The Artists’ Muse for 65 Years

Flagstaff Gardens by Barbara Rogalski
Flagstaff Gardens by Barbara Rogalski

There’s a reason the Box Hill Art Group has been going strong for 65 years this year. Commencing in 1952, it has serviced its community well, nurturing the talents of thousands of budding artists, as well as stretching the skills of experienced and exhibiting artists along the way.

Its weekly classes cater for watercolour, oil, acrylic, pastel, drawing and mixed media. Then there’s the monthly life drawing sessions, all with tutorage from seasoned award-winning artists who are only too eager to pass on their practical secrets about how to make excellent works of art. But there’s more to it than just making art.

While we know that painting and drawing are enjoyable, satisfying, therapeutic and good for the soul, it also combats social isolation by extending one’s social life, and it helps in the fight against depression and dementia by stretching one’s brain in the art of learning.

Brushtail possum by Rosemary Morgan
Brushtail possum by Rosemary Morgan

Not only does the Box Hill Art Group provide for all styles and competence levels, it also provides opportunities for special workshops; regular painting expeditions to local destinations of note (followed up with social lunches); and the opportunity of exhibiting original art twice each year.

The Group also keeps interested parties abreast of what is going on in the wider art communities. For those who enjoy engaging online, there is a range of information available on the Box Hill Art Group website, as well as on its Facebook and meetup pages. As Helen Harris, Chair of the Whitehorse Council’s Visual  Arts Committee said:

“Whether you’ve just  retired, or simply have  time on your hands,  I cannot recommend  the Box Hill Art Group  highly enough. It’s made  up of really interesting  people from all walks of life who  simply love to paint fabulous pictures.  Some enter their creative art into  community art competitions where  many attract buyers, while others  simply have them framed for their  own walls at home.”

It’s the holistic art experience  which allows new people to try out  a class or two before committing  to a term of lessons by booking  online for only $10 per lesson.  For more information visit www. or call Eric on 0424 775 540.

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Colin Stephen has a BA in Public Relations and enjoyed a diverse career in music, marketing, public relations, advertising and event management. Now retired, he writes for fun.