3 Sundays workshop


10am - 2pm, Sunday 19 Nov, Sunday 26 Nov & Sunday 3 Dec 2017

Plein air painting at Kew Billabong.

In these workshops with Mark, you will learn about composition and structure, seeing and mixing colour and tone. You will work with positive and negative shapes, relating mark making to seeing (using patterning as a way of differentiating elements, clarifying spatial relationships, and generating visual interest and engagement). Build the paint surface (and avoiding muddying), maximise the expressive potential of each piece of work.  

Mark Dober combines demonstrating with his own painting; while giving everyone individual attention and assistance (including working on students’ painting.  Each session winds up with a discussion/critique of everyone’s work.

Participants will understand the organic link between seeing and painting when working plein air. Strategies for coping with the changing light. How to build the paint surface step by step without muddying the colour. Understanding that seeing is in some sense subjective, and our work will express our personal response to the subject.

To book your place

You must email us below plus send your payment (electronic funds transfer OR cheque).

Cost per participant is $180 (for HAS members), and $210 for non-members (this automatically confers a membership). Workshop fee must be paid in advance to secure a place. Places are limited.

We will send a reply email with confirmation and a materials list, within a week of receipt of your payment. Any further news closer to the date will also be emailed to those who secure a place.

Hawthorn Artist Society bank details BSB 063138 and Acct No 00901737 Please identify payment by name and membership number; or surname and initials and “Dober”

If paying by cheque, please identify the check in the same manner as per EFT. Please post your cheque to:
Hawthorn Artists Society
PO Box 37,
Hawthorn 3122

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Review of previous 2016 Workshop

Bolder goes bigger and brighter

This year’s Heather Betts workshop was the third for HAS and the first in collaboration with the Hawthorn Arts Centre, our new hosts. By combining with the Arts Centre we were able to run a much bigger workshop for 16 participants collectively doing over a hundred paintings.

The daylight was bright and wonderful and the room has great views over Hawthorn to the city for any hypothetical person who was not totally absorbed in the work and Heather’s demonstrations.

Amazingly she filled the space with her excitement and energy as she got around to each person to help them individually experiment with her approach to painting. She encouraged each one of us to take risks, be bold and trust in the process. She was there to unblock stoppers and suggest possibilities in our work, remarkably remembering up to ten works that each of us was concurrently developing and knowing when to call a piece finished.

Heather did her postgraduate degree in Berlin and has lived and worked in the land of abstract expressionism for a large part of the year for over twenty years. We get glimpses of her deep knowledge and experience in this area as she quickly, easily and positively recognizes our struggles and suggests a way forward and a way to ‘Let it go’.