March is brimming with activities at the Coach House. Come along and be involved with your society. Remember, annual subscription fees OF $35 are due by 31st March.  Thank you to those who have already renewed.


           KATHY KARAS – WATERCOLOUR      Coastal Landscape

Learn Kathy’s colour mixes in painting a coastal scene.

See how glowing washes bring your painting to life.

Learn to loosen up your painting style and discover how allowing colours to mix on the paper creates magic.

COST: $90 for members      $100 for visitors.  CODE WORD : KARAS                                 

RING HELEN PAIN   0432 232 054 to secure this place. 


Experience the subtleties of watercolour in this hands-on demonstration. Experiment with paints, mediums, markers, sticks and fine art papers and explore how you can incorporate contemporary watercolour in your practice.

Remember the interesting time we all had when Samantha came and demonstrated last year

There will be complimentary samples of materials.

DEMONSTRATION COST: $10 for members     $15 for visitors

Come join us for afternoon tea.

1.00 pm at the Coach House, 3A Farmer Street, Kiama


WEDNESDAY, 27th MARCH:    1-DAY WORKSHOP AT THE COACH HOUSE                                                               

                       Exploring Abstraction   –   GITTE BACKHAUSEN

                                      Times 9.30am – 4pm.        Cost: Members $90, Non- members $100

Explore Abstraction

Come along to explore the world of abstract painting. We will use acrylic paint and experiment with different approaches to get you started on your journey into abstraction. With gentle guidance you will be creating your own unique abstract artwork, supported to connect and discover your own abstract visual language. You will learn how to break-in your canvas for a great start to your abstract painting and how to create interest and variation in your composition, texture and brushstrokes.

Beginners welcome.

  • At least 2 stretched and pre-primed canvases, maximum size 60x60cm.
  • Paper – A4 to A3, min.110gsm. 5-10 sheets. Thick enough to hold acrylic paint.
  • Acrylic paints – your choice of colours + titanium white and a dark (Paynes grey is good).
  • Paint brushes in various sizes – cheap rough brushes are fine.
  • Water container. Cotton cloths (for wet paint brushes). Drop-sheet.
  • Feel free to bring along water-colour pencils or any other medium you use on canvas. Optional.

Bring an open mind and prepare to get messy! 

About Gitte    Gitte Backhausen is a Danish-born Australian artist living in Gerringong. With a strong background in human psychology, Gitte’s work explores the subconscious mind. “To me art is freedom, it is a way of giving the subconscious a voice without the restrictions and demands of the mind.” Gitte has a strong connection to the abstract expressionist movement and also draws inspiration from Australian abstract landscape painters such as Elizabeth Cummings and Ann Thomson. “I am a studio painter. However, I often draw inspiration from the world around me and allow this to come through, without forcing a specific outcome” 

TO REGISTER: Please email Helen Pain on to register your interest. Include your contact phone number and method of payment (cash, cheque, direct deposit).  Online CODE WORD: BAC

Helen will then email you the equipment list.

 Your payment secures your place at the workshop. Email Helen to indicate you have paid and method of payment.

NUMBERS ARE LIMITED TO 10.   GET IN EARLY!   PH: Helen Pain 0432 232 054



  • Direct Deposit (online): Westpac BSB: 032 689: Account No. 540 168. Please include your name and Code Word on your bank statement. 
  • Cash to Treasurer Ray in an envelope, with your name, code word and amount.
  • Cheque: payable to Kiama Art Society. Write name and code word BAC on the back and post to The Treasurer, PO BOX 707, Kiama, 2533.



All classes are operating through March as in February Newsletter.

Kathy’s Watercolour & Acrylics – Monday and Thursday at the Coach House. ph 0419 633 562

Errol’s Watercolour Group – the second Tuesday each month at the C.H. ph 0411 206 092

Tony’s Life Drawing Group – Wednesday at the Scout Hall Kiama Harbour. ph 4263 9953

Catherine’s Children’s Classes at the Coach House. ph 0422 930 334  


2nd APRIL:  DEMONSTRATION – Peter Wale – Wildlife

11th-17th APRIL: Old Fire Station Exhibition

1st MAY :  1 day WORKSHOP – Kerry Bruce –  Acrylic Floral Art                                                                                             This workshop is suitable for all levels. We were all enthralled by Kerry’s demonstration so I’m sure the workshop will be rewarding.                                                                                                                                                                        COST: $90 members     $100 visitors       

 CODE WORD: BRUCE  if paying online.                                                                                             

 Phone Helen Pain to book 0432 232 054