Our Next Workshops available

We are very pleased that Ben Ryan and Tim Miller are able to provide 2 x 1 Day Life Drawing Workshops in November: “Foundations of Life Drawing”. With limited time and limited numbers we are expecting these to fill fast so book early to secure your spot.

Whatever stage of drawing you are at, Life Drawing forms a solid foundation to your ability to ‘see’ and to ‘represent’. We take, perhaps the most familiar of subjects, our own form, and learn how to see differently, to observe structure, light, line, tone… skills that are fundamental to our drawing of everything thereafter.

Our tutors come from quite different experience, but from similar ‘classical’ training to instruct and guide us through these 2 days. Each workshop stands independently if you only have time for one, but together they combine to form a solid foundation for your drawing practice.

Book here for Workshop 1 with Ben Ryan and here for Workshop 2 with Tim Miller.

Life drawing studio

Many thanks to all those who came along to the d’AIRY CReATivE on Saturday for the non-tutored life drawing studio. It was great to be back in the d’AIRY space. The next non-tutored life drawing session is scheduled for the first Saturday in September, 1:30- 4:30. Bookings are essential. Go to the classes/events section of the website to secure your place.

Well… that went well!

Like everyone across the world, our big plans for 2020 got messed around a bit.

Nevertheless we are keen to draw, and keen to get together as soon as we can reasonably and safely do so. We are planning to recommence the Atelier in August, with all the COVIDsafe measures we can put in place. Our studio can accommodate about 14 people by the 4m2 rule, but we don’t want to cram things and we want to make sure there is fresh, clean air for everyone, so we will be limiting classes to 10 participants plus tutor and model.

It is critical that you register in advance, and we will outline COVID policies for your agreement on booking. We will need to collect and hold some personal contact details for these purposes, in line with government policy, etc. We will, of course, only use such information for the purposes it is provided.

We have some exciting plans to build our partnership in the development of Art in the region, and we are excited about the growing interest in art that some time in isolation seems to be generating. Hopefully we can help you even begin a journey, pick up on a long held passion, or continue to hone well developed skills.

We are aiming to commence our non-tutored Life Drawing from the first Saturday afternoon in August, and monthly thereafter.

We are preparing for the return of Sally Ryan for another of her highly sought Intensive Workshop weekends in late August.

We are looking to collaborate with Bathurst Regional Art Gallery as they host the Archibald exhibition commencing 15th August. Watch this space!

Other parts of our earlier published program are being ‘worked over’ and we’ll let you know as soon as things settle.

Of course everything is subject to the challenges of COVID19 and we will operate a policy of full refund in the event that either government regulation, personal health, or due precaution mean that you can’t join us for any event you might have booked for. We will also be taking small steps of short-term commitment wherever practicable, and so we will rely on your support to maintain what reasonable commitment you can to assist the viability of the effort we will be making to serve you and your artistic endeavour.

Grab your charcoal, paints and credit card and head to the great offerings as they are re-established at Atelier d’AIRY CReATivE…

Summary of upcoming programs 2020

Finally, details of the 2020 offerings for the first half of the year.

Start with the summary and scroll through for further details on each event. Hope you find something you like.

Bookings will open soon.

DateDescription of offering
Sat 7 March, 1:30-4:30pmNon-tutored life drawing                 Cost $30                      Max number – 12Venue: Atelier d’AIRY CReATivE Booking essential: Please ring Chris Bloomfield on 0478 218 697 to book.
Sat 4 April, 1:30-4:30pmNon-tutored life drawing                   Cost $30             
Max number – 12 Venue: Atelier d’AIRY CReATivE Booking essential:
Please ring Margaret Hamilton on 0408 161 759 to book.
Sat 2 May, 1:30-4:30pmNon-tutored life drawing                 Cost $30                      Max number – 12Venue: Atelier d’AIRY CReATivE Booking essential: Please ring Chris Bloomfield on 0478 218 697 to book.
Mondays 10:00–1:00pm commencing Mon 4 MayThe art of drawing starts with seeing: an 8-week exploration into drawing-  
 Paddy Robinson & Bridget Thomas                                       Max number – 12    
Venue: Atelier d’AIRY CReATivE          Cost $430                           
For further information please ring Paddy on 0413 800 245 
Wednesdays 6:00-9:00 pm, commencing Wed 6 MayDrawing the Human form and colour: an 8 week focus on drawing and painting the human form – 
Tim Miller                                Max number – 12    
Venue: Atelier d’AIRY CReATivE          Cost $430
For further information ring Tim on 0413 037 436
Sat 9   & Sun 10 May, 10:00 – 4pmColour Light and Seeing for Artists painting the Landscape: a two-day workshop en plein air in the rural landscape – Tim Miller- Max number -12 Venue:Rockley Studio, 20 Long Street, Rockley.  
 Cost $250               
For further information ring Tim on 0413 037 436
Sat 23 May, 10:00– 4:00pmStart Your Life Story: a one-day Life Stories Workshop-Patti Miller
Venue: Atelier d’AIRY CReATivE     Cost $250.                 For further information ring Patti on 0404 506 423
Sat 6 June, 1:30-4:30pmNon-tutored life drawing –     Cost $30pp
Venue: Atelier d’AIRY CReATivE 
Booking essential: please ring Margaret Hamilton on 0408 161 759 to book.
Sat 20TH & Sat 27TH June 10:00-4:00pmColour Light and Seeing for Artists: a two-day exploration of colour theory  Tim Miller   Cost $250                                           Max number -12
Venue: Atelier d’AIRY CReATivE
For further information ring Tim on 0413 037 436
Coming soon Wednesdays 3:45–5:45pm, HSC Art Extension skills: an 8 week focus on the art of drawing Paddy Robinson & Bridget Thomas    Cost $280                         Max number – 12       
Venue: Atelier d’AIRY CReATivE                                               For further information ring Paddy on 0413 800 245

Scroll down to read a description of each class offerings or click the titles above for information and bookings

Un-tutored life drawing sessions

On the first Saturday of the month the Atelier d’AIRY CReATivE will offer a 3-hour un-tutored life drawing session from 1:30 – 4:30pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to get together with others who enjoy drawing from the model. This is a very relaxed afternoon.  The session will start with a few 5-minute sketches, followed by more extended poses.  After a break for afternoon tea the day concludes with a few of 20-30 minute poses, depending on the group’s interest.  

Cost $30 per person

For further information, or to book your place, please contact Chris Bloomfield 0478 218 697 or Margaret Hamilton 0408 161 759.

Drawing the Human form and colour – an 8 week course in life drawing and colour

Take the time to wind down in the evening, switch off and achieve new knowledge and skills. Tim Miller creates a relaxed environment where practicing artists and newcomers can develop, or refresh, their fundamental skills in life drawing and colour. Colour mediums add a new dimension to this offering.

The course will run on Wednesday evenings (6-9pm) for 8 weeks, commencing Wednesday 3 May, 2020

Course fee $430

Further information: ring Tim on 0413 037 436

Book here

Tutor: Tim Miller                         

Tim’s quiet enthusiasm for drawing is contagious. He is a very experienced artist and art teacher who is generous with his knowledge and very adept at supporting those keen to develop their practice.  He has a great knack for understanding where students may be having difficulty in their work and a great repertoire of practical approaches students might wish to consider using.  Tim’s work both as a teacher and artist have won him great respect in the national art community. He has been an occasional tutor at the  Julian Ashton Art School, and the Atelier Art Classesin Salisbury, Brisbane. He has taught in the higher education sector and offers tuition from his own studio. Tim’s work is represented in many public and private collections including The National Museum of Australia and Parliament House, Canberra.

This course offers a very practical approach to life drawing. Working from life models, plaster casts and skeletons Tim will guide students to observe the anatomical structure of the human form and provide guidance on using a range of linear techniques and mediums to produce tonal studies of the life form. The course will commence with a focus on the full torso, and then examine various parts of the human form (hands, knees, face, etc). The course will conclude with more expressive drawing in charcoal and mixed media.

Careful consideration will be given to the use of:

  • Line and placement                 
  • Proportion and direction
  • change of plane and form
  • perspective 
  • foreshortening
  • anatomy
  • properties of light
  • colour and rendering
  • composition and expression

The art of drawing starts with seeing

This course will be fun and relaxed and offer students the opportunity to develop the core observational skills and techniques necessary to set them on their own creative path. There will be plenty of opportunity to explore, experiment and get into the joy of drawing.

The course will run on Monday mornings (10am – 1pm) for 8 weeks, commencing Monday 4 May, 2020

Course fee $430

Further information: ring Paddy 0413 800 245

Book here

Tutors: Paddy Robinson and Bridget Thomas

Paddy Robinson and Bridget Thomas are very experienced artists and art teachers living in the Bathurst region. Both have extensive experience teaching creative arts in the higher education and private sectors. In addition, both are professional glass artists who have exhibited widely both regionally and internationally. Their work is held in private collections in Australia, America and Britain, in regional galleries and in the Powerhouse Museum, the University of Western Sydney and the Glass Centre Kamenicky Senov Czech Republic.  Their broad experience brings great      creativity to their teaching.

The course will be fun and relaxed and offer students the opportunity to develop the core observational skills and techniques necessary to set them on their own creative path. Students will learn how to think their way into the drawing process, to sketch form and create perspective, and to understand tonal variations, the quality of line and shading, negative space, and much more.   There will be plenty of opportunity to explore, experiment and immerse in the joy of drawing.

Beginner students- will be encouraged to try different ways of seeing and thinking about drawing, and to experiment with styles and materials while exploring this fundamental artistic medium. 

Intermediate students– will be supported to further their skills and drawing repertoire.  

Class structure: 

1. Basic shapes and vegetables

2. Still life

3. Round the room- continuous line

4. Corner of room using perspective

5. Negative space

6. Proportion of the human figure across the lifespan

7. Model- life drawing

8. Figures in composition

HSC Art Extension skills: an eight-week plunge into the art of drawing

The course will run on Wednesday afternoons (3:45-5:45pm) for 8 weeks, COMING SOON

Course fee $280

Further information: ring Paddy 0413 800 245

Book here

Two very experienced artists and art teachers, Bridget Thomas and Paddy Robinson, will offer high school elective art students the opportunity to further develop their core drawing and composition skills, and extend and invigorate their creative journey during this eight-week course. 

The classes will introduce different approaches to drawing relevant to the HSC curriculum, and experiment with styles and materials while exploring this fundamental artistic medium. Classes will provide extension activities in sketching form and creating perspective, and build participant understanding of tonal variations, the quality of line and shading, negative space, and much more.   There will be plenty of opportunity to explore, experiment and get into the joy of drawing.

Tutors: Paddy Robinson and Bridget Thomas are very experienced artists and art teachers living in the Bathurst region. Both have extensive experience teaching creative arts in the higher education and private sectors. In addition, both are professional glass artists who have exhibited widely both regionally and internationally. Their work is held in private collections in Australia, America and Britain, in regional galleries and in the Powerhouse Museum, the University of Western Sydney and the Glass Centre Kamenicky Senov Czech Republic.  Their broad experience brings great creativity to their teaching.

Colour Light and Seeing for Artists painting the Landscape

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of May 2020, 10am – 4pm 

Venue: Rockley Studio, 

Cost: $250

Further information: ring Tim 0413 037 436

Booking online at:          www.dairycreative.com.au/classes

An introduction to colour in the landscape via theory, demonstrations and practical application.  The workshop will investigate properties of colour, forms of colour, colour systems, colour mixing, colour harmonies, colour contrasts, colour constancy, colour in nature and seeing colour.

The sessions will be held in Tim’s delightful studio located in the historic rural village of Rockley and en plein air in the fields around.

Tuition is geared to the individual and you work at your own pace.

Medium; Pastel, or a medium of your own choice.

Tutor: Tim Miller                        

Tim Miller is a masterful painter and draughtsman. His understanding of light and the influences of light on colour is quite remarkable, and to my mind, place him alongside only a handful of artists who have interpreted the Australian landscape in a unique and convincing way”. (N.Leavey, Salisbury Atelier)

Start Your Life Story: a one-day life writing workshop with Australia’s leading mentor of memoir writers

A practical and inspiring one day Life Writing workshop for those who want to write the story of their own life, led by Patti Miller, Australia’s leading mentor of memoir writers.

Venue: d’AIRY CReATivE 

Cost: $250

Dates: 23 May, 10 – 4pm

Further information: contact Patti on 0404 506 423 or pmiller@lifestories.com.au

Booking here

The Life Writing course is designed for people who want to write the story of their own life. It is practical and inspiring course, with some reading and discussion and lots of writing exercises in an encouraging, creative and friendly atmosphere. It will help develop ways of getting started and continuing on, of accessing memory and of creating the texture of lived experience on the page.  It is open to everyone, beginners or more experienced writers.

The workshop will explore:

  • how to get started in your life story
  • how to access memory 
  • how to bring your writing alive with lively detail
  • how to reconstruct the 3D feel of life on the page
  • experiment with writing possibilities in a series of exercises 
  • read and discuss extracts from autobiographies 
  • explore the vast and exciting territory of memoir writing

Students should come ready to both write and to listen to others writing. Everyone will read their exercises in a welcoming, supportive and friendly environment.

Materials: Participants will need to bring their own writing materials (iPad or paper and pen). Each participant will be given a copy of Writing True Stories.

Tutor: Patti Miller grew up on Wiradjuri land in central western NSW. She is the author of  nine books, including Australia’s best-selling life writing texts, Writing Your Life,  The Memoir Book and Writing True Stories  (A&U) as well as a novel Child (A&U) and five memoir/narrative non-fiction books, The Last One Who Remembers (A&U) Whatever The Gods Do (Random House), the critically acclaimed The Mind of a Thief, (UQP) long and short-listed for a number of prizes, winner of the 2013 NSW Premier’s Prize for History, Ransacking Paris (UQP) and The Joy of High Places (NewSouth)  She writes personal essays and articles and is published regularly in national newspapers, magazines and literary and art journals. She has been teaching life writing around Australia since the first course at Varuna Writers Centre in 1991, and gives workshop in Paris and London each year. She gives, talks, seminars and workshops at festivals and writers centres around Australia.

Miller’s teaching draws naturally on her own experience as a writer.  The classes are warm and friendly and everyone will write several pieces during the class. Miller also works on manuscripts, more than fifty of which have been commercially published, including Vicky Laveau-Harvie’s Stella prize-winning, The Erratics, Jenny Kee’s A Big Life and Jessica Rowe’s  Is This My Beautiful Life. 

Colour Light and Seeing for Artists: an introduction to colour via theory, demonstrations and practical application.  

Sat 20th and Sat 27th June    , 10 – 4pm

Venue: d’AIRY CReATivE
                                  

Cost: $250

Further information: ring Tim 0413 037 436

Book here

This is an introduction to colour via theory, demonstrations and practical application.  The course will cover; properties of colour, forms of colour, colour systems, colour mixing, colour harmonies, colour contrasts, colour constancy and seeing colour.

This course will be beneficial for people interested in painting, photography, computer imaging design and lighting.

Medium: watercolour, gouache, or pastel.  A material list will be provided.

Tutor: Tim Miller                         

Tim Miller is a masterful painter and draughtsman. His understanding of light and the influences of light on colour is quite remarkable, and to my mind, place him alongside only a handful of artists who have interpreted the Australian landscape in a unique and convincingway”. (N.Leavey, Salisbury Atelier)

We’re on it… and will get back to you asap!

Dear Fans of the Atelier…

we know you will be wondering “what’s on for 2020?”

We have been working on a great program of studios and Workshops… we’re just trying to get it right and, importantly, sustainable. We don’t want to get you all excited about things we plan and promise if there is a risk that we can’t deliver or continue to deliver into the future.

How you could help

If you have strong feelings, or just niggling thoughts about what you want to do at the Atelier, how much it should cost, who else could enjoy it with you, or how we might expand the offering to best use our resources, then please drop us a note with your thoughts.

Our prime objective is to continue to promote Fine Arts in the Bathurst region, valuing the participants (artists, tutors, models, volunteers, promoters) and the product so that the community and culture of Art flourishes.

Portrait Workshop with Sally Ryan confirmed for Friday 29th November – Sunday 1 December 2019

We are pleased to confirm that the 3 day portrait Workshop with Master tutor, Sally Ryan, Australian painter and portrait artist, will be running again this year. The workshop will run from 10- 4pm each day from Friday 29th November – Sunday 1 December.

Participants will develop a single painting of the portrait from life. Working directly onto the canvas with paint, the portrait will initially be ‘blocked in’ and then carefully modelled over an extended period. All aspects of this process will be discussed and demonstrated with individual instruction given. The focus will be modelling form, colour mixing for painting flesh and paint handling.Some experience with drawing and painting is desirable but the workshop is suitable for all levels.

Sally is a member of Portrait Artist’s Australia and teaches portraiture and figure painting at Julian Ashton Art School. Sally’s style can be described as contemporary realism.

What is included:  Tuition, model, morning and afternoon tea.  Easels are available. Please let us know if you require assistance to identify accommodation. A broad range of options are available both in town and in the surrounding countryside.  

Where are we?  The d’AIRY CReATivE Atelier is located on the corner of Bentinck & Princes St BATHURST. It is a three story building that has a fascinating history. It was constructed in 1904 to serve as vegetable cooling rooms to service the Bathurst markets. Later in the 20thcentury it served as the cooling room for Dairy Farmers.  After an extended period of neglect the building is being brought back to life by an architectural firm, committed to retaining the historical features of the construction. The Atelier is located on the top floor of the building.

Enrol now: To book your place please go to the Classes, Events tab at the top of the page.

Further information and the materials list will be made available shortly.

Commencing in August

  • Focus on Still Life Drawing and Painting -8 weeks of weekly 3 hr tutored classes – cost for 8 weeks $400

Tutor: Tim Miller

Two classes will be on offer.
The Monday afternoon class will run from 1:00 – 4:00pm commencing Monday 12 August.

The Tuesday evening class will run from 6:00 – 9:00pm, commencing Tuesday 13 August.

COURSE STRUCTURE

4 weeks: Drawing Still Life

This will use objects/ casts and will cover:

  • line
  • placement
  • proportion
  • direction
  • change of plane and form
  • visual perspective (1,2 and 3 point) and aerial perspective and foreshortening
  • properties of light
  • rendering
  • composition

4 weeks: Still Life Painting
Tim will provide demonstrations/instruction in using oils, water colour and gouache. Participants can choose which medium they wish to work in.

Non-tutored life drawing session Sat 6 July, 2:00-5:30pm at d’AIRY CReATivE

The next non-tutored life drawing session at the d’AIRY CReATiVE will be held on Saturday 6th July, 2-5:30 pm. If you are keen to come along please email Margaret to confirm your interest, maggie2705@icloud.com , or call 0408161759. All welcome.

Please note: This month we will ask our model to wear clothes while sitting. It is warm up in the studio, but not warm enough to keep our model comfortable without them.

Focus on Painting Classes are running on a Monday afternoon, 1-4pm.

COURSE STRUCTURE Week 1: Drawing for Still Life painting Weeks 2-3: Still Life Painting Using water-based oil and/or watercolours and will cover: painting method colour mixing hue, value and chromao colour systems seeing colour and light Week 4: Drawing for Life Painting Week 5-8: Painting the Human FormWill cover: composition colour of the lighto colour and form.