Acrylics workshop coming to the Vancouver Arts Centre 

Painting Umbrellas (Supplied/Hazel Cacioppe )

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Fremantle artist Hazel Cacioppe will host two painting workshops in Albany later this month which focus on capturing light in landscape paintings.

The classes will take an expressionistic and colourful approach to landscape painting, where participants will watch a demonstration before being guided through the painting process.

Both workshops are being held at the Vancouver Arts Centre, the first of which will focus on painting cafe umbrella scenes.

The second workshop will explore painting sea and sky scenes.

A life of teaching and creating art 

Cacioppe is passionate about teaching people how to capture light and composition within their paintings and how to draw the viewer’s eye in.

“For me it’s about light in the cafe umbrella scenes,” she said.

“I love to capture the light, colours and shapes of the scene, which is the composition. 

“I also like to point out to them where is the detail where you want to draw the viewer into the image. 

“I love teaching and seeing people have a go at things they think they didn’t even think they could do.”

Inspired through travel 

Cacioppe said she’s inspired by the landscapes and scenes encountered throughout her travels. 

“Those impressions that you receive from your experiences of landscapes and water never leave you and you can always draw on them,” she said.

“If somebody could step into one of my paintings, I would love to be able to do that, allow someone to feel as though they can step through a window.

“Which is a bit like the cafe scenes, you are really stepping into your own experience, which would be great down in Albany… you are stepping back into an experience that delights you.”

Artists of all skill levels welcome 

The workshops are open to people of all skill levels who are interested in exploring the use of acrylic paints.

“In the sky or ocean scenes it’s about using the acrylics to move quickly and to express those emotions and feelings that you see and connect with, to be able to move swiftly over a canvas with your brushstrokes,” Cacioppe said.

The Painting Umbrellas with Hazel Cacioppe workshops will be held at the Vancouver Arts Centre on May 30 from 9.30am to 4pm.

For more information, contact Lee Garvey on 0427 464 182.

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