WORKSHOPS & TALKS - 2022 Workshop Program

with Dr Paula Payne & Nadine Schmoll

Two masterclasses in one day


POSTPONED (new dates announced soon)


8am - 5pm




The Centre Beaudesert
82 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert 4285



$80 Limited places, bookings essential


Online, at the Box Office or by phone


What to bring:


Please see below on what participants need to bring to the masterclass sessions.

Extend your arts practice and professional skills
with two innovative masterclasses in one day. 
Presented in association with the Land & Sea exhibition at The Centre Beaudesert 2 April - 4 June 2022.  

Join exhibiting artists Nadine Schmoll (morning session) and Dr Paula Payne (afternoon session) for their immersive masterclasses exploring environmental themes through contemporary approaches in sculptural assemblage, photography, painting and mark making.  This masterclass also features in the Escape in the Scenic Rim festival in May

WHAT IS INCLUDED: Two four-hour immersive masterclasses, which are ideal professional development opportunities for art practitioners and teachersselected equipment to use during masterclass as listed below; tea, coffee and refreshments.

WHAT TO BRING FOR THE DAY: Participants are to supply their own lunch and materials. See below for recommended materials list for each masterclass. Be sure to wear art making clothes.

SESSION 1.  8am-12pm
Contemporary Explorations in Marine Landscapes and Sustainability with Nadine Schmoll 

Dive into an underwater world of your own making to explore contemporary approaches to sculptural assemblage, photography and sculpture using innovative materials and techniques.  In a fusion of art and science, participants will take inspiration from the natural environment to create a waterscape of organic forms using both 3D and 2D mediums.

During this masterclass, you will create a simple lightbox as a starting point for creative experiments with light, colour and shape. Nadine will then share her techniques for heat-forming, texturing and dyeing plastic, as well as waste minimisation and 3D construction. Finally, assemble your creative experiments and capture your unique underwater world using photography. Participants may choose to work collaboratively or independently on their creative experiments. 

Bring an openness to play, a sense of wonder and be curious!

SUPPLIED MATERIALS AND TOOLS that participants will work with during the masterclass: Materials: Lighting gels, assorted plastic waste materials, assorted found objects, sand, tea tree/eucalyptus oil, baking paper/wax paper, coloured permanent markers, OHT transparencies, extra fairy lights, extra opaque plastic tubs. 
Tools: Heat guns x 2, sandwich toaster, light box, clay shapes, banding wheels x 2, gloves/rags, scissors/shears, tape, extension cord.

WHAT TO BRING FOR NADINE'S MASTERCLASS recommended materials list:
● opaque (frosted) plastic tub, at least A3 size. This will be the canvas for our photography experiments. (See image on right of light box tub & fairylights)
● white fairy lights or portable camping lights to illuminate the inside of the tub. If battery-operated, bring spare batteries as a backup.
● digital or phone camera to take photos of the final artwork (tripod optional).
● materials to incorporate into creative experiments eg. clean plastic waste materials.
● transparent plastic works best, and small found objects, natural or human made (optional)

example of light box with tub and fairylights

Updated info from Nadine:
The Masterclass philosophy is very much about "making do with what you have at hand"
Clean plastic waste materials  I would recommend bringing some plastic water or soft drink bottles to reuse. Just things already in your environment that you can collect. 8-12 bottles would be ideal. Even if you don't use or drink from these yourself, see if your workplace, school or local park has waste bottles. These can be cleaned with bleach if needed. Opaque plastic tub and fairy lights  Don't feel like you have to go out and buy a new tub and lights. If you have these on hand, that's great. I know lots of people use plastic tubs as storage containers and fairy lights as Christmas decorations. If not, I'll have some spare for people to share.

SESSION 2.  1pm-5pm
Painting Contemporary Environmental Themes - Exploring the Anthropocene with Dr Paula Payne

During this masterclass, Paula will cover a broad range of skills and approaches that define and encourage ways of developing new techniques and concepts in contemporary landscape painting. 

Participants will explore and create semi-abstract and abstract visions by experimenting with colour mixing and layering applications of paint, and mark making. Explorations and techniques are further developed to integrate ideas and narratives about the environment.

Through extending concepts and compositions and ideas of the environment, engage in discussions of what an Anthropocene* landscape might be.

Participants are asked to supply and reference their own selected environmental images, (such as photocopies or photos or natural objects) to be used as inspiration to compose paintings and to explore different elements in combinations in their journals or on surfaces of their choice.

From these explorations in colour mixing, mark making and composition, participants are asked to develop and extend one of their images into a final composition on canvas by working over a painted ground. Discussions and developments of your ideas for your environmental painting can be shared collaboratively with the group during the workshop.

*Anthropocene Definition: According to Encyclopedia Britannica, the Anthropocene epoch is the “unofficial interval of geologic time, making up the third worldwide division of the Quaternary Period (2.6 million years ago to the present), characterized as the time in which the collective activities of human beings (homo sapiens) began to substantially alter Earth’s surface, atmosphere, oceans, and systems of nutrient cycling”. John Rafferty, “Anthropocene Epoch,” Encyclopedia Britannica, last updated 20 March 2020,

WHAT TO BRING FOR PAULA'S MASTERCLASS recommended materials list:
● 10+ environmental images or objects of interest for reference; these may be photos, photocopies, objects of interest. You will use three or four of these images and/or objects to inspire your technical explorations and final composition.
● assortment of eight to 10 brushes: Large flats and round (hog hair and taklon are suitable): A selection of at least three chiselled brushes (taklon is best) in different sizes (small, medium and large).
● plastic bucket or containers for water. 
● painting palettes - pad of disposable palettes or old plates A4-A3 size (it is difficult to mix paint in small palettes), or you can bring at least three flat plastic palettes.
● Bring your journal or an A3 cartridge paper sketch pad for colour mixing, mark making and developing your composition.
● A3 canvas or board if you prefer to work on board or 1 canvas for final work - size range: A3 to 80cm x 80cm 
● easel (optional if you prefer to work this way) as work tables will be supplied.
● acrylic paint: warm and cool colours including reds, yellows, blues and white as we will be mixing earthy colours. If you have other colours, please bring them.
● binder medium (optional) if you want to try more transparent painting.
● Any other interesting materials you may want to use.
● painting rags if you prefer them as paper towel will be supplied.

Bring your sense of adventure!