What to bring:
• An A3 pad of cartridge paper OR your favourite drawing/sketching pad if you have one
• Graphite pencils of varying softness – HB, 2B, 4B, 8B
• Erasers – a common plastic eraser and a kneadable eraser
• An A3 sheet of brown (craft) paper and a red, brown and white Conte pencil.
• A stick of compressed charcoal, a stick of willow charcoal and a charcoal pencil.
BAS has a kitchen with a fridge, toaster and microwave if you would like to bring lunch, but there is also a range of cafés close to the studio.
Kristel Smits is a landscape artist working in the medium of drawing and painting, with a focus on colour as an expression of mood. She has a strong interest in extending traditional techniques into contemporary drawing and painting language. She has worked as an art restorer for over 20 years for many major cultural institutions and now runs her own painting conservation practice in Katoomba. Her profession allows her to study artworks at close range, and she is keen to share her technical and material knowledge with her students. Kristel holds a both a Master of Art degree and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the College of Fine Arts (University of NSW). Several years ago she undertook an artist residency at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, funded by the Australia Council for the Arts, to study Van Gogh's painting technique and brushwork. She has taught at the University of NSW Art & Design, the National Art School, Sydney Community College and the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.