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" We are all Artists. 

We cycle to understand ourselves and others.

At life's core focus to living, we enjoy it "


Daytime & Evening 

  Studio Drawing

  & Painting 

Adults / 18+



TBA - No classes available at current

Class Overview & Values

This is an Adults - only class with a Structured Sequence of Focuses across Terms 1 – 4. 


New themes each term with continuum, technical learning & ‘character’ subjects. Interest spans: Wild Animals, pets, landscapes, still life, people & genre-responses. This is the ideal class for ‘fresh responses, inviting the exciting attributes of different styles, stocks and approaches’.






Art Dialogues


Each student must be committed in sustained studies ‘getting to know the medium and also subject’ instead of jumping around week to week or term to term. Basics to Beginners-Intermediate acquisition is an incremental and applied passage.


Certificates awarded at the end of the year for Participation in Studio Program.


Class Costs


$420 for a 10 week term of 2.5 hrs /

Concession available with Senior Card  


Enrolment includes the following Student Benefits:


·With Initial Enrolment: A2 Display Folio + A4 Learning Folder + A3 Sketchbook

·Student Membership Card

  Complimentary Participation in & paid entry to:

- Art Journey Days twice a year ( Structured Museum Outing & Art Experiences )

- Representation on Student Online Gallery.


Students are welcome to a complimentary Cuppa / Chai in class.


Studio Equipment includes: Painting Easels, Drawing Boards, Clips and other core equipment.   


Students use their own Materials and brushes, with access to Suppliers information and Select Materials available from the Sienna Art Space Shop.



Structured Aims

  • Students embrace the qualities of a variety of media over time to include:  Pencil, Charcoal, Soft pastel, Watercolour and Acrylic Painting/ Water-based Oils.

  • Students develop an informed understanding about technique, ideas and experience through creating art responses, focused dialogue and personal/ group reflection.

  • Students seek out and are guided through art appreciation looking at the Term Focus, aligning artworks and key practitioners across art and other creative media.

Erin also offers The Art Filament ( Diploma of Art) by distance. 

Works represented reflect Adult students' work as self-directed exercises and projects, either completed or in development.















































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Developing a Rapport 

    with Art Practice

"Rapport" is our routinised or connective allignment , with mutual appreciation. 

Hello art, I love you. 
No. (Hello art, you make me happy. I will be back. And yeah, just one more thing - as though you got stuck to the strings of the guitar ).

This is attachment, of an emotional "kind" ( Elasticity )

Art Practice lends itself to a much larger relationship, and its a really diversified construct to appreciation as to how it confides to define Artist-in-perspective and also viewpoints in self understanding in Relationship.

Every artist is different, therefore -

Art making recognises & fosters Conceived relationships to :

- Creative Output ( I make )

- I speak with Literacy & I respond to natural gravitation - with Literacy.  One Artist comes with an awareness, a developed connection to art-eutero & art-centric focuses. 

- I socialise in visual communication & I consume & process mechanism to life-integrated visual culture. 

- I cycle to understand myself & others. 

- At life's core-focus to living, I enjoy it. 

Pigments & Ethereal Substance

The Creative Artist – Materiality, aesthetics & visual culture

Pigments are “coloured powders” that are manufactured and come under three main types, based on sourcing & also transformation. 

For the Soft Pastellist that may love to create their own pastels, or the Oil Painter, working with bottle & tins, may work more economically through binding their own paints in liquid form. Pigments exist as ‘ready to buy’ pots and are great alternatives to the paint-tube buy (although convenient & preference to many) – the coloured powder allows us to explore & also consider wider – birth across Origins. 

Below are a Cross-section of Earthy Connections ( Red-browns ) with also some inviting historical lineage to the Resonance of Red Brown, Orange-Brown & Earthy Currents. The brown-primary foundation that is wash-based often begins as an image and built on with introductory tonal hues to surface 3d modelling over time.  For some this is a Vandyke brown, an umber-grey green or more redder-in appearance appreciation. 

1. Terra Rossa
Location: Italy  

Terra-Rossa is a slightly deeper-darker brown than the fiery red of Burnt Sienna. Terra-Rossa means “red soil” of the Mediterranean [ or ‘red earth’ ].

2. Sanguine
Location: Italy   

Leonardo da Vinci, amongst others have documented account imagery ( Science-based anatomical dialogues in book form ) that examine the Body in length as learning documentation based on Education & predecessors. The penciled form of the ‘Sanguine’ is a rich, yellow-orange to red brilliance with mid-tonality. It is quite soft in appearance and with white highlights is often still used in Italian Academies of Traditional Painting and used for rendering on medium, tonal papers ( studies of the human form ).

3. Burnt Umber
Location: Italy     

Name meaning ‘terra d ’ombra’. Heated Raw Umber becomes Burnt Umber. It is derived from Umbria, a mountain region in Italy. The term ombra ( meaning “shadow” ) is connected to the tonal-aspect of what is a deeper, duller brown.

4. Burnt Sienna
Location: Italy   

Burnt Sienna is the fired exponent of Raw Sienna ( It moves from an ochre (yellow brown) to a Red-brown oxide appearance similar to Brick-dust or Aged Rust. ( Siena is the Italian township in Tuscany ) 
Other terms related to Sienna as a pigment are those that closely follow as: Terra gialla ( yellow earth ) and Terra Rossa ( red earth ).

5. Venetian Brown
Location: Italy   

Also called ‘sinopia’. Associations include: Red coats (18th/19th Century British camp, Khaki replaced venetian red pigmentation in 1890.

4. Caput Mortum
Location: Rome   

Also known as ‘Cardinal purple’. In latin it is known as ‘dead head’, often called mummy-brown, nigredo. It has Gothic associations.

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