The RQAS, from its modernised and functional new premises on Petrie Terrace, continues to achieve the original objectives of the Society to encourage Fine Arts and organise exhibitions in Brisbane.
The RQAS has a long, proud, though at times difficult, history. It was born from the wish of a group of like-minded people to share their love and interest in art and to establish a Queensland National Art Gallery (QNAG). Informal meetings in 1884 and 1885 brought together the group ultimately responsible for establishing the Queensland Art Society in 1887, the key figure being Isaac Walter Jenner. It was not all smooth sailing in the formative years due to infrequency of meetings, disagreement among members, lack of government support and concern over the works displayed in the first exhibition − a mixture of pictures on loan, copies and other non-original works. However the appointment of Richard Godfrey Rivers as president in 1891 brought a period of stability and a new policy of allowing only original works to be shown at exhibitions.
Because landscape (Aust.) was to be the concentrated subject, Yellow Ochre, Light Red and Paynes gray should have been listed in "materials needed. Disappointing for me, since I hadn't painted for such a while I took a limited pallet. However, the class was as described in the class profile and was good value for money. As a fine gesture, John gave all students a sample booklet of his work. I had stumbled on John's approach with interest, many years ago but had not pursued it. I enjoyed the overall creative and personal approach and have already recommended it to another artist. The outstanding feature for me was John's demonstrations.
Keep a light touch. Be brave. Not every painting will turn out. John Caldwell was a patient and helpful teacher.
Thank you Royal Qld Art Society and Jenni Kelly for offering and providing enjoyable and insightful instruction in the use of acrylics. Jenni was extremely generous with her information and teaching of techniques and the class and fellow students were both lots of fun. As a beginner to this medium I have come away with a myriad of techniques to practice and lots of inspiration from both Jenni and the other students. Thank you and happy painting!