Upcoming Workshops

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ASOC/CAW Workshops for 2017

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For CAW registrations see end of page

ASOC & CAW have an exciting range of tutors for 2017 as you can see below.

As workshops become open for registration a detailed description follows the summary table.

New workshops are added as they become available so keep an eye out for updates to this page.

Chan Dissanayke: Watercolour WatercolourCAW29-30 April 17$280 Members
$350 Non-members
Louise Corke:
Position in Space
PastelsASOC14 May 2017$100 Members
$140 Non-members
Ilona Lasmanis:
Mixed media
Print & Mixed MediaCAW20-21 May 2017$190 Members
$235 Non-members
Amanda McLean:
Interpreting the Elements of Landscape
PastelsASOC3 & 4 June 2017$170 Members
$210 Non-members
Suzanne Moss:
Colour like a champion
TBACAW17 June 2017$185 Members
$234 Non-members
Chan Dissanayke:
Extending Watecolour (Intermediate to Advanced)
WatercolourASOC4th, 11th, 18th & 25th July 2017TBA
Julie Bradley:
Mixing it up: mixed media, collage, drawing & stencilling
Mixed MediaCAW29 & 30 July 2017$222 Members
$278 Non-members
April Chung:
Silk Art/Painting
Silk PaintingASOC2, 9, 16 & 23 July 2017$220 + $160 kit Members
$260 + $160 kit Non-members
Jo Hollier:
Collagraph with Jo Hollier
Collograhic WorkshopASOC3 & 10 September 2017TBA
Kerry McInnis:
Be Brave 2
Mixed MediaCAW16 & 17 September 2017$276 Members
$345 Non-members
Tim Hardy
Seeing Through Drawing
DrawingASOC8 & 15 October 2017$100 Members
$140 Non-members
Denise Lithgow:
Sculptural Felting 3D Vessels
FeltingCAW22 October 2017$180 Members
$230 Non-members
Michael Winters:
The Portrait: from Paint to Line
Drawing/PaintingCAW4 & 5 November 2017$276 Members
$345 Non-members
Ilona Lasmanis:
Monotype Printing
PrintingCAW1 & 2 December 2017$230 Members
$285 Non-members

Louise Corke: Position in Space

Amongst the Trees Louise Corke

How wonderful to be able to have our viewers drawn into our landscape paintings and have them feel that they are actually in that space not just looking at the scene in front of them. Equally brilliant would be that of having our viewers believe that the still life painting before them actually possesses a reality that enables the objects within to be so real they could be picked up.

“Position in space” is looking at the challenge of establishing depth and 3-D form in a painting.

In this workshop day we shall cover an introduction to some of the principles of 3 dimensional forms as well as the idea of establishing a clear understanding of where the various elements of the painting are positioned (forward, middle ground, distance) and how to paint this position.  Subject matter could be some still life plus landscapes.


  • Observe positioning examples in paintings
  • Observe positions in reality compared to photos
  • Consider the artistic tools required to portray these positions
  • Complete two small exercises to reflect our discoveries
  • Apply this knowledge to a ¼ sheet artwork in the afternoon session

About Louise:

Louise Corke is a professional artist, focusing on pulse and meaning in her art to express a conversation of respect between her and the subject matter. She teaches regularly in her Studio and around Australia and overseas to fulfil teaching duties. Pastel, introduction to oils, portraiture, art foundations and creative play lessons are laced with supportive encouragement. Louise has been awarded over 75 prizes and has been published numerous times in Australian, French and USA publications and showcased on the Colour in Your Life TV series. Her work is found in both public and private collections around the world.

Amanda McLean: Interpreting the Elements of Landscape

  • Pastel – Beginners to Advanced

    3 & 4 June 2017

    10am – 4 pm

     ASOC Studio at M16 Artspace

    $170 ASOC/CAW Members

    $210 Non-members

  • We are very fortunate to have multi-award and prize-wining artist Amanda McLean returning in 2017 with an exciting new workshop. Amanda is a popular and highly regarded tutor so get in quick for this one.

    In this enjoyable two-day workshop, Amanda will guide you through some of the major elements required to enable you to paint beautiful landscapes in pastel. The workshop will also assist you to avoid common pitfalls and problems. We will look in depth at painting Skies, Clouds Trees, Water and Grasses.

    Amanda McLean is a highly-regarded artist who has been exhibiting for around 30 years and teaching for over 20 years. She has been a regular contributor to Australian Artist and International Artist Magazine for many years. Her broad knowledge of the pastel medium has seen her contribute to developing paper and Pastel colours, and to test new products under development. This includes a new range of Australian pastels due for release in 2017.  She is recognised for her sensitive interpretations of the local landscape especially her skies and water. Her work is held in collections both nationally & internationally.

Tim Hardy: Seeing Through Drawing

Drawing Workshop

Beginners to Advanced

8 & 15October 2017, 10am – 4 pm

 ASOC Studio at M16 Artspace

$100 ASOC/CAW Members

$140 Non-members

We are thrilled to have multi-award and prize-winning artist Tim Hardy coming to ASOC in October 2017 with an exciting drawing workshop

Drawing is the most powerful way of learning to see objects more fully, and that is the focus of this workshop running over two days on consecutive Sundays. The first session is studio based, with a plein air workshop a week later.  The workshop should enrich your work whatever your subject and whatever medium you employ. The workshop is especially suitable for those at beginner and intermediate levels of drawing experience.

 I:  Studio Session

We will do a series of challenging and fun exercises which will include contour drawing, capturing gestures, and creating tonal drawings. You will be encouraged to create lively sketches that capture the essence of various objects.  We will use a variety of drawing media, including pencil, charcoal and ink.

II: Plein Air Session

The plein air workshop is focused on seeing a landscape more fully, and builds on the activities of the first workshop. A series of techniques in drawing a scene will be demonstrated, and then you will be assisted in drawing landscape subjects of your own choice.  Aspects of composition will also be considered.  Your plein air sketches can be used and combined as the basis of a more controlled drawing.

About Tim

Tim Hardy is passionate about the value of drawing, and is a multi-award winning artist, including a number of first prizes for his drawings and pastels. Earlier this year Tim was artist-in-residence at Tasmania’s Cataract Gorge.Tim is a very giving and sharing tutor and also convenes the popular ASOC workgroup, “Drawing Creatively”.

Chan Dissanayake
Watercolour Impressions
Sat‐Sun, 29‐30 April 2017
10am ‐ 4pm
CAW Studio, 21 Blaxland Cres, Griffith ACT

$280 members

$350 non‐members

Workshop Description

If you enjoy the challenge of producing loose, bold and free watercolours, then this is for you. There will be many step‐by‐step demonstrations tackling rural landscapes, urban cityscapes to coastal seascapes. Beginner and experienced painters are
welcome, and all will receive personal attention and encouragement.

Learn how to create depth, incorporate figures, connect shapes, control edges and how to exploit the medium to create
magical effects. The truly magical qualities of watercolour can best be demonstrated in portraying atmospheric effects such as
mist, rain and fog. A variety of subjects will be painted including a typical misty Australian landscape with gum trees as well as a
cloudy /rainy scene with limited palette and muted colours. Learn the various stages of wetness of the paper and paint to
water consistency in creating these effects.

A session will be devoted to rendering the human figure in watercolour. Working from the initial drawing, learn to
reveal the figure of the subject through washes without labouring over all the details. The workshop covers colour mixing
fundamentals in matching skin tones and compositional designs to incorporate crea􀆟ve backgrounds.

About Chan

Chan Dissanayake is a multi-‐award winning watercolour artist living in Canberra ACT. He is well known for inspired
demonstrations using a quick and direct approach to watercolour. He conducts regular workshops throughout Australia and is
a highly regarded and popular tutor.

His bold and free style in watercolour has won many awards including the Agricultural Heritage Prize and Champion Exhibit at
the Royal Canberra Show in 2013 as well as many Best of Show and People’s Choice Awards. He is a regular contributor to
publciations such as Australian Artist and Artist Palette magazines and his works are highly sought after in local and regional
galleries. View Chan’s work on his website: h􀆩p://www.chandissan.com.


Registration is Open Register by sending your name, membership status, amount to pay and all contact details to
eventscaw@gmail.com. Reference CHAN Workshop as Subject. Successful applicants will be emailed payment details, others
will go on wait list, until registration is closed. A Materials List will be sent on receipt of payment.

Ilona Lasmanis Harness the Power of the Sun Solar Plate Printmaking

  • Sat-Sun, 20 ‐21 May 2017
    10am -4pm
    CAW Studio,
    21 Blaxland Cres,
    Griffith ACT
    $190 members;
    $235 non ‐ members
  • Workshop Description

    Learn the art of solar plate prinmaking (photpolymer) using both your own original artwork and photographs. Create an image on an etching plate within minutes without the need to use traditional toxic materials. (Materials are included in the price.)

    This completely unique form of printing does away with all the hazardous chemicals. At the end of the workshop you will have a finished artowrk ready to print. The workshop is suitable for both beginners and more experienced printmakers.

    About Ilona

    Ilona Lasmanis is a professionally trained art educator with over 40 years experience. She is enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge of visual art with both inexperienced and experienced artists. Ilona is a Strathnairn Studio Holder.

    In her own practice Ilona is a prinmaker and mixed mediat artist. She is a frequent exhibitor in Canberra and at the Art Vault in Mildura.


ASOC is pleased to announce a series of Special Workshops and other events jointly convened with the Canberra Art Workshop (CAW).

Members of either CAW or ASOC can now register in either organisation’s workshops at the membership price. Above is a combined list of proposed workshops for 2017. Keep an eye on each organisation’s website for details and regular updates of their events.

Registration forms are available from the CAW and ASOC websites. Carefully read and follow the instructions for submitting the appropriate form to the hosting organisation. CAW and ASOC will independently process their own workshop registrations.

At this stage the collaboration applies to paid workshops, lectures, etc. It does not apply to exhibitions.

Any queries should be directed to the ASOC Workshop Coordinator or the CAW Workshop Coordinator