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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.

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Oil Painting Basics

Oil Painting Basics

Keep it simple! Learn to paint from real objects, not photos. Concentrating on tone, we will paint a few simple, single objects: an apple, a cup, a teapot – or bring your own object. We will use light and shade to give a strong illusion of reality. This will provide a solid foundation for good still-life, portrait or landscape painting. What to bring Own canvas, palette, brushes and oil paint if you already have them. Otherwise materials can be purchased during the first lesson for... [More]
$175 Limited inc GST / $158
Oil Painting Basics

<p>Keep it simple! Learn to paint from real objects, not photos. Concentrating on tone, we will paint a few simple, single objects: an apple, a cup, a teapot – or bring your own object. We will use

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

Cyanotype Printing

Cyanotype Printing

The Cyanotype: This forgotten photographic printing process from the 19th century was invented by Sir John Herschel (1792–1871) in 1842. Also known as shadowgraphs or blue-prints, this fascinating photographic printing process can be used to create fine art prints, cards or bespoke books. Without any photographic knowledge or specialist equipment, it is possible to create beautiful images with the cyanotype process. Images can be printed on a range of surfaces such as fine art... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Cyanotype Printing

<p>The Cyanotype: This forgotten photographic printing process from the 19th century was invented by Sir John Herschel (1792–1871) in 1842. Also known as shadowgraphs or blue-prints, this fascinating

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

Playing Around With Oil Pastel And Mixed Media

Playing Around With Oil Pastel And Mixed Media

This playful one day course will transform your outlook on oil pastel and add new techniques to your drawing skills. Layers of glazing and glowing translucent oil washes on textured backgrounds create rich, exciting effects. We will also combine oil pastels, ink and surface textures to give depth and interest to your work. You should be able to take home up to 3 beautiful completed artworks from this one day workshop. Feedback from Past students “The class was delivered in an easy... [More]
$106 Limited inc GST / $95
Playing Around With Oil Pastel And Mixed Media

<p>This playful one day course will transform your outlook on oil pastel and add new techniques to your drawing skills. Layers of glazing and glowing translucent oil washes on textured backgrounds

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

Goddess Mixed Media

Goddess Mixed Media

Always wanted to learn how to draw faces? In a beautiful, unique way? The Goddess Mixed Media course does just that, incorporates drawing faces with mixed media. Spend some time learning to draw a face and getting proportion and shape correct. Faces can be a lot of fun to draw and I have a foolproof almost mathematical way of showing you how to achieve a lovely result. We then paint the image using mixed media techniques. This is a fun engaging class of drawing and painting, paints... [More]
$169 Limited inc GST / $152
Goddess Mixed Media

<p>Always wanted to learn how to draw faces? In a beautiful, unique way? The Goddess Mixed Media course does just that, incorporates drawing faces with mixed media. Spend some time learning to draw

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If there isn't a class to suit you, 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.
  • Participate in simple spoken interactions at work (FSKOCM03)
  • Use digital technology for simple workplace tasks (FSKDIG02)

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

Visual Art - Dreaming in Colour 2

Visual Art - Dreaming in Colour 2

Are you interested in exploring painting in a style between realism and abstraction? This 7-week immersion into collage, colour and painting will draw inspiration from a range of expressionist painters who were more concerned with their emotional responses than an objective reality. Drawing on memory, imagination, dreams and collage this class will step you through a process to help you draw and paint expressively with your own painting signature. This class continues to develop... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways FSK10213.
  • Write simple workplace information (FSKWTG06)
  • Read and respond to basic workplace information (FSKRDG04)

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

Sea Shells On The Seashore

Sea Shells On The Seashore

Do you love sea shells and fossicking at the beach? Got a collection of shells at home gathering dust? Join us and create a beautiful mosaic shell mirror, picture frame or sculptural object. Inspired by her recent trip to Germany, Virginia visited some of the extraordinary shell grotto palaces and is bursting with sea shell creativity to help you bring your ideas and pieces to life. Materials provided or bring your own treasures to play with. Virginia will supply mirror, wooden... [More]
$145 Limited inc GST / $131
Sea Shells On The Seashore

<p>Do you love sea shells and fossicking at the beach? Got a collection of shells at home gathering dust? Join us and create a beautiful mosaic shell mirror, picture frame or sculptural object.

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

Printing On Clay

Printing On Clay

Get your hands into clay learning a simple handbuilding technique using clay slaps (rolled out clay) and exploring surface decoration techniques using coloured slips. This is an easy and fun way to achieve very beautiful results. Claudia has an extensive collection of stamps and stencils to explore the endless possibilities this simple process offers. You will make 2-3 small to medium size bowls or plates to take home and treasure. Price includes all materials and firing. This... [More]
$110 Limited inc GST / $99
Printing On Clay

<p>Get your hands into clay learning a simple handbuilding technique using clay slaps (rolled out clay) and exploring surface decoration techniques using coloured slips. This is an easy and fun way to

...

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

Elements Of Watercolour

Elements Of Watercolour

It’s easy when you know how! Watercolour is a gorgeous, luminous medium which allows for surprise, adventure and expressiveness. Over four sessions, we will explore four basics of landscape; sky, trees, rocks, water. Ri demonstrates each class and shows how to trust the playfulness of watercolour and how to express your creative self with ease. This course provides a great foundation for landscape painting in watercolour. Additional material fees apply. What to bring *Watercolour... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $170
Elements Of Watercolour

<p>It’s easy when you know how! Watercolour is a gorgeous, luminous medium which allows for surprise, adventure and expressiveness. Over four sessions, we will explore four basics of landscape; sky,

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

Creating Memorable Photo Books

Creating Memorable Photo Books

It may be your family history, or a concept for a children’s book. Learn how to develop that idea using the latest in easy-to-use digital publishing software to make it into a book. You’ll have two tutors to help you develop the idea and make it a reality. You will need basic computer skills, a selection of images and a laptop if you have one. After just two days, your book will be on the way to the printers! Course costs exclude digital book publishing costs. What to bring:... [More]
$175 Limited inc GST / $158
Creating Memorable Photo Books

<p>It may be your family history, or a concept for a children’s book. Learn how to develop that idea using the latest in easy-to-use digital publishing software to make it into a book. You’ll have

...

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

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