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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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Certificate III In Visual Arts

Certificate III In Visual Arts

Learn the visual art skills, art history and design processes to develop yourself as an artist. Our Certificate III in Visual Arts is a year-long, part-time course, perfect for students ready to take their visual arts practice to the next level. The national certificate course has a wide-ranging and engaging syllabus. You’ll cover diverse areas of visual arts study including art history, drawing and painting techniques, colour theory, and design processes. It’s the perfect... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Visual Arts CUA31115.
Certificate III In Visual Arts

<p>Learn the visual art skills, art history and design processes to develop yourself as an artist.</p><p>Our Certificate III in Visual Arts is a year-long, part-time course, perfect for students ready

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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. 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 of throwing... [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

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If there isn't a class to suit you, 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]
$150 Limited inc GST / $¤,135
Screen Printing

<p>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

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

Out and About

Out and About

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 drawings and paintings in your chosen media. Suitable for all levels of experience. As well as learning technical skills this course enables participants to enjoy sharing... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $¤,170
Out and About

<p>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

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

Drawing From the Right Side of the Brain

Drawing From the Right Side of the Brain

For those who think they can’t draw! This course will teach you how to draw what you see, not what your brain thinks is there. We will be utilising exercises from Betty Edwards' famous book amongst others. You will also be given some practical tips on how to draw people and faces. We will be using pencil, pen and charcoal. You will be surprised and proud of what you can do! For reference buy the book Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain by Betty Edwards. What to bring 2B pencils... [More]
$150 Limited inc GST / $¤,135
Drawing From the Right Side of the Brain

<p>For those who think they can’t draw! This course will teach you how to draw what you see, not what your brain thinks is there. We will be utilising exercises from Betty Edwards' famous book amongst

...

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

Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Build on your Certificate III in Visual Arts, or prior experience in the creative arts industry, by progressing onto our Certificate IV in Visual Arts course. Aimed at pre-professionals with strong foundation skills in art and design, this studio-based course encourages independent work, technical progression and the development of core theoretical and analytical visual art skills. By the end of the course, students will have the tools and confidence to develop their own visual... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate IV in Visual Arts CUA41315.
  • Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work (CUAPPR405)
  • Produce drawings to communicate ideas (CUAACD301)
  • Explore the use of colour (BSBDES301)
  • Experiment with techniques to produce paintings (CUAPAI401)
  • Develop self as artist (CUAPPR404)
  • Experiment with techniques to produce drawings (CUADRA401)
  • Produce digital images (CUADIG305)
  • Select and prepare creative work for exhibition (CUAPPR407)
  • Communicate effectively with arts professionals (CUAIND403)
  • Research history and theory to inform own arts practice (CUARES403)
  • Document the creative work progress (CUAPPR302)
  • Realise a creative project (CUAPPR401)
  • Contribute to health and safety of self and others (BSBWHS201)
  • Collaborate in a creative process (BSBCRT402)
  • Experiment with techniques to produce sculpture (CUASCU401)
Certificate IV in Visual Arts

<p>Build on your Certificate III in Visual Arts, or prior experience in the creative arts industry, by progressing onto our Certificate IV in Visual Arts course.</p><p>Aimed at pre-professionals with

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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.

Drawing From Nature

Drawing From Nature

Draw inspiration from nature whilst learning the fundamental skills of drawing. The focus will mostly be on observing and drawing natural objects brought into the studio, with the occasional use of reference photographs. Participants will be shown a range of pencil techniques and encouraged to experiment with graphite pencils, combined with watercolour, to create interesting effects. This is a wonderful opportunity to take the time to investigate the incredible diversity of forms... [More]
$162 Limited inc GST / $¤,146
Drawing From Nature

<p>Draw inspiration from nature whilst learning the fundamental skills of drawing. The focus will mostly be on observing and drawing natural objects brought into the studio, with the occasional use of

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If there isn't a class to suit you, 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]
$175 Limited inc GST / $¤,158
Watercolours

<p>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

...

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

Henna - sacred body art

Henna - sacred body art

Introduction to the sacred body art of henna. You will discover the origins of henna and different styles of henna around the world. You will learn the basic elements of a henna design and you will have the opportunity to practice your skills with preprepared cones. This workshop will show you how to create your own beautiful henna designs. Additional materials $42 What to bring $42 to pay tutor Henna kits can be be purchased on the day Own refreshments Feedback from Past Students... [More]
$69 Limited inc GST / $¤62
Henna - sacred body art

<p>Introduction to the sacred body art of henna. You will discover the origins of henna and different styles of henna around the world. You will learn the basic elements of a henna design and you will

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

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