The South Coast Pastel Society's next exhibition "Spring into Art" runs from Wednesday, October 2, to Wednesday, October 9 at the Batemans Bay Surf Club.
The Society is offering some great activities during this exhibition.
One of these introduces people to the concept of what "Plein Air" painting is.
"En plein air" comes from French "in full air". In other words outdoor painting.
The French Impressionists were all about the light and brightness of outdoor painting. Capturing a fleeting moment in time, as it passed.
Not easy to catch from a photograph or in a studio situation.
It also allows all your senses to capture the moment as you immerse yourself physically in the environment.
It is one of the best ways to improve your painting skills.
Even for those who don't ultimately want to be a landscape or seascape painter.
It improves budding artists work as it takes them outside their comfort zone.
As the light is changing and clouds scudding across the sky, the waves breaking and tides moving, it makes the artist think on their feet, to get the essence of the scene down.
The South Coast Pastel Society invites beginners and others to a relaxing morning of "Plein Air" painting for beginners on Sunday, October 6. This begins at 9am with a brief talk about the basics of painting outside followed by a session outside the Batemans Bay Surf Club where experienced members will help participants get started.
This event if free but please register with Lyn by email at email@example.com or by phone on 0448 496 998.
The Society organises weekly outdoor painting sessions throughout our Shire on Tuesdays. Check our website and Facebook for information about membership and other workshops and demonstrations.
We are a vibrant art group celebrating the medium of pastel, holding weekly paint-outs, and several workshops and exhibitions every year. Join us and pick up a pastel.
The South Coast Pastel Society Inc. is the only registered pastel society in NSW.
The SCPS meets on the first Tuesday of every month at the Tomakin Social Club and welcomes membership from both professional and amateur artists alike.
Holding paint-outs, workshops and several exhibitions every year, the Society provides a 'place' for all to appreciate the beauty of pastel painting, encourages community involvement in the arts and assists members in developing the skills and knowledge to work with this brilliant and beautiful medium.
Our mission is to encourage an appreciation of pastel and the myriad works that can be created through it use.