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Visual Arts courses available in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby

Become a visual artist or designer, or simply explore your own creativity through our engaging, informative and enjoyable Visual Arts courses.

Study design and visual art through one of our nationally-recognised short courses and workshops. You’ll learn key techniques with experienced tutors that will help you to realise your artistic potential. Our courses are also the perfect launchpad for further professional training in visual art.

Our short courses cover a diverse range of arts and design subjects, including:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Journaling
  • Screen Printing
  • Art History
  • Pottery
  • Design

Courses are hosted at both our Byron Bay and Mullumbimby campuses. Learn more through the individual course outlines below.

A student experience: Suzi Lechner

"Art and creativity has been a continued passion of mine since early childhood. Because I started a family at a young age tertiary education was not an option for many years, plus the logistics of long distance travel for further study also provided too many obstacles. With the discovery that the Byron Community collage offers a Certificate III course in Visual Arts I was compelled to sign up and without a doubt it was the best decision I could have ever made.

This has been a year filled with sustenance for my soul. To be fully immersed in the creative process over a wide range of mediums, under the guidance of such knowledgeable and supportive teachers, amongst a group of fellow students from a wide range of backgrounds, all in the local town of Mullumbimby. I feel very blessed to have had such an opportunity, both challenging and highly rewarding on a technical and personal level. I would recommend this course to others who may have a desire for creative expression."

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Art In Motion

Art In Motion

Get out and about in this creative art course. Learn new mixed media techniques using photography, drawing and painting taking your idea from concept to completion.... We take cameras and sketchbooks for a walk, looking at shop window displays, streetscapes, cafe culture, clouds, parks, gardens, and dogs. Learning about composition, close focus and distance perspective and cropping photos. We bring these observational sketches or photos back into the studio to develop further... [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Watercolour Still-Life

Watercolour Still-Life

Learn to paint some realistic, every day, household objects in simple tones. With the use of light and shadow to make objects look three-dimensional, we will arrange our subjects to make appealing picture compositions and mix the three primary colours to create interesting artworks. Your projects will involve at least one floral painting. Initially, we will work from a range of photographs and finish by painting objects from life! Extensive instruction will be given on drawing,... [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Painting From Nature

Painting From Nature

Gouache is opaque watercolour yielding rich velvety surfaces that can be used onto black and toned paper. It is a versatile medium that can be used in conjunction with other drawing and painting media, and is a great portable paint to have with you when travelling. We will paint from natural objects brought into the studio, which is a very relaxing way to connect with the natural world. A variety of gouache painting techniques will be explored using an assortment of brushes and we... [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Watercolours

Watercolours

Want to learn how to do those exquisite transparent watercolours? It’s not as hard as you think! We’ll experiment with brushwork, colour, textures, composition and perspective. You’ll be surprised with what you can achieve in a day. We venture into basic landscapes and seascapes, establishing a strong foundation for confident painting and self-expression. Ri demonstrates in class so students see ‘how to’ in action. This class suits beginners and experienced students. What students... [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Screen Printing

Screen Printing

Discover the joy of designing and printing your own images onto fabric, paper or timber in this weekend workshop suitable for beginners, or the more experienced artist. All processes of screen-printing will be covered, including the art of photo-emulsion application, stripping your screen, and printing with solvent-free inks onto your choice of materials: from t-shirts and textiles to paper and plywood. The weekend will give you plenty of time to get your design photographically... [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Visual Art - Breathing the Land

Visual Art - Breathing the Land

Breathing the Land is an opportunity to join a small group in an experiential research project focusing on deepening our relationship to the landscape we inhabit. This 7 week art practice will incorporate a range of modalities including meditation, walking, observation, drawing, painting and assemblage. We will make use of materials from the landscape to respond to country, drawing with local ochres, dyeing paper with local botanicals, fuelling our visual responses with local... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways FSK10213.
  • Write simple workplace information (FSKWTG06)
  • Use digital technology for simple workplace tasks (FSKDIG02)
  • Use strategies to plan simple workplace tasks (FSKLRG05)

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

Visual Art - Drawing, Colour and Composition

Visual Art - Drawing, Colour and Composition

Designed as a pathway course into the 2019 Certificate 3 in Visual Arts. This short course will focus on observational drawing, the principles of design for successful composition and basic colour theory. A perfect introduction for those with no previous art training or for those who want to brush up on old skills. This course, held in the wonderful Laneway Studio, will provide individual attention to support your creative thinking and engagement with contemporary art practice.... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways FSK10213.
  • Participate in simple spoken interactions at work (FSKOCM03)
  • Read and respond to simple workplace procedures (FSKRDG05)
  • Read and respond to basic workplace information (FSKRDG04)
Visual Art - Drawing, Colour and Composition

<p>Designed as a pathway course into the 2019 Certificate 3 in Visual Arts. This short course will focus on observational drawing, the principles of design for successful composition and basic colour

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

Weaving Introduction

Weaving Introduction

During this workshop you will learn the basics of tapestry weaving on a frame loom. From warping the loom to creating a woven wall hanging using easy to follow techniques with a range of natural yarn including wool, silk and cotton.Also learn how to make yarn using recycled t-shirts and jeans. Weaving is a wonderful way to incorporate mindfulness and creativity into our busy lives. Students will be provided with their own frame loom, a weaving needle, warp thread, a beginner’s... [More]
$130 Limited inc GST / $117
Weaving Introduction

<p>During this workshop you will learn the basics of tapestry weaving on a frame loom. From warping the loom to creating a woven wall hanging using easy to follow techniques with a range of natural

...

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

Drawing In The Park

Drawing In The Park

Drawing and Painting outside is a great way to relax and observe the details of nature. We will be based in Heritage Park in Mullumbimby and will meet in the studio first to explore a variety of drawing and painting techniques. We will make short trips out into the park throughout the day, regrouping in the studio to refresh ourselves and check on progress made. The tutor will demonstrate various ways of using Graphite pencils, felt tipped pens, watercolour and gouache (opaque... [More]
$95 Limited inc GST / $85
Drawing In The Park

<p>Drawing and Painting outside is a great way to relax and observe the details of nature. We will be based in Heritage Park in Mullumbimby and will meet in the studio first to explore a variety of

...

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

Pottery Introduction

Pottery Introduction

This course will provide you with the opportunity to learn basic techniques in handbuilding and wheel work. Both of these creative processes are beautiful and quite different in nature. In this course you will be able to have a “taste” of both worlds and finish your own handmade pieces. Additional materials $35 plus firing. In this course you will get the opportunity to learn and experience: Introduction of clay types and preparation for wheel throwing and hand building Basic skill... [More]
$263 Limited inc GST / $237
Pottery Introduction

<p>This course will provide you with the opportunity to learn basic techniques in handbuilding and wheel work. Both of these creative processes are beautiful and quite different in nature. In this

...

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

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