The Art Group consists of about 25-30 regular Artists who meet weekly on a Thursday from 9.00 am-12.00 noon at the Mackay Art Society Building in Snow Wright Court, Beaconsfield.

We are a self-help group and do not have actual tutors.  It was decided that if anyone wished to have tutors, they would attend workshops or choose their own tutor as the artists who do attend have a wide and varied interest in many mediums.  Some of the mediums used, Water Colour, Oils, Acrylics, Oil Crayons, Water Colour Pencils, Pastels, Pen & Ink, Pencil.

We have a small library of our own Reference Books which is run on an honour system.
Some artists choose to use tables/table easels to paint on or we have access to stand alone easels as well.  If you use the stand alone easels, we place a plastic cloth down on the carpet so as to catch spills.

The more accomplished artists are happy to assist if anyone asks for advice with their work.  We have a buddy system, usually with the person/persons who sit near or are friends with, within the group.

You must be a financial member of the Mackay U3A which has Insurance cover should an accident occur.  We do not allow children to attend as our group has people from 50 into their 80’s.  We have a fee of $6 per week which helps pay the rent for the air-conditioned venue as well as the great morning teas. (morning tea will not occur during COVID).  There is also soft music playing whilst you paint.  We have an end of year Christmas Party too. We hold a non-competitive Art Exhibition to showcase our Artist’s Works.

A very enjoyable social morning with a little bit of “Painting” is had by all who attend.

Due to COVID we are governed by numbers/space and have had to divide the group into two groups and they will paint on alternate weeks.
Group 1 recommences on 24th September and Group 2 on 1st October.

If you are unwell – stay home! Please remember to sanitize and keep safe distancing during COVID.

Senior Citizens and U3A Art are combining to display their Art in the Foyer of the Senior Citizens’ Centre. On re commencement of Art, there will be a changeover of art and remain for three months.

Email: or phone 0419668652



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