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Impressionist Painting or any Painting Style

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The Impressionists produced some of the most lyrical and beautiful paintings, such as Turner, Monet etc. Our highly regarded and experienced Art Tutor, John Windus, will show you how relatively easy it is to create any quality artwork yourself. In the process you will discover the effective use of colour, light, composition and a variety of techniques. John is a motivating teacher as well as an exhibiting and international artist. Beginners and experienced students are welcome to this interesting class. Please choose your own medium – acrylics or pastels .

Biographical Notes.

John (Jan) was born and educated in Amsterdam, Holland. He had his first one-man exhibition
at the age of 18 at the Anna Frank House in Amsterdam. At the age of 19, some of his work was chosen to represent his country at an international art student exhibition in New York. He was also an active member of the art society ‘De Kring’.

He arrived in Australia in 1969 and was invited by Martin Sharp to participate in the Yellow House project. In 1970 he also showed his work at the legendary Central Street Gallery in Sydney and won the British Tourist Authority poster art prize, sponsored by Qantas. He has been exhibiting in Australia on a regular basis ever since.

A highlight in the 70’s was a joint exhibition John had in Holland with the American artist Sam Middleton. He also participated in the conceptual ‘Liverpool+1’ art group, with as its mentor the progressive art critic Donald Brook.

In 1981, John moved to Melbourne where he had 2 exhibitions. He returned to Sydney in 1984, moving into a studio complex, which he shared with, amongst others, the artist Gary Shead.

Around that time, his work started to undergo a major transformation and with the Australian Landscape as its major subject, became more lyrical.
He won the Mosman Centenary Drawing Prize and in 2003 the National Walkom Manning Art Prize (judged by Dr. Trevor Weekes, lecturer in fine arts at Newcastle University).

In 2009, he was invited to join the judging panel for the first ever Cricket Art Prize, with amongst others the art critic John McDonald.

In 2010 he became an art tutor at the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai College and at the moment is working on a series of paintings called ‘Nature and Imagination’.

His work is represented in corporate collections in Sydney, Amsterdam, London, Brunei and private collections in Sydney, Amsterdam, New York, Melbourne, Newcastle and Singapore.

For any information or sales, contact John on 0402 264 364.




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What to Bring

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PASTEL DRAWING- An A3 white pastel pad – Mont Martre not recommended – A set of soft pastels (preferably a box of 24) - A couple of paper stumps for smudging and special effects – An HB pencil and a sharpener – Some very fine sandpaper or emery boards – Some cotton based rags (old tea towels are ideal)


ACRYLIC PAINTING- An A3 canvas pad for Acrylics – not Monmartre – 1 small jar of gesso (an opaque undercoat) - optional-- Long stemmed, hog hair brushes – a set of flat as well as a set of round – Nos. 1,3,5,7,10. Best buy – super brush bundle pack, 18 brushes for $15 – Tubes of acrylic paints(ATELIER-Interactive) in series 1,2 or 3 (series 1 is the least expensive, the series 4,5, & 6 are very expensive). You will need the following colours: - Black, White, Light yellow, Brilliant Magenta, Pthalo Blue and Cerulean Blue 1 HB pencil -Steadler Eraser – mixing plate- Cotton rags and jars of water.

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