Creative Group Projects

From time to time Marion art Group organizes group projects for it’s members to participate in.


9 x 5 inch Christmas Gift Display of individual Paintings on easels at AGM 2021

This project was popular with 38 members participating. The idea was to be inspired by the concept of the 9×5 inch cigar lid paintings by the Australian Impressionists of the late 1800’s and create an appealing image useful as a Christmas gift. Members produced a huge variety of interpretations of subject matter, style and media. The display was well received by all attendees at the end of year AGM, and created much discussion amongst our members.

‘Rocky Outcrop’ Display of individual paintings at AGM 2020

This group project was inspired by the work of SA artist John Whitney and some observational drawings of rocks on one of his field trips. 35 Mag artists took part, resulting in a great display of different versions of this theme. Prizes were given, voted on by our members, for Best Composition: Lynne Wong, Best Control of Technique: Chris Creese, Best Interpretation: Rae Newton and a best in show was calculated from the most overall votes: Robert Richardson. In a challenging covid pandemic year, a successful end of year AGM, member’s display and a wind up was enjoyed by all.

‘This is Me’ Display of individual paintings at AGM 2019

This group project was defined by a common theme, ‘This is me”. 40 enthusiastic members took part and the resulting display showcased a myriad of styles and interpretations. Members enjoyed the process of voting on a ‘best in show’ and 3 credits. This was a very successfull end of year project in all respects,  including an excellent attendance at our annual AGM. 

Eric Payne equal best in display
Charlie Sheers equal best in display.

40 year Celebration Compilation Paintings (2018)

Our members were invited to contribute to two large pieces, one a watercolour/pen and wash, the other an acrylic/oil/pastel. Forty small 200 x 100 mm paintings were completed, each in the unique style of the artist. The small paintings were then arranged in a tile-like pattern on each large piece.

Group framer, Mark Broadbent,  cleverly adhered the small paintings to MDF board and completed the framing.

Members were delighted with the results. It is hoped that the two impressive pieces  have historical significance for future memberships.


Jigsaw Paintings (2017)

Our creative group project this year was a revisit of our 2015 ‘Jig-saw’ project, but this time with a more difficult brief. Using unforgiving watercolours and difficult to handle pastels our brave MAG members tackled the two part project with enthusiasm. Our results were impressive and the photos included provided the evidence.

Participants really did manage to match colours and simulate the technique of the original artist to make their individual ‘jig-saw’ shapes an accurate copy. Copying the Masters is a time honoured practice for effective learning. Our participants certainly felt that they have learnt much from analysing and copying their piece(s) of the jigsaw.

Many thanks to Glenys Brokenshire and Rae Newton for organising the project. A special thanks to Mark Broadbent for providing the clever framing of the two pieces at a very low cost.