.au
6241 1036

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.

Drawing Creatively

Wednesdays
1.30pm – 4.30pm

Convenor: Tim Hardy
timahardy@hotmail.com 
6258 7178

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

trace89@hotmail.com

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. 

All Comers

Thursdays
9.30 am – 12.30 pm

Convenor: Libby Schick
schickelizabeth@hotmail.com
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

Thursdays
1.00pm – 4.00pm

Convenor: Gillian Bellas
gillianbellias@yahoo.com.au
6288 5041

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.

Night Owls

Thursdays
6.30pm – 9.00pm

Convenor: Alan Jones
alanjones@netspeed.com.au
6282 5085

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.

ASOC Contemporary

Fridays
10.00am – 4.00pm

Convenor: Lynn Nicholas
nichonline@bigpond.com

0423 626 162

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.

Saturday Oils

Saturdays
9 am – 12.30pm

Convenor: Anita Shooks

ALS-2@outlook.com

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.

Saturday Sessions

Saturdays
1.30pm – 4.30pm

Convenor: Louise Spencer
 louise.spencer666@gmail.com

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!