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Artists Society of Canberra

A supportive creative community for visual arts and artists, since 1927

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A supportive creative community for visual arts and artists since 1927


ACT Government COVID restrictions currently allow for maximum capacity in the studio.

Work stations will be set up in the studio, consisting of a table, chair, disposable cloths and cleaning spray. All equipment may be used but MUST be sanitised before returning to storage.

Signs will be placed around the studio reminding members of COVID responsibilities. No one is allowed to transfer through the studio i.e enroute to M16. The wearing of masks is still compulsory whilst indoors.

ASOC will provide cleaning and disinfectant products for members to use.

At the end of each session all workstations and equipment i.e. printing press, are to be wiped down, including the kitchen, kettle, door handles and CD player. Floors should be swept and the end of each session and mopped weekly as per monthly cleaning roster. The garbage bin should be emptied and wiped at the end of the day.

ASOC kitchen is open for individual use only with social distancing to be maintained. Members are to bring their own crockery, including mugs, food and drink, including tea, coffee and milk.

A Convenor or Deputy must be present each session to ensure protocols are adhered to. Members who are unwell should notify their Convenor and NOT attend their workgroup.

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Workgroups are operating in the ASOC Studio at M16 under the ACT Government’s conditions of social distancing and hygiene. A maximum of twelve members can be accommodated at any one time.

Untutored Workgroups are available only to ASOC members. These are held in the ASOC Studio D:
M16 Artspace
21 Blaxland Crescent
Griffith ACT

Workgroups cost $40 per for a 10 week term (for half day sessions), unless stated otherwise. Some workgroups hire models, etc which will be priced into the term costs.

Please note that as the ASOC Contemporary Workgroup runs across two sessions on Fridays it has a fee of $80 per 10 week term.

Specific Workgroup enquiries should be addressed to the Workgroup Convenor listed below. Workgroups are available only to ASOC members and payment of term fees is also to be made to the Workgroup convenor. 

Pastel & Pencils

9.30am – 1.30pm

Convenor: Ian Bignall

We are a group who all have some experience of working with the media of  pastel, coloured pencils, watercolour pencils, graphite and/or charcoal.  Our common interest is an enthusiasm for working with the different media and the different effects that can be achieved with underpainting, layering and using different coloured and textured papers and mediums.

We work on our own projects often using electronic and hard copy photographs as inspiration. We work together in the studio for about three hours on a Monday morning. On other days, some members meet to paint outdoors or do quick preparatory sketches for later more finished work.

 We share ideas and experiences and benefit greatly from the shared encouragement and honest feedback. Some members are interested in landscapes others enjoy still life subjects, portraits, animal subjects and floral arrangements.  We share framing and mounting tips and where to source materials and subjects. Some members display their work at exhibitions and others have decided not to exhibit.

We work in a safe environment to ensure our comfort and health by only using non-toxic and low-dust materials, working in a vertical format and not blowing the dust from our work around the room.

 Vacancies:  Yes

Life Drawing and Portrait Painting

1.30am – 4.30pm

Convenor: Sylvie Carter

This friendly, encouraging group alternates weekly between life drawing and portraits. Group members often comment on the mentally absorbing nature of the drawing process, and on the remarkable variety in our artistic responses to our models.

Participants use whichever odourless medium they prefer. Each session consists of a number of short poses and several longer poses. There is also time to look around and share our work, and we have an afternoon tea break to swap ideas or just have a chat.

In addition to the term enrolment fee, there is a model fee (currently $18 per week) that is usually collected in advance at the start of the term.

Vacancies: Yes

Inquiries from life and portraiture models are welcome.


Portrait & Life Drawing

10.00am – 1.00pm

Convenor: Jo Anne Pulko

0408 400 472

We alternate weekly between life drawing and portraits, with a number of short and long poses in each session. Artists of all levels are welcome and may use any odourless media. There is usually a choice to work seated or at a standing easel. There are opportunities to share our work and socialise, including a morning tea break. We are a friendly group and we enjoy occasional group lunches and gallery visits outside of our session times.

In addition to the term enrolment fee, there is a model fee (currently $18 per week) that is usually collected in advance at the start of the term. It is possible to pay the model fee in smaller instalments.

Vacancies: Yes

Inquiries from life and portraiture models are welcome.


Fun with Printmaking

1.30pm – 4.30pm

Convenor: Simone Doherty
0418 234 954

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.

Vacancies: Yes

Ways with Watercolour

10.00am – 1.00pm

Contact: Josie White
0403 239 664

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 ASOaC and contact the convenor. A $4 fee is charged each Wednesday.

Vacancies: Places are limited

Creative Drawing

1.30pm – 4.30pm

Convenor: Tim Hardy 
0427 369 117

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.

Vacancies: No

Waiting List: Long

All Comers

9.30 am – 12.30 pm

Convenor: Annette Rennie
6291 4212

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.

Vacancies: No

Waiting List: Short

Flora and Fauna

1.00pm – 4.00pm

Convenor: Gillian Bellas
6288 5041

We welcome any one who likes to draw/paint any form of animal or plant life in whatever style you choose; abstract, botanical, realistic or futuristic. All sorts of media are explored by different members of the group, though please no toxic solvents as some of us are allergic to them, and table easels only as stand up easels restrict the available space. We don’t have tutors but if invited we are happy to give advice, feedback and praise. We are a very sociable group and we have a lot of laughs but be prepared for the occasional bout of adult humour!

 Vacancies: Waiting List

Expressive Drawing

5.30pm – 8.30pm

Convenor: Jann Ollerenshaw

Being able to draw well is a fundamental skill for all artists.  Drawing enhances the ability to see, and is a  powerful means of expression. Spontaneity and directness are encouraged in the act of drawing.  All of these aspects of drawing are experienced in this workgroup through members sharing expertise and undertaking drawing exercises. As a result of the regular practice of drawing, members develop their understanding of its potential and experience its joys. The group welcomes anyone, no matter their level of drawing ability. 

 Vacancies: Yes

Waiting List: No waiting list


ASOC Contemporary

10.00am – 4.00pm

Convenor: Lynn Nicholas
0423 626 162 

The ASOC Contemporary Group is an enthusiastic, friendly and supportive group.  We enjoy exploring a wide range of techniques using various media with a view to mutual artistic development. We have held many successful exhibitions over the years and enjoy having this common focus to bring our individual skills and talents together.
We all choose our subject matter according to our own preference but swap ideas and give feedback within the group. Sometimes we sketch outdoors for extra inspiration or invite a tutor for the day. Our members are very generous with sharing their own experiences and will often give a demonstration using their newfound knowledge. We inspire and encourage one another.

Vacancies: Yes

Waiting list: Short

Saturday Oils

9 am – 12.30pm
Convenor: Trish Dillon


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.

Vacancies: Places are limited

Saturday Afternoon Allsorts

1.30pm – 4.30pm

Convenor: Katie Volter

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!

Vacancies: No

Waiting List: Short

Open Studio on Sundays

1pm – 4.30pm

$5 pp

Convenor: Dee Copeland or call 0417 656 173

This is a new workgroup for 2021. If you’re interested you need to book your place as soon as possible.

This workgroup has been created to increase access to the studio for those not already in a workgroup or are unable to attend weekly.

The aim is to encourage and enhance the creative development of artistic ability in all mediums, using safe practices.

  1. To enjoy the occasional plein air outings, weather permitting, thus exploring the ambience of Canberra and its surrounds.
  2. To engage with friends of like-mind in a casual and relaxed atmosphere, to assist artistic growth and to have fun!

Plein Air Calendar of Events Jun – Dec 22

Vacancies: Yes

Waiting List: None

ASOC Digital Workgroup

Days to be determined, either:
Sunday 9.30am – 12.30pm; or
Wednesday 5.30pm – 8.30pm

$5 pp payable on the day

Convenor: Judy Hutchinson
0402 886 520

This is a new workgroup for 2022.

The new ASOC Digital Workgroup is ready to start meeting.

This workgroup arose from members’ increasing interest in using digital media to create a diverse range of art. The focus of the workgroup will be collaborative exploration of various digital tools, including Procreate and other art apps for tablets/phones, as well as PC/Mac tools like Blender (3D), Photoshop, etc.

At each session participants will be able to discuss and display their current works in progress and seek tips and guidance on techniques from other participants. Occasionally, a participant might be asked or volunteer to prepare a short demonstration of a particular technique. The Studio limit is 12 and already through word of mouth twelve ASOC members have indicated their interest in participating. Other

ASOC Members are invited to express interest in joining the group’s waiting list and each session will be filled up to the limit by those able to attend at the time.

Vacancies: No
Waiting List: Yes



For general enquiries about workgroups please contact the Workgroups  Coordinator: