Monday, 14 January 2019

Art Classes - Hamilton Road Studio 2019




It’s the beginning of a new year which is a good time to start a new challenge. Perhaps it’s time to learn a new skill or develop a talent that has been left on the back burner for too long.
If you have always wanted to learn to draw and paint, there’s no time like the present. 

I have been teaching in my Studio on Hamilton Road, McDowall for the last eight years. Teaching has been so rewarding, I love seeing the people who attend my Studio grow and develop as artists. The classes are designed for both beginners and experienced artists alike. The classes are small with a maximum of six people in each class. The small size allows for individual tuition as well as the opportunity to work in the medium of your choice. 

I strongly believe that artists should follow their own direction and find personal inspiration. I encourage them to find their own voice rather than producing work that looks exactly the same as the rest of the class. I work with each artist to assist in finding what they want to paint and how to plan the design of each work.

While my methods of teaching may not suit everyone, especially if you like to be given a set plan to follow. Doing your own thing can be a little confronting - you do have to come up with your own ideas but will do so with my guidance. After a short while, the artists soon start producing unique artwork.

Weekly classes


Wednesday  6.00 pm -   9.00 pm - fully enrolled for 2019
Thursday      9.00 am - 12.00 pm - space available 
Friday           9.00 am - 12.00 pm - space available 
Saturday      8.00 am - 11.00 am - space available 

TERM DATES 2019

Term 1  Wed 23 January - Sat 6 April
Term 2  Wed. 24 April - Sat. 29 June
Term 3  Wed. 17 July - Sat. 21 September
Term 4  Wed. 9 October - Sat. 14 December
  • Tuition in drawing, watercolour, acrylics and oils is offered
  • During each class there will be some demonstration of technique as well as individually mentored tuition.
  • Classes are small (Max 6) so each participant can work in their chosen medium and at their own pace.
  • Students should preferably be prepared to enroll for a term (usually 10 weeks)
  • Fees are $36.00 per class, paid at the beginning of term - single payment; or two payments during the term. Payment can be by bank transfer, cheque or cash.
  • Credit card facilities are available - Surcharge applies.
There are often blocks of a few weeks at a time when regular artists take holidays.

Please contact me at info@carolleebeckx.com for Studio Terms and Conditions.

Monday, 7 January 2019

The days in between...

Christmas is over. We’ve opened the presents and eaten the turkey. We have packed away the Christmas decorations and although it is only a few days into January, some shops, believe it or not, are advertising Hot Cross Buns - really? 

The New Year has dawned but it has not really begun. Many people are still on holiday. We fill the days in between with making plans, creating goals, and looking at ways to improve our lives. 

In reality, it’s best to just do something. Anything. And then do another thing and then do something else. 

I have been doing precisely that with this little series of watercolour portraits. 
A simple graphite drawing - then a light wash of watercolour - then some detail and deeper values for a bit of drama. 

















Commissions

Should you wish to have a watercolour painting of  your precious pooch or kitty I would be delighted to undertake a commission. 
Please contact me on info@carolleebeckx.com for more details.

Sketchbook

The sketchbook I am using is a new one for me which I found at Art Shed Brisbane. It’s by Kunst & Papier and at 160gsm it is a little too light for very watery washes but I don’t mind a little buckling in a sketchbook. I do like the size and format, and since it’s hard cover it is good for plein air sketching. (More of those in another post)

The doggy muses are all courtesy their owners on the Sktchy app. 

Monday, 10 December 2018

Eight years in Australia!

Today, eight years ago, I arrived in Australia from South Africa. The years seem to have passed by quickly, although as one ages each year seems to pass faster and faster. Perhaps it’s because we want to cram as much as we can into each day. Looking back at previous posts, I found this one written at the 5 year mark.  It sums up much of my current feelings. 

My years here in Brisbane have been happy and fulfilled. The classes are well supported and artists have been attending my Studio a few years. In fact, one student has been here from the very beginning. 

Not only have the classes enabled me to support myself, but teaching has given me a very fulfilled life. I love teaching. I achieve so much satisfaction seeing creativity blossom and grow. Frequently, someone will join a class never having done any drawing or painting for some years, often as far back as their schooldays. After a few hesitant lessons, a quiet confidence emerges and lovely work is produced.

An added bonus is that the artists who attend the Studio have become friends - to me and to each other as well. Creating a nurturing, supportive environment in the Studio has been one of my main aims.

As I write this, I am recuperating at my daughter’s after successful surgery last week. I am doing well and trying to behave and take it easy. (Not being allowed to drive for six weeks will be a challenge)

Thank you all so much for your friendship and support. 



The lovely Hannah from Sktchy. Portrait using Procreate