15 July 2014

"Favourites" Exhibition

The Childers Visual Arts Group
Childers Visual artists work with a variety of mediums including ceramics and sculpture, as well as painting.  They have been showing their work for about ten years, with beginners starting their art activities all the time. 
This year the exhibition is a collection of the artists own choice.  They have been asked to choose the piece they have created during the previous ten to twelve months which they believe to be their best piece of work in that time. 
This was encouraging the artists to be self-critical and to make unbiased decisions about their own work.
Alice McLaughlin

13 July 2014

Watercolour Workshop

with Ross Driver

At this workshop, Ross will guide you through the use of white paper to produce a mountain snow scene in watercolour.

On day 2, mystery still life objects will be sketched in pen/ink and wash.

 The workshop will be held Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th July 2014 from 9.00am to 4.00pm  at the Godfrey Wilson Hall, Milden Street Gin Gin
Cost: $25 per day (includes morning and afternoon tea) Contact: Gwen Field 0402 573356

05 July 2014

Mosaic with Alice McLaughlin Workshop Review

During this two day workshop fifteen lucky ladies learnt about the art of mosaics and each one produced their own individual piece.

Some had a simple flat board, some had bowls or terra cotta pots to cover with a mosaic design which they had sketched on paper before-hand. One lady even brought along a satellite dish to cover the inside with a mosaic design. This piece will later become part of a larger art work for her garden.
Everyone was kept busy selecting and cutting the tiles in the colours they wanted and even using a hammer to smash up tiles into small pieces to fit into the design.  Other materials were used such as coloured glass, beads, buttons, broken mirrors and even hand -made tiles made from clay.

Alice explained the process of drawing up a design on paper to the size required then placing clear plastic over it and then a piece of insect gauze on top. We then glued the pieces of coloured tiles onto the gauze following the pattern visible underneath. When this was dry we then carefully lifted the gauze onto a board covered with tile cement and left this to dry overnight. Those who had round surfaces such as terra cotta pots or bowls  glued the tile pieces directly onto the surface with tile cement.
On the second day we mixed grout and smeared it over the tiled surface, making sure all the crevices were filled. Then with a sponge and rags the excess grout was wiped away to reveal our pattern neatly surrounded by the grout.

At the end of the weekend we were all pleasantly surprised at what we had achieved and were even working on another piece to finish at home.

27 June 2014

"Faces" Clay Exhibition

By Marsha Johnson
Marsha has always had an interest in art and dabbled some since the 80's but it wasn't until settling in Gin Gin, ten years ago, that she had the opportunity to become more serious about her artwork.  About five years ago, she was introduced to something wonderful -Clay!  With Alice McLaughlin as a mentor she has learned so much and continues to learn each week.
To express her love for working with clay, Marsha has decided to show an all sculpture exhibition for her first solo exhibition.  After studying unusual and unique expressions and facial features of people around her, she made a decision to create busts and masks in clay, limestone and Hebel and call it "Faces".
Marsha says that she has enjoyed creating each piece and hopes you enjoy viewing her exhibition and perhaps take a piece home with you.

10 June 2014

Lesley Perk Workshop Review

Everyone was looking forward to 2 days of exploration and discovery, and as you can see no one wasted any time and it was all go go go.


The first day was devoted to liquid textured backgrounds as used in Lesley's painting below.

Paint was mixed, water was sprayed and clingwrap/plastic sheet applied and they all went outside in the sun to dry.

While the panels were drying, Lelsey demonstrated her technique for painting a graduated sky in acrylic using pre-mixed colours.

Then it was our turn to start on the sunsets. Now I have to say for a room full of women who all love a chat, the silence was deafening, just the swishing of brushes!

Eventually the background panels were dry enough to take off the wrapping and the challenge began to use the serindipity that had appeared.

Here are some of the creations using the liquid texture backgrounds, and the graduated sky and sunset paintings.

Some of the participants were beginners, some had never worked with acrylics, but all agreed that it was a great workshop and cannot thank Lesley enough for sharing these techniques.

Workshop - Mosaics

presented by Alice McLaughlin

At this workshop, Alice will teach the art of mosaics and participants will produce at least one small piece which they have designed themselves.

 The workshop will be held Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th June 2014 from 9.30am to 4.00pm  at the Godfrey Wilson Hall, Milden Street Gin Gin
Cost: $25 per day.
Contact: Gwen Field 0402 573356

25 May 2014

Workshop - Beautiful Backgrounds & Sensational Sunsets

Acrylic Workshop with Lesley Perk
Learn a simple and easy way to create amazing backgrounds for your favourite subjects. Every one colourful - everyone different. Also paint a beautiful sky with acrylics is IS possible.

Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June 9am to 4pm at Youth Activity Centre, Tirroan Road Gin Gin.
Cost: $25 per day.
Contact: Gwen Field 0402 573356