From Sketchbook to Canvas

Oil or acrylic
M16 Artspace

Studio B

21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith ACT 2604

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Cancellation/Refund Policy

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31 October–1 November 2020


Tutor: Val Johnson




Students will create a drawing from a photo of their choice, or use drawings done previously in sketchbooks, or do an interior drawing in the studio or through the window, and then use that drawing as reference for a painting. 
Students will plan a composition and work out colours on the drawing.
This will be used for a painting on canvas.
Samples will be shown and demonstrations given.

Create a painting from a preliminary drawing, focusing on composition and colour.

About the tutor

Val is a Fellow of the Royal Art Society of NSW. She studied Commercial Art at East Sydney Tech, and furthered her studies in life drawing, still life and portraiture at the Macquarie Art School and printmaking at Mitchell College Bathurst. Moving to Canberra in 1995, she attended Open Art Courses at the National Art School. Val has tutored at the inaugural ASOC SAE in Canberra and at the USQ arts retreat, Toowoomba, QLD. She has given a number of demonstrations and workshops in the ACT and interstate. She exhibits widely, and has won many awards for her work. Throughout her career Val has had a number of joint and solo exhibitions in ACT, NSW & QLD. Val loves to travel, and many of her solo exhibitions are based on those travels. Val is presently involved in taking artists on art tours in the outback.

Cancellation / Refund Policy

If you find you are no longer able to attend:
Please advise [email protected] ASAP so we can notify the next in line.
Please include your name and the name of the workshop/event.
Refunds will be given at CAW’s discretion, if:
The participant withdraws from the event or workshop at least 14 days prior to commencement.
The place can be filled by someone on the waiting list.
The workshop is cancelled by CAW.

Materials list

  • 2B pencil
  • willow charcoal medium stick
  • watercolour or inktense pencils- (to plan the colours on your sketch)
  • A3 sketchbook
  • your usual painting equipment
    • oils or acrylics
    • brushes ( at least one large brush 8-10 for blocking in big areas)
    • mediums, odourless turps
    • rags, containers etc
  • stretched canvas: rectangular at least 46×60 cm, or square 50×50 cm or 60x60cm
  • a selection of photos- any subject matter, or bring a sketchbook that you have done some drawings in that you could use for a painting, or you can do an interior of the studio, or a scene through the window.

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From Sketchbook to Canvas Workshop (203)

BOOKING FORM This workshop has a limit of 9 students to ensure the quality of instruction. Payment includes model fee & refreshments. BYO lunch.