Winter in the Garden – Saturday 3 August 2024

We invite you to burst out of the winter blues, rug up and come to Terroux for a day of art and winter garden magic

What’s on offer

  • Open Garden 10 am to 3pm – Entry by donation
  • Art classes 1pm to 3pm – $20 per person. All equipment provided and free admission to the Open Garden. Choose either Fun with Acrylics with Dee Copeland or Paint a Poem with Akka Constantin Ballenger

Open Garden

The gardens will be open from 10am to 3pm and you are free to roam and enjoy the changing season, the beautiful view and the clear air. Refreshments will be available for purchase from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

11am Free talk and walk by Jake from Living Green Sustainable Gardening. Jake will be talking about how he came to work in regenerative agriculture. Explore with Jake and Peter the contrast between the regenerative work and formal gardens at Barb and Pete’s stunning rural property.

During the walk there will also be a brief hands on session on rose pruning with fundamentals explained and chance to have go.

Art classes 1pm to 3pm

Fun with Acrylics with Dee Copeland – An adults only class

Dee will take you on a magical journey of discovery. If you have always wanted to try your hand at painting or if you have been sketching for a few years, or you may have ‘painter’s block’ or just lost your mojo temporarily (it happens to us all)…come along and enjoy painting in a friendly atmosphere amongst a truly beautiful setting that will inspire you and be food for your soul!

Learn techniques that focus on building layers of paint to create colourful artworks. We will be painting an easy landscape scene in this workshop. Please bring a photo or two that you can use as a basis for your artwork.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience, including absolute beginners. The main purpose is to have fun with paint and create your own style of Art!

Materials will be supplied by Tutor i.e. canvas, brushes and acrylic paint etc.

Participants please bring photograph/s, an apron, a couple of old cloths, 1 x paper towel roll, a camera or phone.

Paint a Poem with Akka Constantin Ballenger

Suitable for adults and accompanied children

Step into the enchanting world of watercolours with Akka Ballenger Constantin’s workshop, where nature’s elegance meets the stroke of your brush.

Discover the magic of colourful leaves as you breathe life into your miniatures, each stroke a testament to nature’s intricate beauty.

Explore the delicate dance between poetry and painting and let your words dance alongside the delicate veins of your painted foliage, crafting a masterpiece that reflects the depths of your soul. 

Book here for Paint a Poem $20 per person

About the teachers:

Deanna ‘Dee’ Copeland has been an Art lover all her life…. 

After marrying, raising a family of four and completing two degrees (B.Bus HR/IR) and Masters (Adult Ed), Dee was a Sessional Lecturer at two Universities whilst running a WHS business for 21 years. Upon retirement she decided it was time to enjoy the finer things of life.  She had three main goals – to travel, to paint and to write a book!  The tragic loss of her husband in 2011 prompted Dee to travel – firstly around Australia then the British Isles and Europe, where she took a sketchpad and also immersed herself in the history of various countries. 

In 2015 Dee moved from Menai to Canberra to be close to her family and revived her passions to paint and write. Dee is mainly a landscape artist using watercolour, acrylic and pen, with a few oil paintings to her name!  She has also written and published two books.

Over the years Dee has attended Art Retreats in Tuscany Italy with Annie Herron, in the UK with Deanna Sergeant, Act in Action Workshops in NSW as well as ASOC Workshops in Canberra. Dee is passionate about local history and enjoys Canberra’s rich heritage through her body of work and as a volunteer at Lanyon.

As an Art and STEM educator, Akka Ballenger Constantin brings her passion for creativity and learning to the classroom. Her STEAM Hive workshops bring together words, colours, and sparks to create unique and memorable experiences for her students.

She uses art as a vehicle to support literacy and STEM learning, helping students to develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Her workshops are known for their fun and engaging approach, and her students leave feeling inspired and empowered.

Akka is a multi-disciplinary artist and poet who is committed to helping others discover their own creative potential. She is passionate about providing equal learning opportunities for all and has a background in journalism, teaching, writing, and art-making.

All art class fees will be paid to the teachers. Open Garden entrance fees along with proceeds from our Open Garden catering will be donated to Big hArt.

Big hArt is a charity that works with communities creating high quality art to transmit their stories and deal with disadvantage in innovative ways.