Painting the Australian Landscape


Workshop in Oils — 14-15th March, 2020

9 Places still available

Painting the landscape is one of the most elusive art forms. Translating the inspiration derived from seeing a beautiful landscape in real life onto a canvas is the goal for this workshop.

Kathy will outline some basic principles that all landscapes painters should consider, including, light and shadow, basic composition, and aerial recession to give a sense of depth. She will be illustrating her lesson with examples from the masters.

Kathy will begin by demonstrating the landscape painting process by stepping through the landscape, painting the shadows, and then placing the light. You will respond by painting your own reference image, following the clear steps in constructing the painting outlined by Kathy.

​Materials included in the cost are: 1 x Canvas 24”x30” (I will also have a variety of sizes available for purchase), a good selection of paints on a palette (more paints will be available for purchase), use of an easel, ‘turps jar’ for washing brushes, gamsol studio solvent, vinyl gloves, paper towel and a plastic bag for rubbish.

Cost: Introductory value of $200 for 2 days. Time: 9.30am-4pm daily. Workshop numbers are limited to 12, but a minimum of 7 people will be required for the workshop to go ahead. Confirmation will be given 2 weeks out from the workshop. Cancellations can be made up to 2 weeks prior. We ask for a 50% deposit on booking.

Upon enrolment, Kathy will email you a materials list and further details about the workshop.

This workshop will be held at Kathy Ellem Fine Art, 45 Ford Street, Beechworth.

Please contact Kathy for further details or to enrol:

0427 962 127 or

‘Bring along some reference photos. Please keep them simple, something with, say, a gum tree in the foreground, and perhaps some hills in the distance. Bring several samples so that we might be able to choose the best one. Ideally the subject will be well lit, with nice shadows.’ 


You can see Kathy's work in person by appointment at her Beechworth art gallery at 45 Ford Street, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia.

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