Watercolour wonder: Artist Kelsie White is an experienced workshop facilitator, having recently taken classes at Delacombe’s The Green House. Photo: SUPPLIED

Still life intro in the library

July 25, 2021 BY

THE Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute is inviting the community to try an art practice within the structure of their new series of creative workshops.

Cultural development and services manager Mark Potter said the BMI will host artist Kelsie White as she facilitates four introductory watercolour painting sessions on Monday 16, Saturday 21, Monday 23 and Saturday 28 August in the library.

“The art workshops are an opportunity for our members to enjoy some experiences outside of what the BMI is normally known for, which is its library, heritage books, research facilities and newspaper collection,” he said.

“It’s also a chance for us to draw new people to enjoy the intimacy that we have within the BMI library, and encourage more of a sense of community; the roots of the BMI.

“We only host small groups, so it’s an ideal intimate atmosphere, also adding to the experience of those coming into access our subscription library. We’re not a ‘members only’ space; we really want to welcome everyone.”

White’s workshop will help participants understand the basics of working with vibrant watercolours, while capturing the likeness of a still life object from the Institute’s collection.

“Mix some paint, try out some techniques and leave with a special portrait of an item selected from the BMI archives,” she said.

“This is not a classical watercolour illustration class. My style is much more relaxed and will allow you to have fun, play and capture a still life of objects in a modern illustrative style.

“It’s perfect for anyone wanting to try out watercolours, create some personal art for their home, or those looking for a fun and creative way to spend some time.”

Visit ballaratmi.org.au/bmi-events to book. Artists Fay Marshall and Yuria Okamura will host their own workshops in September.

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