GET LOOSE - GAIN CONFIDENCE ..... Tutor, Seabastion Toast

Seabastion Toast is originally from Melbourne, now living and working in Northern NSW. She completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2000 including a six month exchange to the Pratt Art Institute in New York. 

Her work has garnered much attention over the past couple of years particularly after winning the 2014 D'arcy Doyle Landscape Prize, the 2011  Gainsborough Greens Award, the 2012 Marymount Painting Prize and achieving finalist positions in many other prominent awards including the 2012 Doug Moran Portrait Prize.

For more information visit her website at which includes a gallery of her paintings and awards.

This workshop is recommended for artists of all levels (with the exception of "from scratch" beginners) .

Students will have a chance to refresh the basics, venture out of their comfort zones and gain inspiration in a range of painterly possibilities

We will focus on the fundamentals of painting and composition, developing your confidence to give you the freedom to embrace an expressive and loose style. You will be learning the rules so you can go ahead and break them!  The class will be opened up to both oil and acrylic painters, and demonstrations will be conducted in both mediums. You are encouraged to experiment with both, so please take this opportunity to try something new! 

Cost -

$65.00 per person for Ipswich Art Society Members

$75.00 per person for Non Members

You will need to bring your own art materials.

Easels and work tables will be supplied together with tea, coffee and light refreshments, BYO Lunch

HOURS….9.30 AM TILL 3.30 PM.

WHEN….. Saturday, the 18th of April 2020

WHERE… THE OLD IPSWICH COURTHOUSE (Cnr Roderick and Easts Sts. Ipswich.) entry at rear via Ginn St.

Spaces will be limited so please contact us with your booking at:-



              Workshop material list 

RUGGED LANDSCAPE SCENES using Acrylic Paints and Mediums with DON MILNER


Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February, 2020 (2 Days in total)

Hours: 9:00am - 12noon: Lunch break: 1pm - 4pm. (6 hours daily) 


“Rugged Landscape Scenes” 

Adding colour and light to your paintings 

The Old Ipswich Courthouse, (Cnr Roderick and Easts Sts. Ipswich.) entry at rear via Ginn St.

Overview (Using Acrylic paints and mediums)


Objectives: Improve and expand students existing knowledge and skill levels while building confidence with the use of Acrylic paints and mediums as they paint Landscape exercises under the supervision and expert assistance from Don Milner. Grow and improve their general painting abilities. E.g. How to choose, manipulate and develop suitable images into fabulous paintings ..(What to include and what to leave out and why) Colour mixing from a select colour palette, brush and painting techniques, perspective and much more... 

Subject, theme and purpose: (Landscape) This workshop is designed to familiarize students with the many specialist techniques and skills required to create a great painting filled with light and atmosphere. Don will lead students through easy to learn, carefully considered painting exercises as he shows them how to capture the unique character of their subject. Learn ‘perspective made easy’, understanding of colour mixing, brush techniques, palette knife painting and lots more. 

I am very familiar and comfortable with Acrylic paints and mediums and feel that I can offer all students expert guidance on all aspects of using them. I am also very familiar and comfortable with the challenges of painting a good painting and this workshop comes with a comprehensive set of specially tailored exercises designed to maximise each students learning.. 

Brief: Are you an artist who has always wanted to paint rugged Landscapes filled with life, light, drama and atmosphere? Then this workshop will be an amazing artistic journey of growth and discovery for you. Join Don’s painting workshop and he will explain and show you how he does it so you can be creating fantastic paintings of this inspiring subjects sooner. Apply his easy methods & learn how you can include them into your own paintings process. 


DAY 1: (Saturday, 15th February, 2020) Introduction:-

Quick overview of course and Introduction and intentions 


Commence with introduction and overview of the workshop 

The Landscape

* Introduction exercise.. Getting started with an introduction to 

various elements of the landscape and consider colour choices.

* Create and render a graduated sky and rugged rock formations.

* All students now paint their exercises using techniques Don has described. (Using Acrylic paints and mediums..) 


Quick revision of morning 

* Don does demonstration painting to illustrate techniques that all 

students will follow

* Continue to work on class exercise applying techniques introduced in the morning session

 * Add rock structures, grass and trees to your paintings 


DAY 2: (Sunday, 16th February, 2020)

Review and more painting:- Brief review of Day 1 and an overview of Day 2.


Demonstration on brush techniques to create grass and foliage 

* Continue painting exercise from day 1 

* Use of a palette knife for more immediate and textural effects 

* Glazing techniques for more intense colour using mediums 


Quick revision of morning exercises 

* Students continue landscape painting exercise to completion 

* Don demonstrates each step along the way of the process 

* Review and summary of workshop with Q & A time. 

* Impromptu mini exhibition of workshop paintings

Note: Easels, tables and refreshments will be provided, please BYO lunch and Art Materials as per the Materials list

To view some of Don's work visit his online Gallery at 

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Materials List



Held at The Old Court House (Ginn street rear entrance) cnr East and Roderick Streets , Ipswich.

Members are invited to come along to the regular weekly Tuesday Untutored Art Group held at the Old Ipswich Courthouse to join other members and enjoy some quality time to share ideas and interact with other artists.

Cost $5.00 per person.

Bring your Art and your lunch, coffee and Tea provided



Held at The Old Court House (Ginn street rear entrance) cnr East and Roderick Streets , Ipswich.

Come along to our Untutored Art Group held at the Old Ipswich Courthouse to enjoy some quality time and share ideas and interact with other artists.

Open to everyone, the second Saturday of each month.

Cost $5.00 per person.

Bring your Art and your lunch, coffee and Tea provided

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The Old Courthouse Cnr East and Roderick street Ipswich, Qld, 4305