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Jan Lawnikanis Materials List, Required Pencil Colours, Tuesday 2nd February.

Jan has asked us to bring these colours, but do check your colours against the Peacock Head image, Jan will supply for us, on the first day. Jan will use this to guide us through the basic steps of artists’ colour pencil use and will supply each of us with a cartridge paper image to use. Jan will also provide photos of the image, so this will be a very friendly introduction on Day 1. Visitors are very welcome, if space in the class permits. For more information please contact Gail, on 0429 174 818 Gail will also be able to provide the information about the Peacock Head, how to locate the image etc.

You will need these 12 colours:
 White
 Black
 Cream 914
 Light Umber 941
 Silver 949
 Indigo 901
 True Blue 903
 True Green 910
 Chartreuse 989
 Dark Brown 946
 Grass Green 909
 Light Aqua 992

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Jan Lawnikanis, Coloured Pencil Classes, Materials List

Coochie Art Group is looking forward to a magical series of classes in Term 1, with another of our favourite tutors, a talented artist and fabulous tutor, Jan Lawnikanis. Covid forced us to cancel classes with Jan last year, so we are delighted to be able to have tuition with her this term. Below is part of Jan’s Materials List. I’ll post the pencil selection in another selection. Visitors are always very welcome, if space in the class permits. For further information, please contact Gail, on 0429 174 818.
CAG cp workshop 1 materials.docx
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Wow! Wonderful Master Class with Louise to finish a difficult year!

Coochie Art Group enjoyed a master class indeed, for our final Term 4 class with Louise Corke, Master Pastellist, and Australian Pastellist of the Year 2019, on 24th November 2020. Louise pulled all her previous class content together and demonstrated clearly the values of Tone, Colour, Composition and Movement. We enjoyed the company and talents of some lovely local Coochie residents and hope to have their company soon. This was a fabulous end to a difficult year for us all! Thank you Louise for a superb series of classes for CAG and our visitors.

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Louise Corke’s Fabulous Class, Part 2!

Louise’s master class on tone also took us through the many nuances of shadows, shadows describing form, types of shadows, secrets of the focal point and so much more. Next class, Tuesday 27/10/20, will be all about colour – attributes of colour to colour temperature, mixing any colour and more. Can’t wait – we love our colour!
Visitors are always welcome if space in the Hall permits. Contact Gail 0429 174 818 for more details.

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Magic Day with Louise Corke at Coochie! Part1

Wow! Coochie Art Group had a fabulous start to Term 4 yesterday, with Master Pastellist, Louise Corke, who guided us through an in-depth, master class in tone – what, how, why, when, – you name it! Louise’s thorough class preparations and resources made the complex concepts so much easier to grasp and her individual attention was so helpful to us all.
Coochie Group also welcomed 3 visitors from Coochie – welcome Marie, Priscilla and Bob! It was wonderful to share Louise’s tuition with them and hope they enjoyed the class.
Visitors are always welcome if space in the Hall and in the class permits. For more information, please contact Gail McCallum, on 0429 174 818 or

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Louise Corke Class Program and Materials List, for 13/10/20

At last, Coochie Group will be back in the Coochie Hall with our fabulous tutor, Louise Corke. Louise has wonderful skills in explaining concepts, with absolute clarity. We can’t wait to be back painting together again, after the difficulties of this year.
Visitors are always welcome, as long as space in the hall permits. For more information, please contact Gail McCallum – or 0429 174 818
Coochie Week One 2020.docx
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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

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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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