For workshop hire enquiries & other information contact Fiona or Vivienne on 4861 4093

Note:   All students, teachers and tutors in all courses must be financial members of the BDAS            

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Contact tutors to find out more information and to book directly into their classes. 

Open Studios

Studios 3 will be open to the BDAS members on Thursdays during the holidays from 9am until 4pm

Thursday 29 September
Thursday 6 October

All BDAS members are welcome!


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This is a chance to join other BDAS members in the holidays and to paint and draw in the studios.
These sessions are non tutored and you can come for the whole day or a morning or afternoon session.

2022 Weekend Workshops
Please scroll down through all the information below:

Listed below are upcoming weekend workshops at the BDAS in 2022

2 Day Upholstery Workshop with We Us and Stuff on

30 & 31 July


Intermediate to advanced Watercolour with Gillian Hook –

6 & 7 August

Acylics Bold and Bright with Mellissa Read Devine

13 & 14 August

Making Sense of a Place with Tara Axford -  20 & 21 August

Ink on Yupo with Tracey Miller - 27 August

Macro Floral Painting with Tracey Miller - 28 August

Collage Workshop with Tracey Miller -10 September

Beginners Art Taster with Tracey Miller -11 September


Life Drawing workshop with Noel Thurgate -  8 & 9 October 

Celebrating Spring with Peter Wale - 15 & 16 


And hopefully more to come...


©  above image by Noel Thurgate


Image by Mellissa Read Devine

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©  above image by Wayne Davis

©  above image by Kerry McInnis

©  above image from Tracey Miller's Macro workshop

Two Day Upholstery


with We us and stuff


3 & 4 September

Cost:   $440

Have some fun and learn new skills in this weekend Upholstery workshop.

You will bring and work on your own chair during the workshop, tuition is tailored to each individual project.  Cost $440 


Please email us at for further information and bookings.

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Collage Workshop
with Tracey Miller

10 September

studio 1

10 - 4pm

Cost $150 Most materials provided

In this one day workshop you will be guided by Tracey to create  at least two collages.


1   The first style will be based on black and white photocopied images that you bring from home. If you have any special papers or images that you want to use, please bring them. (See the Aviator and Boy in front of the House as examples).


2   The second collage will be based on an image that you like, so bring a copy of the image as your reference. (See Cockerels, and Seated Women as examples of the second style).


We will follow safe Covid 19 guidelines. You will need to be fully vaccinated and show proof of this before entering the studio.

Morning and afternoon tea are provided.



Beginners Art Tasker
with Tracey Miller

11 September

10 - 4pm

Studio 1

Cost $150 - most materials are provided

Experiment with a variety of mediums to create drawings and paintings. After an introduction about materials and subjects we will explore drawing using graphite and charcoal. Then we will use soft pastels on textured paper and conclude with an acrylic painting. 


Beginners will have fun learning about “how to see” for drawing and how to use art materials to create images on paper

Tracey will follow safe Covid 19 guidelines. You will need to be double vaccinated and show proof of this before entering the studio. Wearing masks is a personal choice. 



Life Drawing Workshop 

with Noel Thurgate


8 & 9 October

9:30am - 4pm

Cost:   $260 BDAS Members     $290: non-members  

Includes model fees for 2 days  

Discover the connection between the ‘character’ and the ‘face’


This 2 day portrait drawing class explores facial structure as

well as the body dynamics that give character and life to your subject.

Using basic mediums of pencil, charcoal and wash, participants will investigate their subject via the powerful and effective elements of line and tone.


Workshop begins with quick warm up sketches to explore general proportions and structures of the human skull, followed by a look at some compositional possibilities that the sitter and surroundings may offer; Day 2: more sustained and in depth studies of the head and/or whole or part figure.

Noel has been exhibiting and teaching for 30 years, including 9 years as head of the Drawing Department at the National Art School, Sydney

Contact the office to book into Noel’s workshop.  

To Book contact office:   4861 4093 or

©  above images by Noel Thurgate and students from his workshop

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Celebrating Spring 

with Peter Wale


15 & 16 October

10am - 4pm     -  

Cost:   $210 BDAS Members     $230 non-members  

Celebrate the beauty of Spring in this stimulating Drawing and Painting Workshop.


Express yourself using Coloured Pencils, Watercolour Pencils and/or Watercolour Paints.


Step-by-Step guidance will be provided using each of these well loved mediums and showing how theycan be combined for maximum effect. 


Lots of demonstrations and personal tuition will be given.


Both beginners and more experienced artists are welcome and will benefit.


Attendees are welcome to bring their own reference material, although this will be provided. The theme ofFlowers and Butterflies is optional. Other nature subjects may be undertaken

Contact the office to book into Peter's workshop.  

Book: 4861 4093 or

©  above  by Peter Wale

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Watercolour Workshop

for Beginners 

with Gillian Hook


19 & 20 November 

9am - 4pm

Cost:   $210 BDAS Members     $240: non-members  

Learning the basics of watercolour linked with specific exercises in colour, tone and painting techniques should help students gain confidence in tackling this interesting and exciting  medium. 


We will look at works of other watercolourists, discussing their techniques and painting

styles, which will help reinforce these basic principles.  Discover the excitement of the ”flow” & create fresh and vibrant work and finally painting subject matter, provided by Gillian, which should bring some good results!

Gillian has been exhibiting and teaching for 45 years and holds a B.A.VA. Dip Ed.


Contact the office to book into Gillian’s workshop.  

To Book contact office:   4861 4093 or


©  above images by Gillian Hook