CANBERRA
ART
GROUP

Upcoming Events

Exploring Abstract Art

Exploring Abstract Art

Saturday 27 July
Acton - 1pm - 2 Hours
Maggie Davies
Explore the colorful world of abstract art in our Exploring Abstract Art class!

Get ready to unleash your creativity as we reinterpret everyday objects and uncover new subjects using various media. Dive into expressive and abstract representations that bring your artistic vision to life. From 'mark making' techniques to dynamic starting points, we'll embark on a journey of creation where every stroke tells a story. Bring your own basic art materials and join us for an exciting exploration of abstract expression!
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$47      
 Introduction to Oil Painting

Introduction to Oil Painting

Saturday 10 August
Acton - 1pm - 2 Hours
Maggie Davies
Dive into the vibrant world of oil painting with our fun and engaging class designed for beginners! Discover the joy of blending colors and creating stunning masterpieces. Participants are required to bring basic art materials. Full event details will be provided upon booking confirmation. Get ready to paint your imagination!
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$47      
Beginner's Drawing Class

Beginner's Drawing Class

Saturday 24 August
Acton - 1pm - 2 Hours
Maggie Davies
Welcome to our Beginner's Drawing Adventure!

Unleash your inner artist in a journey filled with fun and creativity! In this class, we'll embark on an exciting exploration of drawing basics, igniting your passion for expressive artwork.

Under the expert guidance of our seasoned instructors, you'll master the essential techniques of drawing, from capturing perspective and proportion to mastering the art of shading and composition. Say goodbye to the fear of blank pages as we dive into various Mark Making techniques, transforming them into vibrant canvases waiting to be filled with your imagination.

Whether you're picking up a pencil for the first time or looking to refresh your skills, this class is tailor-made for you. Come join us and let's turn your artistic dreams into reality!

Don't forget to pack your creativity and enthusiasm, as well as your own basic art materials, as we embark on this colorful journey together.
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$47      

Speed Landscape Drawing and Painting

Speed Landscape Drawing and Painting

Saturday 07 September
Acton - 1pm - 2 Hours
Maggie Davies
Zooming Through Landscapes: Speed Landscape Drawing and Painting

Get ready to embark on a whirlwind adventure through landscapes in our exhilarating "Zooming Through Landscapes" class! Designed especially for beginners, this class will have you wielding your brushes and pencils with speed and finesse.

Join us as we race against the clock to capture the beauty of nature in quick strokes and bold colors. From lush forests to serene seascapes, you'll learn the art of landscape drawing and painting in a flash.

Bring along your basic art materials and unleash your inner artist as we journey through landscapes at lightning speed
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$47      
Introduction to Acrylic Painting

Introduction to Acrylic Painting

Saturday 21 September
Acton - 1pm - 2 Hours
Maggie Davies
Prepare to dive headfirst into a world of vibrant colors and boundless creativity with our "Introduction to Acrylic Painting" class!

Led by our seasoned instructor, this class is your ticket to unlocking the mesmerizing possibilities of acrylics. Perfect for beginners, we'll guide you through the fundamentals of color mixing, brush techniques, and texture creation.

Bring your own basic art materials and get ready to unleash your inner artist! From mastering the art of color theory to experimenting with bold brushstrokes, this class is all about discovering your unique painting style.
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$47      
ABOUT CANBERRA
ART
GROUP
Come along to our meetups to improve your art in a relaxed and social atmosphere, and under the guidance of a professional instructor. Complete beginners to experienced artists all welcome.

Our 2 hour meetups are held in a different location each time, usually outdoors.

Bring your own materials which can be anything from pencils or pastels, to watercolour or oils.

If you are a complete beginner all you need to start are a couple of good drawing pencils, a rubber, and a drawing pad.

Who can attend? Open to all skill levels, from beginners to experienced artists. The instructor is there to help everyone.

The meeting point and full details for the day are sent in the booking confirmation email to the email address you provide at time of booking.

Join the Facebook Group here to share your art and enjoy the art of other locals.

You can also subscribe here to receive notifications of upcoming events.

Our meetups and classes are limited to a max of 12 people
REVIEWS
Had a lovely time basking in a rare warm winter Day in the Chifley Meadows, learning all sorts about colour pencil drawing. Maggie, our teacher, worked carefully with all attendees and demonstrated her instructions well. She was also helpful with tips on getting better colour depth, uses for a white pencil, and how to frame subject matter into the page.
4/5
Kate
2024-07-15
I really enjoyed the session, the location was nice and we were lucky to also have amazing weather. Maggie was great leading the workshop and I was impressed with her passion and skills both as teacher and artist.
5/5
Giulia
2024-07-15
Maggie was great. She provided technique instruction within the context of a drawing I can practice to improve. She stretched me beyond what I believed I could do and was encouraging and supportive. I highly recommend this course and will keep my eye out for others taught by her.
5/5
Wendy
2024-06-26

Maggie's tutorial was well structured and very effective at rapidly building confidence in drawing. She gave clear instructions and was able to guide the group through all the exercises with confidence.
5/5
Nadine
2024-06-16
Maggie was excellent! She was clear and helpful in her explanations and a very pleasant teacher! I hope to take other classes with Maggie in the future.
5/5
Olga
2024-06-16
Gabby was very gentle and kind. I enjoyed the session and learned some new skills.
4/5
Tim
2024-06-02

Great fun, gentle, relaxed, , supportive, non judgemental, able to be inclusive of vast experience levels.
5/5
Caroline
2024-05-28
Great 2 hours painting. We really enjoyed it.
5/5
Lisa
2024-05-26
I learnt a lot about drawing and sketching in the 2 hours and found Maggie to be a very good tutor. I will definitely attend another class .
5/5
Barbara
2024-05-07

Thanks Maggie. We were both happy with what we did and learnt in the class - a very satisfying and enjoyable afternoon.
5/5
Anne and Asha
2024-05-06
I loved this class! Maggie was great and did such a good job explaining the basics of drawing and giving us all confidence to feel like we could draw and take it further.
5/5
Jen
2024-05-05
Enjoyed the day drawing outside.
5/5
Rhonda
2024-04-22

ARTISTS
Maggie Davies
My name is Margaret Davies but most people call me Maggie! I'm an art and music student at ANU and love to make art in my free time with various mediums and compose music. I enjoy doing puzzles and love to watch horror movies. I'm also keen to teach people easier ways and techniques of making art, whether it be drawing or painting.

Maggie Davies is available for private bookings

Available most Saturdays and Sunday from 11am - 4pm

PHOTOS
Melbourne Art Group
2024-07-08
Canberra Art Group
2024-03-19
Title or Location: Flower Lady
I have been drawing for less than a year. I decided after I was diagnosed with a slow growing brain tumour that life really was too short, and you never know what the future may hold. As someone who couldn't draw a straight line, I decided to watch YouTube videos and teach myself what I needed to know.The inspiration for this drawing came from wanting to do something different. I was getting bored drawing flowers, fruits, and vegetables, so decided to combine two different elements to see wh
Credit: Sandra Byrne
Orlando Art Group
2024-07-01

Canberra Art Group
2024-03-14
Title or Location: 'Bushland bouquet'
I began my painting journey just 3 years ago, wanting to explore a new way to express myself artistically. This piece 70x60cm, Acrylic on canvas was created for my dear sister for her 50th birthday. It represents her adoration of Australian native Gum trees and now hangs on a black, smokey feature wall in the master bedroom.
Credit: Britt Labutte
Facebook: Painty Days
Orlando Art Group
2024-07-01
Canberra Art Group
2024-03-14
Title or Location: Perpetual Unfolding of Now
I'm delighted to share with you the story behind my artwork titled, "Perpetual Unfolding of Now.? This painting is not just about brushstrokes and colours, but about my own personal journey of grief, loss, courage and healing. My work is always inspired by my love of nature and this piece is no exception. The wide expanse of blue sky with playful clouds at the top of this painting that is juxtaposed with sharp, geometric shapes and line are my attempt at working through finding order amo
Credit: Melanie Rees
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/share/WPuZSqGpDQ86D1Vb/?mibextid=eQY6cl
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/melaniereesart?igsh=aHZjMjY5eDBveWhl&utm_source=qr

Dublin Art Group
2024-06-24
Canberra Art Group
2024-02-27
Title or Location: La pomme
Apple cut into half, with gouache technique, attention to details
Credit: Priscilla
Dublin Art Group
2024-06-24

Canberra Art Group
2024-01-30
Title or Location: On The Rocks
My journey into coloured pencil art has opened up a whole new world for me. After believing for many years I had no artistic talent, I knuckled down during Covid lockdown and learnt to draw and render animals in pencil. I draw birds because I love birds. This one of the Spotted Pardalote was a finalist in last year's Holmes Prize for Realistic Australian Bird Art. I have since started photographing my own material, and have begun dabbling in watercolour. This photo was taken by Rhonda Corcoran
Credit: Cathy Morison
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soulfuleyespetportraits
Dublin Art Group
2024-06-24
Canberra Art Group
2024-01-22
Title or Location: Caught in the A.C.T.
This is a local Canberra fox. Not a native species, but a local non the less. As an animal lover, I find the animal beautiful. As an Aussie, I find its presence disturbing.The reference photo, taken by local photographer Marina Fascianelli, had the stunned, cautious look of an animal who was not wanting to be seen, hence the title of the work.I've seen foxes on my walks near Ginninderra Creek, the same look stared at me as the one in this portrait. Beautiful, scary, and one that is out of
Credit: Fine Art by AnnaK
Facebook: @fineartbyannak
Instagram: @fineartbyannak

Nashville Art Group
2024-07-17
Title or Location: ?Sound of Thunder? 24x36 Acrylic on canvas
The book of Revelation has always interested me, especially the four horseman and their mounts. I wanted to focus on the horses in this painting. From left to right: Famine, War, Conquest, Death.
Credit: Kailee Metcalf
Instagram: the_art_of_k.m
Bournemouth Art Group
2024-07-17
Title or Location: Sunset at Boukari Harbour, Corfu
I started painting 6 years ago after attending a paint night at a local bar (just for fun) in Vancouver, Canada, where I had been living. I was addicted! Youtube videos have been a great way to learn and grow. The journey has been frustrating at times but it has also become my stress relieving activity.I visited Corfu at the beginning of June and loved the sunsets at this location in the South East of the Island. When I look at skies, clouds , water etc I am always imagining how to paint them
Credit: Jane Webley
Facebook: Jane webley
Instagram: @jane.webley
Tulsa Art Group
2024-07-16
Title or Location: He sees me.
This was a new experience. I knew I needed to be more efficient at creating. So I prayed and with all my art work being are a form of praise and worship, each time I sat to paint, time disappeared. Yet I finished it quicker than any other piece. Once this was done I asked myselfhow'd you do that? I didn't, He did!
Credit: Claude McCumber

Buffalo Art Group
2024-07-16
Title or Location: Peony
Inspiration for this was just flipping through some pictures I took of my garden earlier in the season. I wish the peonies bloomed longer! This painting was done using Chinese colors and brushes on black shuen paper.
Credit: Andrea Caprio
Bristol Art Group
2024-07-15
Title or Location:
Part of an unreal series from the land of dead birds exploring human extinction. The Unreal series are inspired by the bleak landscapes of Western Australia. In this instance the Blackwood River in Nannup. A poet friend who doesn't want to be named sends me photos she thinks would form a perfect backdrop for the land of dead birds. The birds themselves are Frankenstein compositions all framed by Art Nouveau/Lovecraftian inspired frames. The land of deadbirds is part of a wider exploration of war
Credit: Alex Spence
Instagram: @altworld404
Indianapolis Art Group
2024-07-15
Title or Location:
This is a painting Titled Dandelion 3No photo reference
Credit: Carrie Granitto
Facebook: Carrie Granitto

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