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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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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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Acrylic Painting: An Introduction

Acrylic painting has some of the features of both oil painting and watercolours. It is therefore an ideal medium for those people wishing to explore traditional painting or more modern mixed media techniques. The course covers a number of genres including still life, landscape and the human figure. Cost of life model included in course fee. COURSE OUTLINES FOR NEW STUDENTS Introduction to acrylics, texture and colour mixing exercises Still life Tonal Study Landscape – part 1... [More]
$266 Limited inc GST / $239
Acrylic Painting: An Introduction

Acrylic painting has some of the features of both oil painting and watercolours. It is therefore an ideal medium for those people wishing to explore traditional painting or more modern mixed media

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

The Principles of Drawing for Beginners: Basic Geometric Shapes to Living Forms

A systematic guide to some of the fundamental principles that lead to a comprehensive proficiency in drawing. In the space of eight weeks, we will summarise skills that can be repetitiously applied in a three to five year drawing course; thus giving the beginner the necessary tools in a short time, to build on principles they can practice and repeat over a life time. The underlying assumption guiding these classes, is that absolutely anyone can learn to draw. Suitable for both the... [More]
$246 Limited inc GST / $221
The Principles of Drawing for Beginners: Basic Geometric Shapes to Living Forms

A systematic guide to some of the fundamental principles that lead to a comprehensive proficiency in drawing. In the space of eight weeks, we will summarise skills that can be repetitiously applied

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

Making a Concertina Sketchbook: Montage Sketches

Learn to make a concertina sketching. Using black pen and watercolour wash, draw and colour many small or varied size sketches in your handmade book to capture a themed subject. There will be a linking element so when the book opens, it will be a journey for the viewer and memories that are special to you. Class and individual demonstrations and tuition. All skill levels. COURSE OUTLINE Learn to make a simple, functional and impressive sketchbook to record your sketches Materials... [More]
$206 Limited inc GST / $185
Making a Concertina Sketchbook: Montage Sketches

Learn to make a concertina sketching. Using black pen and watercolour wash, draw and colour many small or varied size sketches in your handmade book to capture a themed subject. There will be a

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

Botanical Art – Drawing & Painting Liliums (Lilies)

Learn the intricacies of drawing and painting a lily. Using multiple watercolour washes, bring the flower to life with light and tone, gradated washes and overglazes. Create the illusion of three-dimensionality and understand the importance of a light source. Increase your observational skills. All levels. Class demonstrations and individual tuition. Please ensure you have a Materials List from WEA. Bring your own flower. COURSE OUTLINE Pencil Drawing: Students to complete a tonal... [More]
$206 Limited inc GST / $185
Botanical Art – Drawing & Painting Liliums (Lilies)

Learn the intricacies of drawing and painting a lily. Using multiple watercolour washes, bring the flower to life with light and tone, gradated washes and overglazes. Create the illusion of

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

Oil Painting for Beginners to Intermediate

This course is designed for anyone who has wanted to learn the fundamentals of oil painting. We will cover the basics of how to arrange an oil palette and mixing an initial nine pools of colour from light to dark. How to paint a range of objects, starting with the monochromatic before moving on to colour. While developing the knowledge of the relationship of both drawing and the modelling of form to painting, the main aim of this class will be to see and correctly record tone. Some... [More]
$258 Limited inc GST / $232
Oil Painting for Beginners to Intermediate

This course is designed for anyone who has wanted to learn the fundamentals of oil painting. We will cover the basics of how to arrange an oil palette and mixing an initial nine pools of colour from

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

Compose Yourself

This class is about composition. Improve the design of your photographs by being more aware of the various elements that are involved in constructing a picture. Sensitize yourself to the aesthetic tools for greater personal expression and greater visual impact in your photography. Analyse the work of the fine art masters of photography in practical class composition exercises and in a photographic assignment set to be completed for class discussion/critique. COURSE OUTLINE Design... [More]
$110 Limited inc GST / $99
Compose Yourself

<p>This class is about composition. Improve the design of your photographs by being more aware of the various elements that are involved in constructing a picture. Sensitize yourself to the aesthetic

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Drawing En Plein Air (Workshop)

Gain an appreciation of different environments whilst drawing outdoors. This workshop based class is suitable for beginners and experienced students and is guided by an experienced artist. Increase your skills for drawing with confidence en plein air. Wind, rain and sun are constant ingredients but spending time ‘with nature’ in a city like Sydney is unforgettable. We choose locations with a cafe or shelter nearby in case of bad weather which may involve buying a refreshment (cost... [More]

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Discover Art Journaling

While playing with colours, textures, images and words, you will be introduced to the world of Art Journaling. A fun session where no creative skills are necessary. All materials will be provided. [More]

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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]

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