Current fees for our two day workshops start from $55 per day for members and $75 per day for non-members.  Please check the amounts for each workshop as these amounts are subject to change.  Preference is given to members.

Workshop times: Workshops are held on Saturday and Sunday. Please arrive at 9.15am for 9.30am start.  We finish at 4.00pm.

Workshop Location: The Entrance Community Centre, corner of Norberta Street and Oakland Avenue, The Entrance NSW.

To book a workshop please contact the workshop coordinator Irene Collings on

0418 868 225  or

Do not pay any money until you have contacted Irene and she has confirmed there is a vacancy.

Click here for the Workshop Application Form:  WORKSHOP BOOKING FORM

After your booking and payment has been confirmed you will be sent a materials list for each workshop.

Upcoming Workshops.

Jutta Chalk – Saturday 20 July and Sunday 21 July

Jutta: “My inspiration is found in nature’s glory. From the simplest flower to the grandest landscape to the wonders beneath the ocean, I have always been in awe of the natural beauty surrounding me. To capture this beauty in art form is truly a challenge. It leads me to endless experimentation with colour and texture, to reflect the light, colour, depth, mood and atmosphere I see in the world around me.”

Jutta’s artistic experience includes 18 years as a graphic artist and art studio manager. Further education includes an Advanced Diploma in Fine Art and Statement of Attainment in Printmaking from Wollongong TAFE. She has continued further training with published watercolour artists in Australia and France. From her Wollongong studio, Jutta is a practising artist and tutor specialising in watercolour. Jutta has exhibited in over 70 group exhibitions in the past 13 years and has won numerous Art prizes.

The workshop will consist of painting flowers on the first day and an underwater scene on the Sunday.



Julie Goldspink – Saturday 17 August and Sunday 18 August

Julie works in the area of traditional media but does a lot of experimenting in the area of Mixed Media, while she is probably best known for Watercolours. She likes to describe herself best as a Realist impressionist and doesn’t like to be governed by one style, medium or subject. Watercolours are wet into wet technique.
“Art is an addiction for me that never wanes, I hope to be able to enjoy painting and exhibiting for the rest of my life. As I travel around I realise that there won’t be enough years to paint all the scenes I see in this life time. I will have to be reincarnated for a few lifetimes, I am sure of that.”

“You have to be passionate and self critical about painting when your putting yourself on show. For the public and hopefully selling to people from Australia and overseas.”

“The love and magic of creating a new artwork lives in the soul, and in my case consumes every part of me plus every minute I can spare Then when I do get an opportunity I go off on another plein air painting trip, or another workshop to learn something new. As life is an eternal learning journey and my inspiration is born out of all the beauty of this world and not the ugly as we see portrayed in so many artworks these days.”



Madeleine Szymanski – Saturday 21 September and Sunday 22 September

‘All my life I have been involved with various forms of art, but fairly early on I discovered that it was people and their relationships which provided my greatest inspiration. I will never forget the excitement of having an Indian ink drawing of my little brother at the beach published in the national newspaper when I was nine!  I love the idea that it’s possible through line and colour to convey emotion and atmosphere that would be difficult if not impossible to put into words – this is part of our artist freedom and if it works it is a real joy!’

Madeleine trained in NZ and has been working and exhibiting in NSW since 1982. She was teaching at Ku-ring-gai Art Centre for twenty years, and has conducted various local, regional and interstate workshops in watercolour, collagraph and miniature techniques. Her working methods, particularly in printmaking and miniature watercolour have been developed over many years, and are quite original. Madeleine’s work often incorporates the figure simply as part of the whole composition but she has also been commissioned to paint portraits, usually of children and quite often as miniatures.

Madeleine has held more than a dozen solo shows and has exhibited widely in selective, municipal and regional exhibitions. Since 1990 she has won nearly 250 First prizes and many commendations for Watercolours, Printmaking and Miniatures, including several ‘Best of Show’. In 2012 she was announced as ‘Artist of the Year’ for the Combined Art Societies of Sydney. She has also had success outside of Australia – in the annual international exhibition of the Miniature Art Society of Florida she has won six top prizes, most recently for Watercolour and Printmaking.  She is the immediate past President of the Australian Society of Miniature Art (NSW).

Madeleine’s works are held in corporate and municipal collections as well as privately both here and overseas. They have also been acquired by several Australian Regional galleries.


This workshop will be an opportunity to use your watercolour skills in a smaller format and discover the beauty of the miniature!

This does not involve changing your usual style but simply adapting it to the size requirement of 90 cm perimeter. Although detail can be important, it doesn’t have to be ‘tight’, and any subject and approach can be used.

Demonstration will be using watercolour on paper and also on ivorine (a translucent substitute for ivory). Some ivorine pieces will be available for purchase if desired.

Working ‘small’ can be a nice change from the usual (and a big saving in materials!)

Her website can be viewed at

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