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Abstracted Botanicals in Acrylics | Beth Kennedy

Abstracted Botanicals in Acrylics | Beth Kennedy

In Beth Kennedy’s workshop, everyone will create their very own unique and creative paintings in a safe and supportive environment. You will walk away with the skills and techniques to create your very own creative artworks!

What will I learn?

In this workshop Beth will show you warm up drawing exercises to help get the creative process flowing, then will follow botanical drawing studies and finally how to work these up on to a large mixed media painting on canvas. Large brushes will be used for washes, tiny brushes for detail and opaque areas of colour will be laid in too. The element of play and surprise results is an integral part of Beth’s art practice and working with mixed media and playing with these will be a part of this workshop, fun will be had with liquid watercolour, ink, gouache, watercolour and acrylic paint and paint markers.

Beth will show you how to create washes using mediums and how to manipulate these, blot off and work into them. Using pattern and how to incorporate this into the paintings will be taught also. This workshop is for all experience levels; Beth is a firm believer that drawing, and painting are skills that can be learnt by anyone. The creative process should be fun and enjoyable, this will mean a better end result too, and as such this will be a relaxed and friendly workshop where questions will be welcome and hopefully new friends made over plenty of cups of tea!

The focus will be to encourage and support everyone’s unique individuality in mark making to produce beautiful paintings to take away with them.

Who is this workshop suitable for?

This is suitable for all levels of experience including absolute beginners.

Ask our friendly team for advice if you are not sure if this workshop is for you.

What do I need to bring?


• Bring your lunch and snacks or you can purchase from cafes close by. We do have a fridge and microwave at the studio for your convenience.

What is provided

• tea and coffee (please bring your own cup)
• a friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
• connection to the Bienarté art community

About Beth Kennedy

Beth Kennedy lives and works in Brisbane and has a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Australian National University. She has held six solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions. Beth is represented by Greenhouse Interiors and Anthea Polson Art, her work has appeared in Australian House & Garden, Belle magazine and The Age’s Melbourne Magazine.
The essence of Beth’s paintings is the dynamics of patterning. Even at their most colourful, there is a quiet and enigmatic beauty to her work.
Pattern, colour and composition all work together to present a snippet of an emotional narrative in the floating worlds she creates. She works intuitively with colour, at times allowing it to flow across the canvas in washes, and at others using it in bold opaque area. Amongst this, wavering patterns move in and out of focus, eventually finding their place and adding depth and beauty to the paintings.
Each of Beth’s paintings is the result of a sustained process of transcription: from sketches, to watercolour, to paint on canvas.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Course testimonials:

  • The workshop with Beth was very enjoyable. She went to great length to ensure we were comfortable and relaxed so that our weekend spent at the workshop was a positive, rewarding experience. She was very approachable, explained her techniques and ideas very well and was extremely encouraging. Beth managed her time with us very well and she was well prepared for the workshop. Thank you for the workshop and all the materials and equipment provided. Alison from Westlake
  • I was excited to do this course with Beth. I was particularly interested in the abstract quality, the patterning technique, use of ink and various mediums. I'm looking forward to putting into practise some of the techniques I learned. Beth was generous with her materials and course was value for money. Thanks Linda.A from the Sunshine Coast
  • Great fun. A delightfully playful workshop facilitated by a very warm hearted and giving professional artist..........Sandy.M from Redhill