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Art of Coloured Pencils with Artist Karina Griffiths

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Update May 5th 2016
Everyone is asking for weekend sessions.
Well Karina aims to please so slot this date in your diary and sign up before it fills up.

July 23rd, 2016 Saturday 9-5 at a reduced rate of $250

I am enjoying it so much and you will too.

Art to the naked eye, oil? acrylic?, no coloured pencils
Do you enjoy colouring in? Can you trace? Have you always looked at art and said to yourself, "I can only dream to be able to create art like that". Do you think those books with fun designs to colour in are restive and fun. Throw them out. There is a one up in the colouring world. This is the next step you have to take. Sign up for this new course learning to create art with coloured pencils.

Chorus Girl by Karina Griffiths
Chorus Girl by Karina Griffiths - Photo Courtesy Tricia Ziemer

You can create that kind of vivid work that looks like an oil painting, believe it or not, with coloured pencils. These are not just any old coloured pencils. These pencils are of new technology that create the look of an oil or acrylic painting. All you have to do is trace and learn to colour in and blend. This is the only coloured pencil course of its kind in Australia! And this is your chance to be involved and have your very first piece of art on the wall by the end of the class.

Tricia Ziemer Interviews Karina Griffiths
Tricia Ziemer Interviews Karina Griffiths- Photo Bill Page

And you are led by artist and gifted teacher Karina Griffith, who is published world wide, with her coloured pencil art works. Renowned artist, Michelle Ripari, will be facilitating.

In this unique course you will enjoy learning about the beauty and versatility of coloured pencils, and how to create your very own archival, show quality work of art!

Subjects Karina will cover will include:

Coloured Pencils as a medium.
CP Terminology
Paper types
Pencil brands
Photographing references
How to get started
Working with other mediums
How to photograph your finished work
How to enter art shows
Prints and giclees
Commission work and how to price your work
Social networking
Styles and palettes used in differing subject matter
Publications and resources

Karina says "You do not need to know how to draw. I can teach you. You just need to enjoy colouring and have some understanding of what you wish to achieve with your art, passion, and a super keen interest."

Artwork by Karina Griffiths - Photo Courtesy Tricia Ziemer
Artwork by Karina Griffiths - Photo Courtesy Tricia Ziemer

This course is very comprehensive, and it will allow you to grow with your own desires for the medium in such a way that your knowledge and confidence will become second nature!

Each week, she will cover the above subjects, sharing and interacting. Most sessions will be hands on and she will be taking you on a tour roaming the grounds of the Monastery taking reference photos! Or like me you can bring an A3 picture to trace. I am already booked in and excited to attend.

This course put you smack bang in the middle of the magnificent grounds of the Sacred Heart Monastery high on the hill in Croydon, with 180 degrees views of Melbourne and Mt.Dandenong, the classroom is light filled, airy and clean. A truly inspiring place to learn all about coloured pencils! What a place to be inspired by.

Karina also says, "Over 1 Saturday, this course will take you through everything you need to know about how to create your own work of art, techniques, tricks, processes, build your network of suppliers, create your own audience and finally, what's involved in commissions and selling your work. An unmissable course for drawers, artists and lovers of pencils!." So take that leap of faith in your inner artist and email Karina at for an enrollment form.

Coloured Pencil Art WOW
Coloured Pencil Art...Really WOW - Photo Courtesy Tricia Ziemer

You will only need a few materials to start your art journey.

Here is what you may like to have to complete the course:

A camera- digital point and shoot or DLSR.
A set of coloured pencils- preferably of the following brands:
Caran D'ache Luminance,
Faber Castell Polychromos,
Derwent Colorsoft or
Lyra (Lyra's are available at Officeworks by individual colours- others available at excellent prices at THE ART SHOP BAYSWATER INSTORE OR ONLINE 9758 3266)
Eraser- kneadable or normal eraser
Sharpener- any will do to start with.
Lead pencils- HB, 6B and 8B
A cartridge paper sketch pad (160gsm) or some archival paper such as Canson Mi-Teintes or Fabriano (hot pressed papers work best)
A tablet or computer screen to work with reference photo's.
A notepad to write notes! Lots of them! Lol.

Lunch is a working lunch. Please bring your own lunch. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided at all times for your enjoyment.

Oil, Acrylic, NO Coloured Pencils by Karina Griffith - Photo courtesy Tricia Ziemer
Oil, Acrylic, NO Coloured Pencils by Karina Griffith - Photo courtesy Tricia Ziemer

The room is located OFF THE AUDITORIUM/HALL.
When you drive up to the Monastery, drive past the church towards the school at the back behind the church and you will see the Auditorium Hall. There will be signage!

Class will run from Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm October 29th, 2016. All this for $250 for the day. Or you if you have come before, you can do a catch up day for $130. What a barg!

MONASTERY HILL is located on map 50 G4

If you cannot make the course, but you love what you see, you can commission and professional portrait of anything you love, family, friend, animal. You just need a few photos. No longer do we live in the days of needed to sit for 10 hours for a portrait. How lucky are we.

Neighbours - by Karina Griffith - Photo courtesy Tricia Ziemer
Neighbours - by Karina Griffith - Photo courtesy Tricia Ziemer
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Why? Because your inner art lover wants to be able to create art like the pros by just colouring
Where: Sacred Heart Monastery Hill
Cost: $44 a week for total of $400
Your Comment
Karina Griffith is a very talented lady. I particularly like "Artwork".
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7224) 1291 days ago
What is the actual address to attend the course? There are several Monastery Hills, which one?Thank you!
by polru (score: 0|4) 1288 days ago
She says she has weekends planned as well. When I get those dates, I will update the article.
by Tricia Ziemer (score: 2|546) 1288 days ago
Would LOVE to do this but can only do weekends
by mered (score: 0|2) 1289 days ago
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