2024 John Dudley Portrait Prize – Now Open for Entries

We are delighted to announce that the John Dudley Portrait Prize will be happening again in 2024.  This annual exhibition celebrates the life of a great artist, past president and proud supporter of the arts.  This year, thanks to the generosity of the Dudley Family, the First Prize has been increased to $2000.  There will still be a People’s Choice award of $500.

Please note that the closing date for entries this year will be Saturday the 22nd of June 2024Opening night is Friday 19th July 7pm at the Hills Hub, Emerald

Also note, as per previous years, due to space restrictions entries cannot exceed 1.2m x 1.2m.  Full details, including Conditions of Entry, are available on the Entry Form.

John Dudley Prize


Monochrome Watercolour Workshop – Sun 17th March, 2024

The Workshop:
Maxine will present a variety of subjects to explore, using a VALUE SCALE (from white paper to darkest colour) …skip the difficulties of colour mixing!  All you have to do is alter the proportions of water and paint to show light, shade and form.  These exercises will teach you the importance of VALUES.  You will also practice and review watercolour techniques of wet into wet, drybrush and glazing… and the importance of leaving the white of the paper!

The Teacher:
Maxine Wade is an award-winning professional artist and teacher, with 30 years in secondary schools and 20 years teaching watercolour and life drawing to adult classes.  Currently teaching at Malvern Artists Society, Gen Eira Cheltenham Art Group and McClelland Guild of Artists.  She is a member of these societies, plus the Victorian Arist’s Society, where she exhibits her work.  For 40 years a member of the Watercolour Society of Victoria.  In 2021, she wrote and published a successful watercolour instruction book called “Watercolour Warfare”.


  • Time: 10am-3pm
  • Location: EAS Studio, Cnr Church & Anne Sta
  • Cost: $85 Members; $120 Non-members
    Direct debit to Emerald Arts Society, Inc.
    Bendigo Bank,
    BSB: 633000
    ACCT: 196696249
    Ref: your name and workshop
  • Provided: Morning and afternoon tea
  • Bring:
    Your own lunch,
    Paints: burnt umber or burnt sienna, ultramarine blue or cobalt blue, sepia, Moonglow (Daniel Smith colour)… these colours will give you strong darks,
    Paper: 4 x A3 sheets watercolour paper, 100% cotton paper 300gsm, medium rough,
    Also your palette, brushes, masking tape, board, tissues & 2B pencil for sketching up.
  • Skills: Some previous watercolour experience

Book Your Place Now:
Send an email to ginamaymiller@icloud.com
or phone GINA on 0400-598-059


Young Adult Paint and Sip Workshop – Thursday 18th January 2024

The Emerald Arts Society is inviting young adults to attend a Paint and Sip Workshop  on Thursday the 18th of January 1pm to 4pm  This workshop is for 15 to 19 years old and is an alcohol free event.

Where: Emerald Arts Society, Cnr Church & Anne Sts, Emerald
When: Thursday the 18th of January 1pm to 4pm
Alcohol free event
All materials, food and refreshments provided
Cost : $20 Payment via EFT
BSB 633000 Acc 196 696 249
Please reference your payment with your surname followed by PSWS

To book contact Wendy eas.wendyl@gmail.com
0408 553325

Book early as there is a limit on numbers!


2023 – EAS Annual Art Exhibition – Open for Entries

This art show will be held 3rd – 7th Nov at the Hills Hub, Emerald.

Over $3000 in Prizes! 
Major Sponsor: The Shire of Cardinia

> Download the print version of the Entry Form 
> Download our Membership Form (2023)

Entries close: Friday 14th October

Delivery of Artworks: Thursday 2nd November, 2 pm to 5 pm

Official Opening: Friday 3rd November, 7.30 pm

Art Show Dates: Saturday to Tuesday, 4th Nov to 7th Nov, 10 am to 4 pm

Collection of Artworks: Tuesday 7th November, 4 pm to 6 pm

(more details below)

2023 Annual Art Exhibition
2023 Annual Art Exhibition - Conditions of Entry