Monthly Archives: March 2012

Which oil sticks do we stock?

Sennelier and R&F. Sennelier has a classical range of colours of good quality and are by far firmer (because they uses mineral wax in their sticks?) R&F sticks are the best probably… handmade with love and natural wax. They come in a most delicious range of colours: Dianthus Pink, Celadon Green, Egyptian violet, Turkey Umber Greenish… just to name a few! Continue reading

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Which varnishes do we stock?

Most of our varnishes will be fine for both oil and acrylic paints but please check before each one if it mentions A(crylic) OK / O(il) OK or A&O OK. We also stock some varnishes for watercolours and gouache please go the the relevant sections.

Blockx Amber Varnish, Gamblin‘s Gamar picture varnish, Golden : MSA (Mineral Spirit Acrylic) Varnish with UVLS both in liquid form and in an aerosol as well as their Polymer Varnish with UVLS, Langridge : Retouch Varnish / Damar Varnish / Picture Varnish (comes in Gloss, Satin and Mat) / Wax Varnish, Maimeri & NAM.

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Which oil primers, mediums, solvents & cleaners do we stock?

Art Spectrum, Blockx, Golden, Langridge, NAM, Pebéo and a few other interesting products in other brands but as the list is long… if you have an interest, please Continue reading

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Which oil paints do we stock?

That one was a hard decision to make! We ended up going with Art Spectrum, as it is a well known professional Australian brand, Blockx, because is probably one of the very (if not THE) finest artist range in the world, Langridge to support another Australian brand and one which aims its artist extra fine colours to be up there with the very best and Sennelier for its huge range of professional colours. Please read on…

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Which inks do we stock?


Art Spectrum : Artists Pigmented Acrylic Inks, Charbonnel : “Aqua Wash” Etching Ink, Daley Rowney : FW Artist Pigmented and Pearlescent Acrylic Ink, Derwent : Inktense blocks and pencils, Golden : Fluid Acrylic colours, Langridge: Artists Pigmented Acrylic Inks, Sennelier : Traditional Shellac based Coloured “Indian” Inks & Traditional “A la Pagode” China Drawing Ink, Talens’ Ecoline

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Art Classes in Term 1 2012

Still @ the centre, a place in which to… create and learn

Our delightful program of ongoing art classes has started again with the addition of a drawing class…. YES, at last, it’s back!

  • Monday 10am – 1pm Face to Face

This class will use  portraiture as a means to play with a variety of drawing techniques and exercises designed to enhance and broaden the participants’  individual mark-making techniques and skills base. The ultimate intention being to create portraits that offer more than just a good likeness but rather express something essential about both the person being portrayed and the drawer’s unique relationship to the sitter.
Materials:  Willow and compressed charcoal, a variety of pencils (2b, 4b, 6b 9b at least), drawing paper, standard and  kneadable erasers. (Please  bring anything else you have and might like to work with.)
8 week  term – 6th Feb to 26th March : $290  – 5 classes $187.5 – 1 class $40

Michelle Dawson has  been shortlisted for several major art prizes in Australia and has recently received a Highly Commended in the 2011 Portia Geach Award for portraiture.


  • Tuesday 10am – 1pm Love Affair with Paint


After some structured sessions to explore adventurous colour palettes, compositions and techniques, enjoy finding your own rhythm –at your own level of experience–, and develop your particular stylistic approach to your chosen subject.
Materials: sketchbook and pencils, acrylic or oil paints, brushes, mediums, palette, palette knives and a medium size canvas stretcher.
8 week  term – 7th Feb to 27th March : $290 – 5 classes $187.5 – 1 class $40


  • Wednesday 10am – 1pm Art Journaling


Experience a range of art techniques and play with them in a safe and private place –your art journal.
Art Journaling combines the fun of mixed media with the benefits of journaling. For beginners, it is a non-threatening, fun entryway into your creativity. For more practiced creatives, it is a place to play and explore.
Materials: Unlined journal, glue stick, scissors, waterproof pen for writing, water based paint and brushes.
10 week  term – 1st Feb to 4th Apr : $350  – 5 classes $187.5 – 1 class $40


  • Friday 10am – 1pm The Joy of Mixed Media


Each class will explore some of the myriad options offered by mixed media –a very contemporary approach to art making–
so bring your own projects (you are welcome even for one class) or be guided into new techniques along the weeks by Turiya Bruce, Golden’s local Artist/Educator.
Materials: A canvas or support and the acrylic paints and painting implements of your choice.
9 week  term – 3rd Feb to 30th March : $315  – 5 classes $187.5 – 1 class $40

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Passionate about art materials…

Still @ the centre is a place in which to… source some of the most amazing art materials from all over the world!

I’m a fan of art supplies (says me, Sabine)… it must have started long ago with pencils and exercise books, but then one day… I had a whole store to play with! It took me months to research hat I wanted for the store and longer debating afterward what I still wanted because, somewhere along the rainbow, the whole thing had turned into a passion and nothing short of a full range of colours, paints, brushes, supports, would satisfy me!!

So, if you are after some technical info on any product or would simply like to know more about oils sticks or pastels, about varnishing a painting, or who is behind a company like Langridge or Blockx, please proceed to my blog…

and I hope you have fun exploring all the pages!

On the other hand if you would like to know what is available in the store, please go to Art SUPPLIES page… you can virtually see the whole store on that page!




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