COULD Gladstone produce the next van Gogh or Monet?

Residents were taking up the challenge at the Young at Art workshop at the Neighbourhood Centre on Saturday morning.

Miriam Ogden said she was "painting a Monet".

It was her first painting and she named it The Flowering Meadow and said it was "priceless".

Karen Mullane was painting a homage of van Gogh's Sunflowers.

"Painting is a good way to relax and take your mind off life's stresses," she said.

Artist Janie Peterson said the workshop was about introducing the participants to the use of acrylic paint.

"It's all about getting to know the paint and brushes, how to apply it, how to mix the colours and compose paintings," she said.

Helen Priest wanted to learn how to paint again after having a break for 10 years.

Mrs Priest said her favourite painter was Joseph Turner.

She said she wanted to learn about painting so she would have something to do when she retired.

Megdelena Rios was painting for the first time.

"I came to the workshop to enjoy myself and to learn something new," she said. "I used to do mosaics and this is a bit simpler than that."

Mrs Rios said her favourite artist was Pablo Picasso and she admired his work Guernica.

"I would like to paint like him," she said.

Lynn McKewin said she was painting a scene out of her imagination.

"It's a strange mixture of Fiji and Russia, but it's somewhere I'd like to go," she said.

Mrs McKewin said workshop guide Janie Peterson had been a great help.

"I want to go out and learn more now," she said.

Ms Peterson said she set up a table of objects to inspire the workshop attendees.

"I'm here to help, guide and encourage them," she said.

"I've always enjoyed art since I was little, but it was the moment I believed in myself as an artist that allowed me to create art.

"I was always told it's just a hobby and that I couldn't make any money from it.

"But at the moment it's all I do and I love it.

"I believe everyone benefits from creating art."

She said art helped people relax.

"In this world of busy, busy, busy... we don't stop," she said.



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