RQAS - 25 Broadbeach Blvd Broadbeach
Meet the Teach
Lara Scolari is a contemporary Australian visual artist, a creative entrepreneur and a recognised fine art expert renowned for her striking original artworks that are making a splash on the Australian art scene.
A natural born artist who grew up in Sydney’s leafy suburb of Balmain, Lara was always destined to become a painter. Her mother is a painter and her father, who is a talented musician, used to work as an industrial chemist for the art brand Matisse Derivan which manufactures artist paint and mediums.
Influenced by major artistic figures such as Brett Whitley, Helen Frankenthaler, John Olsen, Hans Hoffman and Mark Rothko, Lara developed her own distinct approach to the ‘abstract expressionist’ style.
Lara moved to Dubbo for work in her early 20s as the Education Officer at the Western Plains Cultural Centre. While in the country, Lara proudly exhibited her contemporary abstract artworks in many solo and group exhibitions, including the Dubbo Regional Gallery and Orange Regional Gallery.
Her work is now represented in public and private collections throughout the world.
Lara spent 20 years in Dubbo fostering her love of art and focusing on her young family.
Now residing in Balmain, Lara works fulltime from her vibrant light-filled studio, which she is in the process of converting into a stunning family home, an open art gallery and her ‘happy creative space’.
Her recent body of work has been a huge success and has propelled Lara’s career into the stratosphere.
Interested in how energy informs the painting and viewing process, Lara’s practice explores multilayered organic forms that create an enlivening space for contemplation and a resting place for thoughts.
Inspired by memory, meditation, music and influenced by our Australian culture – an island continent surrounded by water, her eye-catching paintings feature a beautiful translucent veiled colour palette that reflects our natural landscape.
An Action/Gestural painter, Lara’s work is produced in an ‘abstract expressionist’ style where a variety of media, developed experimental techniques and processes are used to create depth through exquisite transparent layers that reveal hidden dioramas.
Prolifically producing strong considered bodies of work, Lara’s coveted artworks are beautiful in organic form, line, shape and composition.
FREEDOM, ENERY & SOUL
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Travel Journaling - 2 Day Workshop FEBRUARY with James McKay
Creating a travel journal is one of the most rewarding and creative processes you can do. This 2 day workshop takes you through the watercolour and black pen sketching processes to capture your travels or day to day experiences…
Charcoal Large Scale Animals - FEB with Gillian Grove
SOLD OUT - Feel free to join the colour version of this class on the Sunday. Learn how to draw large scale animals with Artable owner Gillian using a range of drawing materials including charcoal. Book this 1 day…Sold out
Large Scale Animals in Pastel (colour) FEB with Gillian Grove
Learn to create large scale animal portraits using colour (Pastel) with Artable owner Gillian. We will be looking at what colours we can use to create the illusion of light and shade, pushing the boundaires of what we…
Pastel Florals - March with Lyn Diefenbach
Australia's best pastel artist returns to the Artable line-up of workshops in 2019 to show you her remarkable techniques around creating floral pastel studies. You will love world-renowned artist Lyn Diefenbach's down to earth nature and easy to follow…
Large Scale Watercolour Portraits MARCH with Cherry Hood (Archibald WINNER)
1 SPOT LEFT. Join Archibald winner and celebrated Australian watercolour artist Cherry Hood for a weekend art workshop of large scale portrait painting. In a Cherry Hood workshop students work from a photograph of a face to produce a…
Bright & Bold Acrylics MARCH with Jenni Kelly
SOLD OUT - YOu can still join Jenni for her 5 day workshop in July. Scroll down for details. This course will introduce students to an unorthodox approach to painting, be prepared to scrape, spray, throw and roll paint…Sold out
Watercolour/Acrylic Impressionist Landscapes MARCH with Herman Pekel
One of Australia's best watercolour artists is coming to the Gold Coast. If you haven't had the chance to experience Herman's passion for all things art, quirky sense of humour and easy-going approach to simplfying your art process,…Sold out
COLOUR MIXING FOR BEGINNERS - NEVER GUESS COLOUR AGAIN! February with Martina Pook
This workshop is a complete eye-opener. For complete beginners and people who have painted for years but still have problems with mixing an exact colour. There is a science to mixing colour that once you learn, you will…
Unwind with Watercolour - Contemporary Coastal - MARCH 2019 at the Borrowed Nursery with Brittany Partington
Grab your friends to join us & create watercolour illustrations drawing inspiration from coastal themes to the sound of great music. BYO nibbles to make a night of it.
Contemporary Botanical Watercolours - 2 Days MARCH with Natalie Martin
SOLD OUT - Email us if you want to go on the wait list, if we get enough requests we will run a second workshop :) We are flying up Melbourne illustrator Natalie Martin for 2 days for you to…
Contemporary Botanical Watercolours - March2 with Natalie Martin
We are flying up Melbourne illustrator Natalie Martin for this 2nd workshop for you to let your creativity and colour flow! Natalie uses bright bold colours to depict our Aussie botanicals, join her for a weekend while we…
Pastel Portraits in Realism APRIL with David Wells
If you are someone who loves to get your art as close to a photo as you can, then this is the workshop for you. You don't need to be a good drawer, images are traced so you…
LEARN TO PAINT WATERCOLOUR (NATIVES)- 1 DAY WORKSHOP APRIL 2019 with Jan Lawnikanis
Learn to Paint using watercolours in our 1 Day Workshop for beginners where all materials are included and all you need to do is show up and have fun.
Botanical Still Life Oil Painting - May with Hobie Porter
Drawing inspiration from Australian flora and working from life, Hobie will be teaching you his tools & techniques required for the subtle Australian leaf colours to contrast with shock of colour that comes with our Aussie native flowers. He…
Painting Small Waves in Pastel - June with Lyn Mellady
Lyn will demonstrate and explain how to paint large and small waves breaking on the sand. As you paint and you will understand the energy that shapes the wave. See how the direction and shape of strokes…
Abstract Landscapes with Joan Blond
We are flying Yarra Valley based artist Joan Blond up to the Gold Coast for a weekend of large scale acrylic landscapes. It's time to grab your favourite colours & go big and bold. Perfect for beginners or those…
Large Scale Watercolour Portraits (5 Day Tyalgum Retreat) with Cherry Hood (Archibald WINNER)
SOLD OUT - Please book your 2nd prefernce and let us know to put you on the wait list for this workshop. Join Archibald winner and celebrated Australian watercolour artist Cherry Hood for an art workshop of large…Sold out
Funtastic Acrylics - throw, scrape, pour & play with paint (5 Day Tyalgum Art Retreat) with Jenni Kelly
This course will introduce students to an unorthodox approach to painting, be prepared to scrape, spray, throw and roll paint and leave brushes to last! Our Tyalgum Art Retreat brings together the arts community like no other with…
Drawing Portraits (5 Day Tyalgum Art Retreat) with Manuela Pilz
Learn how to work from the live model and the necessary tools and techniques for creating likeness in portraits over 5 days. Our Tyalgum Art Retreat brings together the arts community like no other with a whole 5 days dedicated…
The Inspired Landscape - Acrylic & Pastel (5 Day Tyalgum Art Retreat) with John Turton
This workshop will move you away from straight 'copying' and into the 'Imagined Landscape'. You will have the opportunity to work in acrylic on canvas with bold colour use and to also learn John's techniques for pastel using…
Light in the Landscape - Oil Painting (5 Day Tyalgum Art Retreat) with Hobie Porter
Join artist Hobie Porter for 5 days of landscape painting in Oils at our 5 Day Art Retreat in Tyalgum. Our Tyalgum Art Retreat brings together the arts community like no other with a whole 5 days dedicated to your arts…
Botanical Watercolour (5 Day Tyalgum Art Retreat) with Heidi Willis
SOLD OUT - You can still join Heidi for 5 days in NZ in November. Join one of Australia's best Botanical artists for 5 days at our Tyalgum Art Retreat. If you like your art to look 'realistic' and…Sold out
Representational Art in Acrylics - (5 Day Tyalgum Retreat) with Barry & Lucy McCann
We sat in stunned silence as we watched Barry McCann demonstrate his unique acrylic painting method at our 2018 retreat. After frustration with oils, Barry created a unique system to using acrylics that few have seen before. He has…
Travel Journaling - Plein Air (5 Day Tyalgum Art Retreat with James McKay
Have you always wanted to capture your travels in paint & drawing? This workshop will introduce you to the basics of working outdoors from life in pen & watercolour. Our Tyalgum Art Retreat brings together the arts community like no…