Art Classes: Winter Art at Wyreena

If you missed out on this year’s Winter Art you may like to browse through the classes I have coming up over the next few months on the Art Classes page


Shake off those winter blues and spend a few days making art

INTRODUCTION TO PASTEL; STILL LIFE with Janet Hayes. This day will start with a demonstration which you can follow along step by step. Work from a choice of still life or your own reference material to create a unique pastel artwork. Janet will guide you individually with helpful information and tips.  Soft pastel or oil pastel. Saturday, July 6, 10am - 4pm (Materials list) Beginners to intermediate

PORTRAIT with Janet Hayes.  Working from life to create a portrait, Janet will demonstrate a pastel portrait during the Sunday session which you can follow along with step by step and will guide you through this challenging subject to create a finished portrait with a believable likeness. Monday will continue the pose so that more finish can be achieved or a fresh start from a different angle can be worked on. Create in soft pastel, acrylic, or oil pastel using a limited palette or full colour. Book for one or both sessions; Sunday and Monday, July 7 & 8, 10 am - 12.30pm (Materials list) (includes model fee)   Suits all levels of ability


LIFE DRAWING with Janet Hayes. Short and long poses; use these sessions to enhance your skills or learn the basics of life drawing from an artist who has specialised in figurative artwork. You will be able to create several life studies and some finished life drawings working from a live, nude model. Great for improving your art skills, creating life drawings for a folio (Janet can guide you to create sketches for VCE Studio Arts, course or art employment application folios) Create in charcoal, soft pastel, acrylic, or oil pastel using a limited palette or full colour. 2 sessions Sunday and Monday, July 7 & 8, 1.30 - 4pm (Materials list) (includes model fee)   Suits all levels of ability

Still Life Demonstration

Still Life Demonstration

Portrait Demonstration

Portrait Demonstration

Life drawing sketch (detail)

Life drawing sketch (detail)

Officeworks "Love to Learn" Video Shoot, from my Pastel E News Issue 43 December, January 2018/19

My oil pastel tutorial video shoot Recently I had a video crew in my studio to record an oil pastel demonstration for Officeworks YouTube series of art tutorials. It was such an awesome experience, they videoed for about 4 hours to record two 5 minute videos on sketching a portrait in charcoal pencil and creating an oil pastel portrait.

The team loved the idea of working from life and were fascinated by the process and watching the portrait appear. I have created 100s of portrait demonstrations- so that part was relatively easy, talking into a camera was more challenging. Why oil pastel? That's what they asked for and I think it's easier for beginners- it can be blended a little easier and it doesn't smudge as much in the hands of beginners.

I've enjoyed working with oil pastel. Although it has a greasy texture it is very similar to soft pastel. I have a beautiful new box of artists quality Sennelier oil pastels which I love almost as much as my Sennelier soft pastels.

Picasso helped Sennelier develop oil pastels with Henri Sennelier in 1939. It was during the war years in Paris and Picasso was having a hard time getting art materials and wanted an oil stick he could put on any surface. Earlier, in the 1920s, oil pastels had been created in Japan to be used in school art programs.

The 'Love to Learn" charcoal portrait sketch and oil pastel portrait YouTube tutorial videos will be online in January 2019. I have also created in-store tutorials; introduction to oil pastel portraiture free sessions that will be run in Officeworks

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Summer Art 19

I’m pleased to announce the program for Summer Art 19.

Gift Vouchers for the program or private classes are available now

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