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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Published August 18th 2015
Manet is in no danger from me - but I had fun
When I was sent the information about the Art Classes that Perth Art Studio are running at Jackson's in Balcatta, I thought they sounded interesting and fun.

Perth Art Studio, Gail Dell, Gabriela Himstedt, Art Classes
Art class (Photograph courtesy of Perth Art Studio)


Then I was invited to try my hand and bring someone along too and got really quite excited. Now, let's not over-estimate my artistic talent. I used to do pencil sketches five decades ago, and heraldic painting of coats of arms, but that is very formal and disciplined, allowing very little freedom of expression.

My wife, by contrast, is a pretty accomplished exhibited amateur, so with our vastly different levels of skill and experience, we arrived at Jacksons in Balcatta, where the back store room has been converted into a roomy and convenient studio, with long benches, glasses of water, canvases, pallets, brushes of surprising quality, pencils and a warm welcome from Gail and Gabrielle, our guides for the morning.

Perth Art Studio, Gail Dell, Gabriela Himstedt, Art Classes
Art class (Photograph courtesy of Perth Art Studio)


The most immediately obvious aspect was the relaxed, easy-going atmosphere designed to, and effective at, putting us in the right frame of mind.

There was a completed painting by Gabrielle of a neat two-story house in Tuscany, with Lombardy poplars, red flowers and distant blue hills. This is what we were to duplicate.

Perth Art Studio, Gail Dell, Gabriela Himstedt, Art Classes
Art class (Photograph courtesy of Perth Art Studio)


After a short chat, the seven of us settled down to follow Gabrielle's clear instructions of the step by step process - marking out proportions first, then paining the hills, followed by the right hand pasture, then the flowers and so on - the logic being colour and drying times.

Gabrielle painted and took questions, while Gail went around filling water glasses for the acrylic paints clean-up, checking, chatting, and murmuring encouragement over your shoulder.

It was surprisingly easy under their gentle tuition to produce something remarkably like a painting and the process was fascinating and deeply involving while at the same time being very relaxing as your mind went into a tranquil concentration.

Perth Art Studio, Gail Dell, Gabriela Himstedt, Art Classes
The author at the art class (Photograph courtesy of Perth Art Studio)


The allocated two hours went very quickly, as did the half hour after as we chatted among ourselves, admired each other's efforts and thanked Gail and Gabrielle.

At the very moderate price of $58 for the session, which included tuition and all materials and gave us each a happily painted memento of a really lovely day, the class represented fantastic value.

Perth Art Studio conducts these classes every Tuesday morning, each one covering a different style, subject and approach. The next week was Koi Carp and up-coming classes include a seascape, agave, poppies and so on.

Perth Art Studio, Gail Dell, Gabriela Himstedt, Art Classes
Art class (Photograph courtesy of Perth Art Studio)


If you've ever felt like trying to paint, or are thinking of re-kindling a long-dormant skill, or just want to see what all the fuss is about, then these classes are for you.

Very highly recommended indeed.



Douglas was an invited guest.
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Why? Fun, no-pressure art classes guided by an established artist
When: 10:00am to 12:00 Noon
Phone: 0420 799 090
Where: Jackson's Drawing Supplies, 76 Erindale Road, Balcatta
Cost: $58
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What beautiful art. This looks really fun!
by Sherry (score: 2|476) 1804 days ago
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