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At Last! Coochie Art Group paints Again!!!

Coochie Art Group is delighted to announce that Term 4 classes will resume in the Coochie Hall, now that the Covid restrictions have been lifted to 30 people in a gathering! We will be finishing the year in first class style, as we were lucky to secure prize-winning, Master Pastellist, Louise Corke, to tutor us. Louise is another of our favourite tutors, – a brilliant artist, highly-effective and encouraging tutor and all round delightful person. Louise’s first class will be Tuesday, 13/10/20. Other class dates are 27/10, 10/11, and 24/11. For her first class, Louise will be Focussing on Tone, – what it is, why it matters, and how to use it practically. Louise’s Material List ( minimal ) and class program will go up on this website next week. Can’t wait to be back painting!!
Visitors are always welcome, as long as space in the Hall permits. For more information, please contact Gail at 0429 174 818 or gail.mccallum@bigpond.com

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Hilary’s Class 25 August Cancelled – Covid restrictions.

Coochie Art Group has been disappointed to have to cancel popular tutor, Hilary Wakeling’s 2nd Acrylic class on 25th August. The Covid restrictions on attendees mean the class had to be cancelled. Hilary was to have taken us through the delights and intricacies of designing and painting an abstract painting, a mystery to many of us. We hope to be able to reschedule another class with Hilary and will post on this site, when possible. Stay safe everyone!

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Coochie Art Group at RPAC!

Coochie Art Group members were warmly welcomed back to RPAC on Wednesday 12th August, to hang a wonderful display on the art walls. Members have selected some of their favourite, best works and the whole display, on both levels, looks magnificent! Most works are for sale, and contact information and a Catalogue is available on the Coochie Art Group table, opposite the entrance, in the Booking Office area. For sales, please contact the artist directly, using the information on the painting label attached, or contact Gillian Rich on
0421 412 240 Covid restrictions mean the Box Office is no longer open on Saturday mornings.

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Fabulous Acrylic Techniques and Design, with Hilary Wakeling.

Coochie Art Group enjoyed another fabulous and fun day of masterful acrylic teaching, with our own Hilary Wakeling, on Tuesday 11th August. We explored enhancing a strong painting design with a finishing black outline. Some members used Art Deco-inspired designs, some were more abstracted compositions, some were simple, but bold, but when the finishing ink was applied, the compositions sang! Hilary guided us through the pitfalls of varnishing inks, types of inks to use and much more, in her master class of acrylics! Thank you Hilary, for a wonderful day, excellent class resources and notes, as well as your generous tutelage.

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Materials List For Hilary Wakeling’s Acrylic Classes, August 11 & 25

Below is the PDF of Hilary’s Materials List
Materials List T3 2020.pdf
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Acrylic Classes with Tutor Hilary Wakeling

Coochie Art Group is eagerly anticipating learning new, innovative acrylic techniques with our own prize-winning artist/tutor, Hilary Wakeling on August 11th and 25th. Hilary is a long time member with the Group and has a vast experience with acrylic techniques. She will help us turn our paintings into finished works of art with her attention to class preparation, and her innovative and masterly tuition. Above all, we always enjoy a fabulous, fun day with Hilary!
Visitors are always very welcome as long as there is room in the Hall. For more information and to reserve your place in class, please contact Gail on 0429 174 818 or email Gail.mccallum@bigpond.com
Hilary’s Materials List will be in a following post.

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Watercolour Granulation and Eco Print Enhancement with Rhyl

Coochie Art Group enjoyed another fabulous class with tutor Rhyl Henzell on 28th July. Rhyl demonstrated the final steps for our watercolour paintings, as we did further negative painting, deepened the backgrounds and added finishing touches. Some very beautiful works were created. Later Rhyl demonstrated how to subtly enhance our Eco Prints from earlier in the year. Rhyl used various Micron pens and toning watercolours to gently strengthen the designs. Her paintings and mini books were breathtaking and beautiful. Thank you Rhyl, for a wonderful start to our Post-Covid classes. We learned so much and enjoyed your tutelage and company!

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Watercolour Magic with Rhyl Part 2

A few more photos of our wonderful first day back in class with tutor Rhyl Henzell, mastering the mystery of watercolour granulation. Lots of negative painting was done to pull the daisies into the foreground and gentle glazes over the granulation, gently pushed the background back even further. Visitors are always welcome if space permits. See contact details for Gail in Part 1.

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At Last! Coochie back Painting Together! Part 1.

Finally, after months painting alone at home, Coochie Group members came back to the Coochie Hall for pure watercolour magic, with talented local artist Rhyl Henzell! What a way to kick off our post-Covid creativity! Rhyl was teaching the Group new ways with watercolour granulation using different brands of watercolour paper to the usual Arches/Fabriano. It was utterly wonderful to be back painting together, enjoying our fabulous class atmosphere, learning new techniques to enhance our skills and relishing each other’s company. Thank you Rhyl for a magic start to Term 3 classes and we look forward to more watercolour wizardry on 28th August. Visitors are always most welcome, as long as space in the Hall permits. For more information, please contact Gail on 0429 174 818 or gail.mccallum@bigpond.com

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Granulation in Watercolour with Rhyl

These are some unfinished examples of the magic of granulation! The choice of paper here is critical to the result. See materials list in earlier post. Visitors are always welcome as long as space in the Hall is available. For further information, please contact Gail at Gail.mccallum@bigpond.com or 0429174818

Please Note: Coochie Art Group will fully comply with all Qld Govt Covid 19, Stage 3 Restrictions to ensure a safe working environment

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