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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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Producing Public Art In Byron

Producing Public Art In Byron

This course is for artists and sculptors who wish to take their work to the public realm. Having your 3D art on a street corner or in a public park, or on the grounds of a museum or a resort, involves a whole other set of skills, often not associated with making art; risk assessments, engineering to council standards, collaborating with council and specialists, creating a secure worksite and having an understanding of civil works. Your creative process is also not entirely your own... [More]
$10 Limited inc GST
Producing Public Art In Byron

<p>This course is for artists and sculptors who wish to take their work to the public realm. Having your 3D art on a street corner or in a public park, or on the grounds of a museum or a resort,

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

Creative Plaiting

Creative Plaiting

Plaiting is a unique tradition of Australian bushcraft which utilises leather and fibres such as grasses, linen and nylon. Demonstrations include using a fid, splitter, lacing device and traditional thumbnail method of cutting out leather. Maintenance and preservation of artefacts. Tutor’s own examples of plaiting and a brief history of leather plaiting with an Introduction to Australian Plaiters and Whipmakers Association Journal. Additional materials $40 You will Learn: An... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $170
Creative Plaiting

<p>Plaiting is a unique tradition of Australian bushcraft which utilises leather and fibres such as grasses, linen and nylon. <br/>Demonstrations include using a fid, splitter, lacing device and

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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

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

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]
$189 Limited inc GST / $170
Art In Motion

<p>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

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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 FSK1

Drawing From The Right Side Of The Brain FSK1

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]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Participate in simple spoken interactions at work (FSKOCM03)
$150 Limited GST free / $135
Drawing From The Right Side Of The Brain FSK1

<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

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STOP! If you live or work in NSW do not enrol online! We have NSW Government subsidised places available for $108 for this course, please call 02 6684 3374 for details.

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

Acrylic Adventures

Acrylic Adventures

Standing in front of a canvas can feel daunting. Ri shows how to jump in and experiment with brushwork, colours, textures and shapes – allowing a painting to appear before your eyes. Then it’s just a matter of taking it in the direction you like, whether abstract or impressionistic. Great for beginners and also experienced. You will come away with something you’ll be proud to hang on your wall. What to bring ACRYLIC PAINTS: white, black, crimson, cadmium red, cadmium yellow, lemon... [More]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Acrylic Adventures

<p>Standing in front of a canvas can feel daunting. Ri shows how to jump in and experiment with brushwork, colours, textures and shapes – allowing a painting to appear before your eyes. Then it’s just

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If there isn't a class to suit you, 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]
$175 Limited inc GST / $158
Watercolour Still-Life

<p>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

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

Meant To Bead

Meant To Bead

Meant to Bead is the only hot glass workshop in the local area. This is a rare opportunity to learn the art of glass bead making in a relaxed safe enviroment with the flaming torch. Every person has the opportunity to make a bracelet, necklace or earings in every class. Additional materials fee $50. View our 1min video at www.meanttobead.com.au What to bring $50 to pay tutor for materials Covered shoes hair tie for long hair Important information Once your enrolment is completed... [More]
$210 Limited inc GST / $189
Meant To Bead

<p>Meant to Bead is the only hot glass workshop in the local area. This is a rare opportunity to learn the art of glass bead making in a relaxed safe enviroment with the flaming torch. Every person

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

Henna - Sacred Body Art

Henna - Sacred Body Art

This workshop will show you how to create your own beautiful henna designs and introduce you to the sacred body art of henna. You will learn about the different styles of henna from around the world and have the opportunity to practice your skills with pre-prepared organic materials. Additional materials $20 What to bring $20 to pay tutor Henna kits can be be purchased on the day Own refreshments Feedback from Past Students “Really happy with what I learnt today. So much nicer &... [More]
$69 Limited inc GST / $62
Henna - Sacred Body Art

<p>This workshop will show you how to create your own beautiful henna designs and introduce you to the sacred body art of henna. You will learn about the different styles of henna from around the

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If there isn't a class to suit you, 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]
$165 Limited inc GST / $149
Painting From Nature

<p>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

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

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