18 Janet Matthews

Honeyeaters and Flowering Gum in Pencil, Colour Pencil, and Graphite.


Wildlife Art Society of Australasia’s 2017 Wildlife Artist of the Year.

Janet will show students the techniques needed to fully explore colour pencil and graphite.  The subject of this workshop will be honeyeaters and Flowering Gum.  Each student will design their own artwork for completion, giving each student the chance to be simple or complex in their design.  Each student will have a different artwork, all based on the same subjects.  Each day we’ll draw different studies and techniques as well as be working on the designing and completion of the final artwork. Janet will have several poses of two different honeyeaters, the Eastern Spinebill and the New Holland Honeyeater, for students to select for their design.  The flowering gum will have several different colour varieties to choose from.  Based on references from Janet, students will be able to select two or more honeyeaters on a flowering gum of their choice of colour.  For added interest, we’ll learn to draw ants and bees, water drops and leaf imperfections which may be incorporated into the final artwork. We will learn some graphite techniques so we can add a second element in the artwork in the background in graphite, giving depth and interest to the drawing. Janet teaches with a step by step demonstration and individual guidance and instruction

This workshop is open all skill levels, 18 years and over.

Janet Matthews is a master of her medium of colour pencil and graphite.  Janet’s work has been described as “weaving magic” with a pencil.  Her signature style is her combination of colour pencil and graphite, capturing in detail the personality and telling her story through subjects in the natural world.  Janet works and lives in Narre Warren North, Victoria, with a beautiful studio surrounded by a native garden, where her feathered subjects keep her inspired.  She is actively exhibiting all over Australia, focussing on special exhibitions and through the galleries that represent her.  She also runs workshops and classes to share her knowledge and love of colour pencil and graphite. “My art is my passion, especially pencil.  I love to show the birds and animals in conversation and in action.  There is a story to each of my works, which reflects my own life and experiences, with humour a strong element.  I love detail and realism but the story I tell is the most important element of my work.  High praise is for a viewer to smile when seeing my work and to want to own it and live with it.  By drawing and exhibiting my ‘personalised’ artworks, I share my love of them with others and inspire them to protect and be aware of our creatures.”  Janet has won many awards and accolades for her drawings, being a Fellow of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia and a Fellow of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists.  She has a Diploma and a Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts, Monash University.  With many awards for her drawings, some key highlights have been to win a Juried Award, Focus on Nature exhibition at the New York State Museum (top 14 artworks), commissions by Australia Post for stamp images and artworks in the permanent collection of the New York State Museum, USA, among many others.  Janet has twice been Wildlife Artist of the Year with the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia.  Her work has been published in many magazines as well as books, including 50 Top Australian Artists and Wild Inspirations produced by the Wildlife Art Museum of Australia.

Janet’s website

All works are in colour pencil and graphite.

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