Art in the Park – Still Life Painting

Join the Parramatta Art Society for a leisurely day of art at Old Government House and get up close with some of the beautiful items from the collection which are not normally on display.

Over the course of this four hour workshop, Parramatta Art Society member, Brian Richardson, will take you through the stages of creating a still life work of art.

Using unique items from the Old Government House collection, a special composition will be arranged for you to capture on your canvas to create your own individual artwork. The workshop will commence with a practical demonstration of some basic drawing techniques. You will then have a chance to sketch the composition before moving onto painting. No matter where you are on your artistic journey, the Parramatta Art Society will be on hand to help.

Come along for a chance to get up close with some of the beautiful items from the collection which are not normally on display.  Drawing materials, painting boards and acrylic paint will be supplied. At the end of the workshop you can take home your artwork too.

There will be a break for lunch half way through the workshop where there will be an opportunity to view the Making Good exhibition and some of the artworks created by convict artisans on display.

The first colonial artists were the officers and convicts of the First Fleet. Mainly interested in mapping the colony and depicting the landscapes, it wasn’t until the 1830s that art in the colony started to be decorative.  Botanical drawings, still lives and portraits were painted to be sold to the free settlers and successful emancipated convicts to decorate their new homes in the growing settlement. Come along and continue this tradition by creating your own masterpiece to adorn your home.

Places are limited so booking is essential.


Photo by Kai Oberhäuser on Unsplash


This event is only suitable for those aged 18 and over. Each Art in the Park ticket includes complimentary entry to Old Government House and the Making Good exhibition. Lunch is not provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring along their own lunch or to order from our onsite restaurant, Lachlan’s.

Book via Eventbrite, where possible, to guarantee a spot.


With thanks to City of Parramatta Art Society.

Old Government House

Old Government House


Parramatta Park, Pitt Street Entrance
Parramatta 2150 NSW

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