Exploring Clarice Beckett with Michelle Cawthorn Saturday 26 March 2022

Exploring Clarice Beckett with Michelle Cawthorn Saturday 26 March 2022


Date: Sat 26 March 2022

Time: 10am - 3pm

Where: Kiama Scout Hall, 1 Blowhole Point Road, Kiama NSW


  • Course Information

    Clarice Beckett was one of Australia’s most important painters of the interwar period who the translated the tonalist approach developed by Max Meldrum into ‘an atmospheric form of painterly abstraction’ (Tracey Lock, Art Gallery of South Australia). Beckett was concerned with the changing effects of light on her subjects which were mostly of the streets and beaches of her locale, the bayside suburb of Beaumaris in Melbourne.


    In this one-day workshop, students will explore the painterly techniques of Clarice Beckett in oils or acrylic paint and complete a small Beckett style painting of their locale. Composition, subject and the effects of light will be discussed, and tonal colour mixing, wet-in-wet, blending and dry brush techniques will be demonstrated.


    Students are encouraged to bring with them some photographs of their own locale, preferably in the early morning or late afternoon when the shadows are longer and the light more diffuse.


    This class is suitable for students with some painting experience in either oils or acrylics.

  • Materials List

    A4 art journal

    2B graphite pencil


    Oil or acrylic paints

    Brushes, including synthetic brushes for blending

    Containers for water, or solvent and medium

    Rags – preferrable to paper towelling

    Medium (Matisse Open Medium for acrylic painters, Art Spectrum No.1 Medium or the like for oil painters)

    1 – 2 A3 sized canvas or similar, pre-primed

    3 – 4 images of your locale