Monday, August 27, 2012

New Workshop: Serene Fish - Acrylic & Mixed Media

Serene Fish
with Michelle Cocking

Sunday 21 October 2012
10am - 2.30pm

This workshop is suitable for students from beginners to advanced and is about exploring your natural creativeness in a relaxing environment. Demonstrations and examples of techniques will be given throughout the workshop along with individual help and tuition.

Canvas and paint provided

Workshop items to bring with you:
  •  Paint palette (disposable ones are great - no washing up)
  •  Variety of paint brushes – thick and thin
  •  Either a silver or gold pen
  •  Apron
  •  Old rag or chux cloth
  •  Pencil, charcoal or chalk to draw fish onto canvas
  •  Paper to plan painting
  •  Pictures of Koi carp as reference materials if you wish (a painting example will be provided
  •  If you want to experiment with texture, you could bring texture paste along with some scrapers/trowels to apply

Please bring your own lunch (tea and coffee provided)

About Michelle:
Originally from the UK, Michelle has lived in Australia for just over 10 years. The first year was spent living in Tennant Creek NT, the second in Rockhampton QLD and then finally settling in Sydney with her husband and 2 children.
Drawing and painting is something Michelle had an interest in since childhood so enjoys being able to share some of her work through demonstrations. Her favourite subject to paint is people, in particular faces - there's so much in a face and in the eyes. For Michelle, there's nothing more relaxing than acrylic paint being pushed around a good quality canvas, it's so easy to get lost in what you're painting.
Michelle’s practice includes acrylic paint, charcoal, watercolour and mixed media. She likes to draw upon emotions and experiences of local and desert landscapes from her travels around the globe as well as in Australia.
In 2011 she won a first prize and also a high commended award in the Mixed Media Class at the Blacktown Show.
Michelle uses all of the finest materials, including Matisse Derivan acrylic paint.

Venue:          Blacktown Arts & Crafts Group Inc
    The Huts, Blacktown Showground
             Entry via Kent Rd, Blacktown 2148

Cost:              $85.00 (includes canvas and paint)

To book into this workshop, please contact Elaine (Art Co-ordinator)
on 9622 7589 or email

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Ceramics Workshop with Susan Jorgensen: 15-16 September

Ceramics Workshop with Susan Jorgensen
Sat 15 - Sun 16 September 2012
10am - 4pm

BACG, The Huts, Blacktown Showground, via Kent Road, Blacktown
BACG is lucky to have Susan Jorgensen returning to The Huts to teach another sculpture workshop. This workshop will be focusing on cat sculpture and jewellery.

For the jewellery Susan will cover.....
How to make the jewellery pieces,
Using sprigs and stamps,
Japanese Paper tissue transfers,
Using jewellery findings and where to source them.

For the Cat building Susan will cover how to portray the essence of a Cat .
Building techniques you can use without using the wheel or coil building.
How to create Cattish facial features,as well as gesture, positioning and surface texture.

Cost $100.00
Bring a plate for lunch to share each day
Tea and coffee provided

For more information and Susan's work, please visit her website

Clay is available for purchase on the day
Additional firing fees apply

Contact BACG on 9622 7589 or via email to reserve your place.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wednesday Fibre update

The talented Fibre ladies in our Wednesday group have been busy again this week...

Linda continues with her applique lesson, tracing out the pattern pieces she is going to use


Jill is busy with embroidery in red on a beautiful tablecloth... nearly complete!

Madelene is busy stitching small hexagons onto her quilt

... and Nicole is busy putting the finishing touches onto a bed runner that matches the charity butterfly quilt. The detail picture is of the quilting that Nicole is stitching onto the quilt. beautiful work, Nicole.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

New quilts by Marty

Marty's latest quilt top, which she has been working on for a while (just some applique to go before quilting)...

...and a completed quilt for her son

Scissor Keepers

The girls in the Fibre group started working on scissor keepers, under the guiding eye of our experienced embroiderer Judy.

Working on canvas the girls were shown how to use a variety of stitches within the template size, with the aim of ending up with...

...something beautiful at the end of the project

Wednesdays at BACG

Some the of the ongoing projects in our Wednesday Fibre group...

The quilting machine was hard at work today...

...while Rae was helping Linda choose colours for an new applique project - her first!

And in the Art room, Bob continued to work on a watercolour...

 ...and Elaine started work on a new pastel portrait...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

BACG History: Rooty Hill School of Arts

In 1981, when the extension to the Rooty Hill School of Arts was completed, a community wall was made. The wall was made up of Raku fired bricks which were painted by members of the local Rooty Hill community whose families had been in the area since the School of Arts was built around 1905.

The raku firing was done in conjunction with BACG. Member Fay Currie was involved in the process.

We are currently looking for more information about the history of BACG and would love to hear from anyone who knows more about the community wall at Rooty Hill School of Arts. Was your family involved? Did you help with the firing?

Kaleidoscope Quilt by Anne

A recently completed quilt by Anne. (She's hiding behind it!)