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Short art classes give Sydney’s adults a chance to learn how to harness their creativity and use it productively in everyday life. We are all creative. Whether we ever had permission to explore imagination and develop artist techniques is a different matter. Even childhoods filled with a passion for art fall into the rut of adulthood where the proverbial hamster wheel is always chasing time. Step off the wheel and see how art classes for adults can change your perspective. Our classes are for a few hours a day or over the weekend, and we offer everything from drawing and painting to photography and practical art. Located in Sydney’s Central Business District, each short visual art course is accessible to everyone with public transport nearby and a building that is disabled friendly.


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Don't Pop That Flash! Using Natural Light in Photographic Portraiture

Don’t pop that flash! Natural light is by far the most exquisite light for creating portraiture. Emphasize different aspects of your subject by learning how to control and manipulate the environmental lighting qualities and lighting directions. Create evocative portraits using both indoor and outdoor natural light sources. Improve your methods of exposure, focus and composition. Experiment with different picture style colours and effects. Please ensure you bring your Digital SLR... [More]
$110 Limited inc GST / $99
Don't Pop That Flash! Using Natural Light in Photographic Portraiture

<p>Don’t pop that flash! Natural light is by far the most exquisite light for creating portraiture. Emphasize different aspects of your subject by learning how to control and manipulate the

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Letters of Gold: The Art of Illuminated Letters

Be guided step-by-step to produce an illuminated letter based on medieval forms. Learn how to use 23ct gold leaf, mix a range of colours and apply designs. These techniques could also be used in other forms of art. Suitable for beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills. Materials supplied, cost $25 (not included in course fee). Tutor’s work COURSE OUTLINE Analyse medieval illuminated letters Transfer the chosen letter to opaque paper Learn the techniques for flat and... [More]
$166 Limited inc GST / $149
Letters of Gold: The Art of Illuminated Letters

Be guided step-by-step to produce an illuminated letter based on medieval forms. Learn how to use 23ct gold leaf, mix a range of colours and apply designs. These techniques could also be used in other

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Experimenting with Drawing Materials

With inspiring reference and various still life set-ups this course will introduce students to a variety of drawing materials and techniques using pencil, charcoal, fineliner pens, pastels and ink to explore various ways of drawing. COURSE OUTLINE You will be shown and discuss examples of various artists' work Techniques will be demonstrated Exploring the use of a range of art materials Drawing with line and tone Using Ink and wash Composition Mark making MATERIALS LIST All... [More]
$110 Limited inc GST / $99
Experimenting with Drawing Materials

<p>With inspiring reference and various still life set-ups this course will introduce students to a variety of drawing materials and techniques using pencil, charcoal, fineliner pens, pastels and ink

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Draw A Portrait

Study the techniques of famous artists in history. Learn to draw the skull and human face in a variety of poses using both life models and casts. This class is structured as a workshop and is led by an experienced artist. It is suitable for beginners and more advanced students. The emphasis of this course, beside learning the basic rules, is to encourage and stimulate your creativity. COURSE OUTLINE Drawing the skull and what lies beneath the skin – The skull. Drawing the planes of... [More]
$110 Limited inc GST / $99
Draw A Portrait

Study the techniques of famous artists in history. Learn to draw the skull and human face in a variety of poses using both life models and casts. This class is structured as a workshop and is led by

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Introducing your Digital Camera

This class is for the beginner. Learn how to use your camera more effectively than just pressing the shutter button. Take control of the essential functions to effect changes in your photographs. Learn techniques for functional and creative application. Practical class exercises, visual displays and practical homework assignments culminating in an excursion. All digital cameras are suitable provided they have manual mode operation. COURSE OUTLINE Camera Care. What is a camera?... [More]
$192 Limited inc GST / $173
Introducing your Digital Camera

<p>This class is for the beginner. Learn how to use your camera more effectively than just pressing the shutter button. Take control of the essential functions to effect changes in your photographs.

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$225 Limited inc GST / $203
Introducing your Digital Camera

<p>This class is for the beginner. Learn how to use your camera more effectively than just pressing the shutter button. Take control of the essential functions to effect changes in your photographs.

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Watercolour/Pastel Painting

Choose watercolours or pastels. Pastels are simple to apply, and have endless possibilities. Through a series of drawing exercises, still-life, portrait and landscape studies, learn to improve your perception of colour and drawing ability. Rich and vibrant, or soft and delicate, pastels are an excellent bridge between drawing and painting, or valuable as a medium in itself. Watercolour painting is one of the most beautiful art forms. Explore both basic and creative techniques. On... [More]
$266 Limited inc GST / $239
Watercolour/Pastel Painting

Choose watercolours or pastels. <em>Pastels</em> are simple to apply, and have endless possibilities. Through a series of drawing exercises, still-life, portrait and landscape studies, learn to

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Watercolour Painting

Watercolour painting is one of the most beautiful art forms. Explore both basic and creative techniques. On completion, you should be able to paint a landscape and a portrait. Please note that while this is a beginners' class it is advisable that you have some previous drawing or art experience. Advanced students also welcomed. Cost of life model included in course fee. COURSE OUTLINE Use of materials, introduction to wash techniques. Texture exercises. Tonal exercises. Still life.... [More]
$266 Limited inc GST / $239
Watercolour Painting

Watercolour painting is one of the most beautiful art forms. Explore both basic and creative techniques. On completion, you should be able to paint a landscape and a portrait. Please note that while

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

The Elements of Drawing for Beginners

At a comfortable pace, this course employs a broad array of exercises to assist the beginner in understanding the basics of drawing which includes contour, proportion, mass, volume and tone. Different elements of drawing are examined in relation to a variety of objects, such as plants, rocks, prints and architectural forms. The class takes its inspiration from the famous beginners' drawing course formulated by the eminent Victorian draughtsman and art critic, John Ruskin. Suitable... [More]
$276 Limited inc GST / $248
The Elements of Drawing for Beginners

At a comfortable pace, this course employs a broad array of exercises to assist the beginner in understanding the basics of drawing which includes contour, proportion, mass, volume and tone. Different

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Colour and Collage for Beginners

Discover the highly creative realm of collage, while learning the art of visual composition. We will use the elements and principles of design and colour to investigate compositional structures and explore the varied possibilities of collage. We will investigate a wide range of approaches and styles to this art form, stimulating your imagination to discover creative possibilities. Colour theory and practise will be incorporated. COURSE OUTLINE Short History of Collage in the 20th... [More]
$280 Limited inc GST / $252
Colour and Collage for Beginners

Discover the highly creative realm of collage, while learning the art of visual composition. We will use the elements and principles of design and colour to investigate compositional structures and

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Pastel Workshop For Beginners and Intermediate

Pastels are both a drawing and painting medium and the ultimate tool for the creative artist. This workshop style class allows you to practise techniques to utilise the sensation of colour, with the guidance of an experienced artist. Suitable for beginner and intermediate students. The emphasis of this course, beside learning the basic rules, is to encourage and stimulate your creativity. COURSE OUTLINE Materials and tools. Pastel textures. Tonal Studies. Making colour work for... [More]
$276 Limited inc GST / $248
Pastel Workshop For Beginners and Intermediate

Pastels are both a drawing and painting medium and the ultimate tool for the creative artist. This workshop style class allows you to practise techniques to utilise the sensation of colour, with

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.