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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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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. You will have a “taste” of both worlds and finish your own handmade pieces. Additional materials $70 plus firing costs. 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 on the... [More]
$468 Limited inc GST / $421
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. You will

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This course has no current classes. 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

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

Art Journaling - Ignite Your Creativity

Art Journaling - Ignite Your Creativity

Art Journaling is a wonderful tool for anyone newly entering or re-entering, their creativity. It combines the excitement of mixed media with the benefits of journaling. Collaging, painting, doodling, and experimenting in an art journal is different from working on a canvas, it can stay as safe and private as you like. Art Journaling is not just for artists. You do not need to know how to draw. For beginners, it is a non-threatening, fun entryway into your creativity. For more... [More]
$199 Limited inc GST / $179
Art Journaling - Ignite Your Creativity

<p>Art Journaling is a wonderful tool for anyone newly entering or re-entering, their creativity. It combines the excitement of mixed media with the benefits of journaling. Collaging, painting,

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This course has no current classes. 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.

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.

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,

...

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]
$180 Limited inc GST / $162
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.

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.

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.

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