Artists’ Retreats

Windows on Wildlife

Award-winning artist, Denise Smith, is running a 2-day Artists’ Retreat at Warburton in February. The workshop will focus on wildlife subjects.

Aim: To take home a completed work, guided by Denise’s expertise in wildlife painting.

Date: 25 and 26 February 2016.

Venue: Oscar’s On The Yarra – 3185 Warburton Highway, Warburton.

Call 03 5966 9166 for details.

Sketching Workshop

Denise’s Sketching Workshop

On 14th February from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm, I am running a sketching workshop.

Venue: Crumbz Craft, 236 Maroondah Highway, Healesville.

Cost: $65.00.

In the first part of this workshop (at Crumbz Craft), I will talk about how you go about getting a drawing started, what to look for, how to simplify what you see.

After that, we will be sketching in the main street of Healesville, stopping here and there to grab a cup of coffee, and finding some interesting subjects to sketch.

The link to book is:

Denise Smith

Wanted – 2017 Demonstrators

A small, active Art Society in the Yarra Valley is looking for demonstrators.

Our enthusiastic members appreciate learning about the techniques of artists keen to pass on their talents.

If you enjoy sharing and showing your knowledge and skills, we would love to have you come and demonstrate them at one of our 2017 meetings.

If you are interested, and can help, or want more information about location, dates, fees, etc., please email me at:


Artists working in any medium are welcome.

The Society generally meets on the 1st Sunday of each month at Coldstream – 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.

Joy Brown

Arts Co-ordinator

Meeting February 2016

Date – Sunday 7 February 2016
Time – 1:30pm to 4:00 pm
Venue – Coldstream Community Centre, Kelso Street, Coldstream – Melways Map 281 B10

Demonstration – The demonstration this month will be given by Bev Hardidge, who will demonstrate working with mixed media.

Bev is a member of Yarra Valley Open Studios and Mount Evelyn and Yarra Valley Arts Society. She describes herself as “… mainly a self taught artist who has completed several short courses. I enjoy trying different styles of painting and experimenting with mediums and textures to create interest. I am inspired by what I observe on our property and surrounding environment. I also enjoy encouraging others to paint.”

This demonstration will be of interest to both beginners and experienced artists wanting to try the many different forms of mixed media techniques.

Entry Fees – Members – $6 Visitors – $7 (First meeting free)